Even though Colorado couldn't attempt a game-tying touchdown because the officials could not spot the ball before the clock expired in the final 10 seconds, the Mountain West told ESPN the officials correctly administered the final play.
Trailing 28-20 with 14 seconds remaining, Colorado's Sefo Liufau completed a 6-yard pass to Phillip Lindsay on second down to the Hawaii 8-yard line. Colorado was short of the first down, did not have any timeouts and hurried to the line of scrimmage. However, in the final 10 seconds, trying to get the ball to the center of the field, the umpire tossed the football to the center judge, but it bounced off a Hawaii player. The center judge then tracked down the bounding football on the turf and bobbled it before finally setting it on the turf as time expired.
"After a thorough review via the standard procedures of the Mountain West/CFO West infrastructure, it has been determined the MW officiating crew employed the appropriate mechanics on the final play of the Colorado at Hawaii game and were in no way deficient in the proper execution of their responsibilities," the Mountain West said in a statement provided to ESPN. "There is also no evidence the Hawaii player intentionally interfered with the placement of the ball and thus no action by rule was warranted."
As Hawaii players stormed the field, Liufau pleaded with one of the officials that Colorado should have been able to run a play, but the official responded, "Time ran out, guys."