SEC officials: Ga. State HC sounds off on officiating crew after upset bid falls short vs. Auburn
It’s commonly said that the best officials in any sport are those that go unnoticed.
Well, the SEC football officials apparently didn’t get the memo.
Once again the SEC officials are in the news after a questionable call, this time for a call during Auburn’s game against Georgia State on Saturday that should’ve been called differently. And Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott wasn’t shy about expressing his discontent with the call.
Georgia State’s Shawn Elliott on the questionable call late against Auburn: “When you play in the SEC, you gotta take the hits. And they gave us a real gut punch on that call."
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Late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers were trailing the Panthers, when on a 1st-and-10 play Tigers quarterback TJ Finley appeared to connect with John Samuel Shanker for a 19-yard completion to the GSU 11-yard line with 1:13 left to play.
The officials on the field ruled it a catch, but the call went to SEC headquarters in Birmingham for an official review. Video of the play showed the ball hit the turf, but rather than coming back with a reversal of the call and a resulting 2nd-and-10 from the Georgia State 30-yard line, the call was upheld and the play stood.
The result gave Auburn a considerably shorter distance to cover, and the Tigers converted on a 4th-and-9 with 45 seconds left for a touchdown, when Finley completed a pass to Shedrick Jackson to put Auburn up 27-24.
All we can say at this point is we feel your pain, Panthers.