Football is a game of inches. But sometimes, it's about a foot.
College football's Week 11 slate offered a number of plays near sidelines or endlines where teams were reminded that receivers must have control of the ball and put down an entire foot -- from heel-to-toe or toe-to-heel -- in order for a catch to count.
From the NCAA rulebook: "If one foot first lands inbounds and the receiver has possession and firm control of the ball, it is a catch or interception even though a subsequent step or fall takes the receiver out of bounds."
While the rules differ from the NFL, where you need to have control and have two feet in bounds on plays near the sidelines, the interpretation is the same.
Missouri, Texas Tech and several other schools had plays Saturday where a player caught a ball and thought he had one whole foot in bounds -- but replays showed that either the player's heel or toes were out of bounds upon landing. To their credit, many referees didn't need instant replay to ma...