The defining play got here with 5:36 left within the fourth quarter when Tigers receiver Calvin Austin III returned a punt 93 yards for a landing to place his staff up 28-17. Nonetheless, the punt return ought to by no means have counted. Two Mississippi State gamers touched the ball earlier than Austin picked it up and took it to the home, however a ruling on the sphere from the again decide ought to have blown the play lifeless.
In response, the SEC issued an announcement on Saturday night time explaining what ought to have occurred on the most important play of the sport.
“At 5:58 within the fourth quarter of the Mississippi State at Memphis recreation, Mississippi State punts the ball down area the place the unfastened ball touches a number of kicking staff gamers earlier than a receiving staff participant picks up the ball and returns it for a landing,” the assertion learn. “The kicked ball remained reside by rule because it was not possessed by a participant nor did it relaxation in bounds with no participant trying to safe it. On the play, the again decide gave a single ‘cease the clock’ sign instantly after the receiving staff possessed the ball. The inadvertent sign facet of the play is reviewable and replay ought to have stopped the sport to evaluation for a possible inadvertent sign. The next evaluation would have positioned the ball on the spot the place the sign was made.”
This is a replay of the game-changing play that by no means ought to have been.
To make issues worse, Memphis dedicated a penalty on the play that wasn’t known as. “On the identical play, two Memphis gamers have been sporting No. 4, which is a violation and may have resulted in a five-yard penalty on Memphis,” the assertion learn.
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