XFL Admits Officials Botched Call in Final Seconds of Seattle-Houston Game

Brandon Scott
March 08, 2020 - 11:06 am

The XFL released a statement acknowledging the Houston Roughnecks win against the Seattle Dragons ended improperly. 

P.J. Walker, on 4th down with the Roughnecks leading 32-23, appeared to kneel down with two seconds left to play. But the officials promptly left the field and there was no apparent review of the play to determine whether the Dragons should have received the ball in Roughnecks territory with just a few seconds left, giving them a chance to tie the game. 

The XFL's statement Saturday evening said the "game should not have ended as it did. Replays showed clearly that the knee of Houston quarterback P.J. Walker touched the field, rendering him ‘down’ and the fourth-down play officially completed, with approximately two seconds remaining on the clock – effectively turning the ball over to Seattle on downs. With a nine-point differential in the score, Seattle was denied an opportunity to tie the game."

The league said it sincerely regrets the error and reassigned the game's officiating supervisor Wes Booker. 

With the win, the Roughnecks remain the XFL's only unbeaten team at 5-0.