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Joey Porter critical of Hochuli's call

10/12/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Joey Porter had something to say, and he wasn't afraid to share it.

The Miami Dolphins linebacker criticized beleaguered referee Ed Hochuli after Sunday's 29-28 loss to the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium.

Porter suggested Hochuli again failed to recognize a fumble by ruling it an incomplete pass. Porter contended he forced Texans quarterback Matt Schaub to cough it up with 1:02 left in the game and the Dolphins ahead 28-23.

"I stripped that ball," Porter said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'm looking for an apology or something Tuesday or Wednesday. But it will be too late by then. The game's over.

"That point in time, I know for sure I had both his arms when the ball came out. I mean, it wasn't by accident."

Hochuli erroneously ruled Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler had throw an incompletion in Week 2. Cutler actually fumbled, and the San Diego Chargers recovered. But Hochuli had blown the play dead. The Broncos retained possession and scored a touchdown to win the game.

Porter wondered why his play wasn't reviewed. Inside the final two minutes, all replays must be initiated by video officials and not be the challenge flag. But, as was the case with the Cutler play, the whistle blew the play dead and negated any continuation. The play had to stand as called on the field.

Three snaps after Porter's alleged forced fumble, an apparent interception made by Dolphins defensive back Andre Goodman was reviewed and overturned.

"Why wouldn't you review that play?" Porter asked. "That play was just as big, or more so. They didn't replay it [on the Reliant Stadium video scoreboard]. So I feel I got him. I didn't see it, but I really feel like the game was over then."