Memphis defeated Mississippi State 31-29 on Saturday afternoon. The victory did not come without controversy.
With just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Tigers with a 21-17 lead, Mississippi State kicked the fourth and sixth from its own 47-yard line. The ball fell around the Memphis two-yard line and rebounded for about seven yards.
While everyone assumed the game was dead, Calvin Austin III ran, retrieved the ball, and pulled it back 94 yards for a touchdown. This gave the Tigers a 28-17 lead.
The video of the play speaks for itself:
– American football (@American_FB) September 18, 2021
ESPN commentators tear up referees in Memphis-Miss St game over bizarre TD football comeback pic.twitter.com/omphpkJtSK
– gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 18, 2021
A nearby referee can very clearly be seen trying to blow up the game before Austin’s touchdown, but it didn’t help.
If that wasn’t enough, Memphis also had two players on the pitch wearing the No.4 shirt – which should have been called up.
Just a disaster on all fronts.
Obviously, Oregon was also accused of cheating against the state of Ohio last week, but their sins were nowhere near as egregious.
Unfortunately, ugly referees are becoming more and more common in the world of football, regardless of their skill level. Last week, a referee who didn’t realize he was on the mike apparently made a call in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
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Just awkward stuff all around.
The state of Mississippi has some very real issues that need to be addressed, but that doesn’t change the fact that they absoutely got fooled in this particular case.
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