Press Association Giving his own reflection on the incident, Rangel said: “Sometimes you say ‘I have to watch it again to see how it went’, but I knew it wasn’t a penalty. “It was clear the contact was minimal. “It was very unfair. All the boys and the manager have said they watched it again and there wasn’t really contact – they said he was diving even before I committed.” The 31-year-old Spanish full-back added: “Football is a game of mistakes from all the players and the referees, and I think he (Oliver) made a mistake.” As well as branding Oliver’s decision “disgraceful” and “disgusting”, saying “he (Moses) has cheated the ref and then the ref’s cheated us” and calling for the winger to be punished for a “blatant dive”, Monk also had strong words for referees’ chief Mike Riley. Monk said he had had no response from Riley to a letter he sent him expressing concerns about decisions made in Swansea games this season, and accused him of “poor leadership”. Swans captain Ashley Williams admits he has been “baffled” by some of those decisions, and had no doubt the Moses incident had been called wrong by Oliver – although he also stressed that the Northumberland official is one of his “favourites”. Oliver gave that penalty nine minutes after awarding one at the other end when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross grappled in the home box at a corner with Wilfried Bony, who hit the turf and then slotted in the resulting spot-kick. Asked if he thought there had been a feeling Oliver would, having given that one, then award Stoke a penalty, Wales defender Williams said: “That is the quick thing to say – the obvious thing, you would suggest. “I don’t know if that is what he was thinking. Maybe he just thought it was a penalty. “I don’t want to criticise him too much because he is one of my favourites – I like to work with him and I think he is a good communicator. “He gets a lot of stuff bang on. But (this time) I thought he got a lot wrong.” Stoke forward Jonathan Walters, who came off the bench to head home the 76th-minute winner, felt there was something in the notion of one penalty leading to the other. The Republic of Ireland international said: “I don’t think he would have given the second one if he hadn’t given the first. It is probably a soft one, but that happens.” On the Shawcross incident, he said: “If he is going to give that first one, he has to give a penalty every game, probably four or five times, because that goes on. “It happens to (Stoke striker) Peter Crouch every single game – he gets ragged all over the place and doesn’t get anything because he is so big. “So if that is going to be given against Ryan, you should probably get three or four a game for Peter.” Walters’ goal was his first in the Premier League this season, and his game time in the competition so far this term has amounted to one start and two substitute appearances. The 31-year-old admits it has been a “frustrating” campaign and is keeping an open mind about the possibility of leaving Stoke. “I have a couple of years left on my contract, but with me not playing – I said at the end of last year it is something I’ll have to address,” Walters said. “It is no good just getting bits here and there. We’ll see. “If you’re not playing, it is a no-brainer – you are not in the manager’s plans.” Two players who have departed the club on loan are Jack Butland and Andy Wilkinson. It was announced on Monday that England Under-21 goalkeeper Butland had joined Derby on a one-month deal, and that long-serving Potters defender Wilkinson had made a temporary switch to another Sky Bet Championship side in Millwall, that move being for three months. Referee Michael Oliver controversially awarded the 43rd-minute spot-kick from which Charlie Adam drew the Barclays Premier League contest level after Moses went down in the visitors’ area as Rangel made minimal-looking contact with him. Oliver’s decision left Rangel visibly stunned at the time, and also prompted an angry post-match tirade from Swans boss Garry Monk against both the official and Moses which could land the manager in trouble with the Football Association. Swansea defender Angel Rangel needed no replay to be certain his challenge on Victor Moses in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke did not warrant a penalty.
It’s not often that a quarterback completes nearly 70 percent of his passes, throws 39 touchdowns to just five interceptions, racks up nearly 4,000 yards and still goes as unnoticed as Cody Kessler. Those were Kessler’s numbers last season when his team went 9-4, so Kessler flying under the radar could be attributed to him being on a mediocre team with a first-year head coach. But this season, Kessler leads the nation with 15 touchdowns against FBS opponents and has only thrown one interception on the season.Heading into the season, the Trojans were ranked No. 8 and then moved up to No. 6 after wins against Arkansas State and Idaho, but dropped to No. 19 after a loss to Stanford. The Trojans’ play as a whole was disappointing against Stanford, but Kessler’s, in particular, was not. Unfortunately for Kessler, he seems to be an underrated quarterback on an overrated team.In this season’s lone loss, Kessler completed 78 percent of his passes and threw for three touchdowns. At that point, he still hadn’t thrown an interception. He managed to put up 31 points, which should’ve been enough to keep his team in the game. In fact, it was the defense, which allowed Kevin Hogan and the Cardinal to put up 41 points, that really lost the game for the Trojans. Still, Kessler took a lot of the blame for his team’s loss.Kessler and the Trojans entered last week’s game against Arizona State facing a must-win situation and they delivered with a 42-14 win over their Pac-12 South rivals, who many thought had a chance to come out on top of the Pac-12 South.Kessler threw an early interception at the goal line, his first of the season, but bounced back with five touchdown passes for 375 yards. His longest touchdown of the night registered at 80 yards. And yet still, somehow, people have decided that Arizona State lost the game more than USC really won it. And I don’t entirely disagree with that notion, though I think anyone who puts up five touchdown passes deserves a little credit.Kessler’s Heisman chances certainly took a hit with USC’s loss to Stanford, but his personal statistics did not. He has a great supporting cast around him on offense, an offense that has for the most part looked explosive. Sophomore Adoree’ Jackson has even said that he has his sights set on winning a Heisman of his own, and he absolutely could. Sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has put up incredible numbers to match Kessler’s, so there is certainly no shortage of talent or production on the offensive side.Before the season started, the media was high on the Trojans, but it didn’t take much for them to change their minds. One loss to a Pac-12 rival and the Trojans dropped 13 spots. Alabama lost to fellow SEC team Ole Miss and was still ranked ahead of teams with no losses.Aside from UCLA, the rest of the Pac-12 does not look as strong holistically. This also hurts Kessler. The fact that an SEC team can lose and still be as highly regarded as Alabama just goes to show the way the SEC is favored over the Pac-12.Kessler’s Heisman hopes are not completely tarnished, but he’ll definitely have to win out and continue putting up big numbers to beat out his opponents in the SEC and Big 12. He’ll need big performances from his team, and he’ll absolutely have to beat Josh Rosen on Nov. 28.Regan Estes is a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column “Wild Wild Westes,” runs Tuesdays.