Dirty Hidden Ball Trick: Robert Morris vs. Notre Dame


Robert Morris scrimmaged Notre Dame over the weekend and ran the hidden ball trick to perfection.  We have the play on video from the beginning of the whistle, and the two players never exchange the ball… which means?  They exchanged the ball BEFORE the whistle ever blew, and the RMU player may have started the play WITH possession INSIDE the restraining box.  Or he was just outside.  The two players are pretty close to each other, so we don’t think it was an illegal restart, but it’s possible.  We’d love a ref to speak up on that rule interpretation!

Either way, it’s run to absolute perfection.  I had to watch it three times just to figure out what was going on.  But that’s the point of a hidden ball trick anyway, isn’t it?  Trickeration.  We love it!  Also, RMU ran this on a man up opportunity.  Bonkers?  Perhaps.  Effective?  We’d say so!

So let that be a lesson to every team that plays RMU… they’re tricksy!


Special thanks to Andy Sharp for submitting this video! Got something LAS should see? You know where to find us.


  1. Did they rule it as a goal? The ball must start where the ref tells the goalie where the ball will be blown into play. Faking the location of the ball is illegal when restarting play, as the ball must start where designated by the official blowing in the play, the only way it would be legal is if the ball started at the same location where blown dead or placed after a penalty/time-out situation.

    • The referees (or more specifically, the single-side) botched the restart just as Ramlax22 is describing.

      The video is from the fans’ sideline, and the yelling is the handful of those spectators who were paying attention and realized what was up. The guys on the field (and 95% of the onlookers) were fooled hook, line, sinker, and the whole damn pole: the wing attackman feigning a windup represented himself as having the ball from the very start and I believe the referee thought he did as well.

      Mere scrimmage or no, the ND sideline went absolutely nuts on the
      zebras afterwards.

      Have to think RMU could have found a bigger moment in their season for this particular gambit… but it’s sure fun to watch.