Did The Refs Miss A Massive Call Late In The Texas/Alabama Game?

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It seems like the refs missed a massive holding call late in the Alabama/Texas matchup.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide escaped Austin with a 20-19 win after hitting a field goal with seconds remaining, but Alabama might have gotten away with a brutal on the game-winning drive.

With 35 seconds remaining, Bryce Young escaped the blitz to scramble for a massive gain to set up the kick, but it certainly looks like Alabama right tackle JC Latham grabbed Texas DE Ovie Oghoufo as he attempted to get to the QB.

Not only does it look like Oghoufo was held, but in the video, it looks like he’s clearly pulled. Take a look at the play and decide for yourself.

No matter how you slice it, this definitely looks like a hold, and honestly, it doesn’t even look close at all.

Look at Oghoufo’s jersey. It seems like it might get ripped off it’s being held so tight.

Alabama appeared to get away with a major hold against Texas. (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video https://twitter.com/JDCowboys4Life/status/1568685966004559879)

Now, is there any guarantee Oghoufo could have stopped Bryce Young from escaping and scrambling for 20 yards?

No, but that doesn’t mean a flag shouldn’t have been thrown. If there was ever clear evidence of a textbook hold, it appears to be this play.

Look at this screenshot from the video. You can see Oghoufo’s jersey clearly being pulled as he tries to get to the athletic QB.

Alabama appeared to get away with a major hold late against Texas. (Credit: Screenshot/Twitter Video https://twitter.com/JDCowboys4Life/status/1568685966004559879)

While the Crimson Tide escaped with a massive win on the road, there’s no doubt this situation will haunt fans of the Longhorns for a very long time. Absolutely brutal ending for Texas, and blown calls like this are going to be very tough to stomach.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. If you watched that game, you’d know there were more egregious mistakes made by that officiating crew. They missed a blatant pass interference in the end zone in the first half. Then in the 4th, they pretended not to see a face mask that would’ve given Texas a new set of downs inside Bama’s 10. They could have thrown flags for PI against most of Bama’s DB’s every pass play, especially Kool-Aid (who did get called for PI on back to back plays).
    Of course, all that to say, Texas would have won if they didn’t miss a 20 yard chip shot at the end of the first half.

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