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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Official: Clock error in Louisville win

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The coordinator of officials for Conference USA is acknowledging there was a clock issue during the second half of No. 7 Louisville's 72-0 victory over Florida International on Saturday.

Gerald Austin says the clock was allowed to run at times when it should have been stopped. He says the problem occurred when an official misinterpreted a comment by Panthers coach Ron Turner.

Austin and Turner say the coach never requested a running clock.

Austin says: "After reviewing the tape there were five times that the clock should have been stopped and it did not. Four times were on first down and one play where the runner went out of bounds, based on a quick review of the video."

Louisville led 38-0 at halftime.

"I did notice it was going quicker," Turner said. "First of all, I don't have the authority to request it. I wish I had the authority. I'm not saying I wouldn't have, you know, but I did not request it."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.