Imagine this: a coach having the power to challenge a play in which pass interference was not called.
Well, CFL coaches have that power, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Mike O’Shea used it for his team’s good in the league’s regular season opener Thursday night vs. Toronto, utilizing a coach’s challenge to turn an incomplete pass in the endzone into a defensive pass interference foul that helped set up a touchdown.
After an officiating review (see 3:30 mark of this video), pass interference was called on Toronto (and ex-Green Bay) cornerback Brandon Underwood. The Blue Bombers capitalized, with quarterback Robert Marve scoring a short rushing TD to give Winnipeg a 31-7 lead en route to a 45-21 victory against Toronto.
The CFL decided this year to allow clubs to challenge both called pass interference fouls and plays that could constitute pass interference. The NFL, of course, has no such rules.