Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bad calls in LSU-Auburn game? Yeah, i know. In 2006, they benefited Auburn (KAAARMA!)

"Karma," ahem, I mean uhmm, "Get Back" is a motha, aint it?
Tommy Tuberville is quite upset at the officiating in the LSU game, (Here are 5 reasons why he shouldn't be) and I sympathize with him a bit although I'm an LSU guy. Yet, it just strikes as kinda strange how he is mad (interestingly, the War Eagle faithful are faulting his squib kick strategy more than anything) when last year when Auburn beat LSU 7-3 due to a controversial call, he didn't have much to say.
Let me refresh your memoirs:
Brandon Cox, The Emancipated One,threw for 110 yards and Kenny Irons ran for 70 yards to lead Auburn to a 3-0 mark in the third game of the 2006 season.
"It was a hard fought game on both sides," said Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "LSU has a heck of a football team. They played hard and physical and our guys played hard and physical. That was basically why it was 7-3."
Colt David accounted for the only LSU points, a 42-yard field goal at the end of the first half for the Bayou Bengals, which had won its first two games against non-conference opposition by identical 45-3 scores.
JaMarcus Russell completed 20-of-35 passes for 267 yards in defeat.
"We have a disappointed group of men. It was a hell of a ballgame," said LSU head coach Les Miles. "The loss will be difficult to handle. Both teams deserve better."
Auburn was clinging to a 7-3 lead with just under seven minutes left when LSU drove from its own 19 to the Auburn 31. A 37-yard pass from Russell to Early Doucet keyed the series, but LSU faced 4th-and-8 and Russell threw toward the goal line for Doucet.
The ball was tipped away by Eric Brock as a flag for pass interference against Zach Gilbert flew. Gilbert appeared to have his hand on Doucet before the ball was tipped, but the flag was picked up because of the deflection.
"That was a judgment call and thank goodness it went our way," said Tuberville. "They still had to get the ball in the end zone."
Yeah, Tubby we got it in the end zone this year, with literally 1 tick left. War DEEM Eagle!

1 comment:

Da Truth said...

Posted: September 18, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference determined that officials made the right decision in reversing a pass interference call on a deflected pass late in the Auburn-LSU game.
SEC coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said Monday the call was correct because the pass was made uncatchable, making the timing of the contact irrelevant.

Auburn defensive back Zach Gilbert was flagged for interfering with receiver Early Doucet deep in its own territory in the 7-3 win over No. 6 LSU. The flag was waved off because officials deemed that Eric Brock's tip of the ball made it uncatchable.

Redding said pass interference can be called if the ball is tipped after the contact occurs, as it appeared to on the play.

However, he said, "it was more than a tip, it was a deflection of the ball so it made the ball uncatchable. A key part of the pass interference rule is whether or not the pass is uncatchable."

Another controversial fourth-quarter call that went Auburn's way was also correct, Redding said.

An LSU interception on third-and-29 was negated because Daniel Francis was penalized for interference on receiver Courtney Taylor, giving Auburn an automatic first down.

"The defender just basically ran through the receiver," Redding said. "He wasn't playing the ball. The ball was definitely catchable."

LSU coach Les Miles had complained after the game about both decisions, saying the interference on Taylor "didn't disable him from catching the ball."

Miles also said he believed the other play should have been pass interference because the ball was tipped downfield, not at the line of scrimmage.

The rule states only that an infraction occurs when the contact "could prevent the opponent the opportunity of receiving a catchable forward pass."

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