Michigan’s Roman Wilson upset over ‘bulls—‘ overturned touchdown call against TCU

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A controversial call during Michigan’s loss to TCU in the college football playoff semifinal had the wide receiver participate in the play even after the game had ended.

In the second quarter, it looked like the Wolverines had a touchdown in the bag with a pass from quarterback JJ McCarthy to wide receiver Roman Wilson, who caught the ball and appeared to fall towards the end zone. However, officials determined that when Wilson went down, the ball had not yet crossed the plane and ended up 1 yard from the goal line.

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Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Roman Wilson catches a pass at the one yard line during the VRBO Fiesta Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs on December 31, 2022 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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Roman Wilson of the Michigan Wolverines goes down again in the end zone against the TCU Horned Frogs on December 31, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.

Roman Wilson of the Michigan Wolverines goes down again in the end zone against the TCU Horned Frogs on December 31, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.
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McCarthy then tried to pass the ball to Kalel Mullings, but he fumbled in the end zone and the Horned Frogs rallied, more points off the board.

TCU would win the game 51-45 in one of the biggest upsets since the inception of the CFP.

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Wilson still seemed excited about the no-touchdown call after the game.

“I caught the ball and I was in the end zone,” he told the New York Post After the match. “It’s some kind of bulls—they called that.”

Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson celebrates his touchdown against TCU, Saturday, December 31, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona.

Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson celebrates his touchdown against TCU, Saturday, December 31, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona.
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Missed calls and missed opportunities seemed to be the stuff of the game. TCU defenseman Kee’Yon Stewart was also accused of getting away with a goal penalty on a tackle by Michigan wide receiver Colston Loveland late in the game.

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Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy hugs a coach after the Fiesta Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.

Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy hugs a coach after the Fiesta Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.
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“We fought with all our hearts,” McCarthy said afterwards. “There are a lot of things we could have done better. I can’t wait to see the tape. But we’ll be back, and I promise.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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