Watch: Did Mississippi State Get Screwed In Memphis?

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It was a wild game in Memphis, as Mississippi State traveled to the Liberty Bowl, for an out of conference matchup with the Tigers. This was a game that the Bulldogs were favored by 3.5 points and seemed to have the game in hand during the second half, up 17-7. Well, what the Dogs didn’t know was things were about to get absolutely crazy.

After the Tigers stormed back to take a 21-17 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, they were about to punt into madness. Mississippi State had to punt the ball with 5:50 left In the 4th, after not being able to establish any kind of offense. This is where it got wacky, to be nice.

The Mississippi State special teams unit had the ball pinned down to the Memphis 5-yard line, or that’s what they thought. After having the referee come in and throw his bean bag to establish the downed ball, while also starting to wave his hands, signaling the play was dead, a Memphis player swooped in and took the ball to the house. What looked like a downed ball at the 5-yard line turned into a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown. Absolute madness is a term I would use about the officiating on this play. Also, it turns out Memphis had two players on the field wearing the same jersey number, which is an automatic five-yard penalty.

Mike Leach must’ve not known what exactly happened, as he did not challenge the play and the referees did not review it either. This was a total collapse from the officiating crew and an incident they should be throughly reviewed over.

Memphis ended up winning 31-29 and sent Mississippi State home to Starkville wondering what the heck just happened.

Just another day in the SEC.

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.


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  1. I watched 3 SEC games today. The officiating was HORRIBLE! What did they do, fire the non-vaxxed refs? Did they have the 1st team ref crews on Covid lockdown? If that is the best the SEC’s got, the other conferences must have REALLY crappy refs!

    BTW, anyone else think AgBurn’s Bo Nix shaved points at the end of the Penn St game? That 4th down pass out of the end zone couldn’t have been caught with a net… hanging from a helicopter… covered in “stick-um”… Well, when you play for AgBurn you gotta make your money where you can!

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