The thing is, MJ wasn’t set in a passing posture. He jumped to throw that one.Thanks for attending, but I'm not ready to concede this point. They have the better offense, no doubt, but I'm not so sure about the better team. A few breaks the Illini way (potential interceptions caught, flag for holding not picked up(!), just slightly better thrown balls or catchable balls caught, starters back from suspension(?)) and the Illini could have won handily. If committing penalties at inopportune times absolves a team of deficiencies, well, the Illini might be a top 20 team the last few years!
I also want to comment on a roughing the passer penalty committed by USF. J Leman and Dave Revsine seemed to think the Illini caught a break, but they seem to be ignorant of a rule that is now four years old. I was not aware of this rule, either, until soupy17 brought it to our attention in the WIU game thread. Basically, no hits at or below the knee when the qb is in a passing posture. Based on this rule, it was an obvious penalty. Here's the link soupy17 shared:
NCAA approves new rule to protect QBs against hits below knee
We caught a break there.