SEC: Officials right in Auburn-LSU
Posted: Monday September 18, 2006 1:20PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Southeastern Conference determined that officials made the right decision in reversing a pass interference call late in the Auburn-LSU game.
"Basically, the call of removing the flag would be correct because the ball was uncatchable after the defender tipped it," SEC media relations director Charles Bloom said Monday.
Auburn defensive back Zach Gilbert was flagged for interfering with receiver Early Doucet deep in Auburn territory in the 7-3 LSU loss. The flag was waved off because officials deemed that Eric Brock's tip of the ball made it uncatchable.
Another controversial fourth-quarter call that went Auburn's way was also correct, Bloom 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.
That pass was ruled a catchable ball, Bloom said.
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."
It's not really a surprise that Time Out Lester needs a rules refresher, and way too much to hope for that this'll shut down the whine-a-thon on the LSU boards today, but what the heck. This weekend's SEC slate suck-diddley-ucks, Flanders! Might as well talk about last Saturday's awesomeness for as long as we can.