Saturday’s Auburn-Arkansas sport resulted in controversy, because of what gave the impression to be a botched ruling by officers.
The bungled name occurred with lower than a minute remaining within the sport, with Auburn trailing by a degree and on the Arkansas 19 because it was driving for a go-ahead discipline purpose. Sophomore quarterback Bo Nix bobbled the snap on what was going to be a spike; due to that, when he really did spike the ball, the ball went backward. The spike ought to have been dominated a fumble and a dwell ball (with a Razorbacks defender in prime place to get better).
Instead, officers whistled the play lifeless after the spike and penalized Nix for intentional grounding. The outcome was a 3-yard loss, a lack of down (to fourth down), a 10-second runoff and a working clock. Auburn might have let the clock run all the way in which down to 2 or three seconds, then snap the ball and end the sport with out giving Arkansas an opportunity to get the ball again (the Razorbacks would have had roughly 25 seconds to work with had the spike labored as supposed).
Auburn as an alternative kicked the eventual game-winning discipline purpose with seven seconds remaining, leaving sufficient time for yet one more Arkansas offensive possession. The Razorbacks solely had sufficient time to run one play, which went for 16 yards. Auburn received 30-28.
After the sport, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman stated officers acknowledged that Nix’s spike was a fumble.
“They simply stated it was a fumble, a backward move, however they blew the whistle earlier than we recovered the ball so that they could not evaluation it, I assume. That’s the reason I obtained,” Pittman stated on his postgame radio present.
The SEC had not commented on the play as of Saturday night.
The report will present Auburn as a 2-1 workforce after Saturday’s sport and Arkansas as a 1-2 workforce. But these data might very effectively have been reversed had the referee not been so fast to name the play lifeless.