Auburn is now 3-2 on the season. After a tough loss to South Carolina in Week 4, the Tigers are walking away from Week 5 with a 35-28 victory over Ole Miss.
All is right in the world, right? Wrong.
Yet again, there was a controversial ending to the game. The Rebels scored and converted an extra point to go up 28-27 with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball appeared to touch Auburn running back/kick returner Shaun Shivers before bouncing into the end zone.
Except it was called a touchback. And it wasn’t reviewed.
Ultimately, the officials didn’t feel it was close enough to review. That hasn’t gone over well on social media, especially after the ending a few weeks ago against Arkansas. Check out the replay for yourself.
Auburn catches another huge break as the kickoff looks like it hits Shaun Shivers’ pinky and rolls into the endzone. It is called a touchback and replay does not review. #AUBvsMISS pic.twitter.com/IprB4MzICy
— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) October 24, 2020
Speaking of social media, here are some of the reactions to the call. It has gone over about how you would expect it to following any sort of controversy.
Shaun Shivers touched that ball. Ole Miss just got hosed.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 24, 2020
Hey @SECOfficiating how do you not review that kickoff in the Auburn Ole Miss game? Shaun Shivers clearly touched that ball and it should have been a live ball. Why do you think Shivers started chasing after it? Bigtime fail.
— Stephen Emerson (@EmersonScientia) October 24, 2020
Auburn must have some major dirt on @GregSankey with the amount of blatantly missed calls that go their way. That or @SEC Refs are just incompetent. Since y’all are so quick to throw out fines, how about fine refs for awful officiating.
— Drew Coker (@_drewcoker_) October 24, 2020
— Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) October 24, 2020
The Tigers still had to march down the field, score another touchdown and get the two-point conversion to pull out the 35-28 victory. They deserve credit for that, but it is still unfortunate that officials continue impact games in a negative way.
With all that being said, wide receiver Seth Williams was sensational (eight catches, 134 yards and one touchdown). Tank Bigsby was even better. The true freshman running back was given 24 carries, which he turned into 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Auburn welcomes the LSU Tigers (1-2) to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday. Ole Miss will go on the road to take on Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
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