Over the last few years, LSU vs. Auburn games have been given nicknames like the "Earthquake Game", "The Interceptions Game", "The Fire Game" etc. Well I officially label today's game "The Bad Calls Game."
Once again the refs decide the game at Auburn just like they did two years ago with that bogus call of our defensive guy falling on an offensive guy when they missed the extra point.
I'm not one to harp much on refs but when the calls are so blatantly wrong in such a close game, I can't help myself. There were 5 calls made that were extremely bad calls and effected the outcome of the game.
1. First drive of the game...3rd down...ball is caught then fumbled...refs say it was incomplete thus stopping the drive causing us to punt.
2. Pass in the endzone and the Auburn defensive player is all over our receiver...no pass interference call.
3. Auburn receiver catches the ball takes at least 3 steps then is hit by Landry causing a fumble and we recover it. They didn't review it, but decided it was an incomplete pass, thus no fumble.
4. We intercept the ball...because our player collided with the receiver three yards away...pass interference is called even though due to the interception there was no way he could have caught it...ball goes back to Auburn
5. Pass interference on our receiver before a ball is tipped...pass interference is called...flag is waved off due to the tip...ball turned over on downs to Auburn.
If just the last two would have been consistent, then I wouldn't have been as upset but how can the nearly exact same scenario have two different results. If you want to say it was interference despite the interception then you would have to say it is interference despite the tip. Or the other way, if it wasn't pass interference b/c of the tip...then it wasn't pass interference b/c of the interception.
Then you also had 2 very late hits out of bounds that weren't called. Both of which, after the 15 yard personal foul penalty, would have given LSU a 1st down in field goal range.
It's very sad that such an important high profile game is decided by the refs.
Even with all of that, LSU still had a shot to win it in the last seconds if Russell wouldn't have made two poor decisions at the end...one not throwing it away with 48 seconds left and the other throwing it to a receiver who wasn't in the endzone with time expired.
Ok...I'm done venting...thanks for listening =)