Refs let Florida State and Auburn play — and we got a great reward

January 07, 2014 | Drew Forrester

I hope the NFL watched Monday’s NCAA title game between Florida State and Auburn.

Now…THAT…was football.

Did you notice what happened?

The officiating crew didn’t take over the contest with flag-after-flag.  I saw horse-collar-tackles, face masks grabbed, hits on the sideline and some midfield collisions that left me shuddering.

And guess what?

No one got killed.  I didn’t see one player arguing or screaming with the officials on the occasion when a flag WAS thrown.  Even the Davis kid at the end who was flagged for pass interference took it with grace — because he knew he was guilty.

I’ve watched a lot of football in my life and that game will go down as one of the most enjoyable “viewing moments” ever.  They just played football.  Good football, at that.

It was such a pleasure to see the officials “let ’em play” as the old saying goes.  The pace of the game was quicker, for starters, and you didn’t feel like the whole thing was being decided by anything or anyone — other than the players and coaches.

Even the late taunting penalty on Florida State could be accepted much easier — particularly when replays showed that nitwit standing in the middle of the field by himself gesturing over at the Auburn sideline after the Seminoles cut the lead to 21-19.

The refs get a lot of grief in the NFL because they throw more flags and call more ticky-tack stuff than any of us feel is reasonable.

They should watch Monday night’s championship game.

That was football.