Another week, another complaint about the SEC officials’ roles in another unfathomable Auburn football demise.
After a phantom targeting call once again took a key Tiger defender out of the action and helped aid the opponent last Saturday with Mississippi State visiting Jordan-Hare Stadium for what would turn out to be a 25-point comeback victory for the Bulldogs, a booth review determined–without inconclusive evidence, might I add–that a late fourth-quarter punt that would have given AU one last chance to score down 21-17 actually hit CB Jaylin Simpson’s leg.
That was game after that for the Gamecocks, who knelt the ball out to hand Auburn football a third straight loss that somehow upped the previous weeks’ heartbreak ten-fold.
Former Tigers that helped keep this program relevant in the shark-infested waters of the SEC West over the past several years spoke out in anger for what they saw transpire in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday night:
First, there was LB Zakoby McClain’s phantom targeting call in Happy Valley against a top 10-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions team Week 3. Then, there was another phantom targeting call last week on the Plains, this time against EDGE T.D. Moultry, who sacked Will Rogers but left his feet in doing so and was similarly disqualified.
This time, the officiating simply decided to gift the ball to the Gamecocks in the final two minutes despite the original ruling on the field being a recovery by the punt receiving team with no decisive evidence that it had brushed Simpson’s knee.
I’m sick of gathering these reactions every week. Get your **** together, SEC officiating.