SEC issues statement to clarify decision to put 1 second back on clock during Iron Bowl
Alabama coach Nick Saban had a beef with two main calls by the officials in the Iron Bowl. The SEC has responded to one of those situations.
After the officials added one second back on the clock at the end of the first half, which gave Auburn enough time to kick a field goal, Saban was openly upset, and shared his thoughts about it after the game.
“Well I don’t know if I should tell you that,” Saban said after the game,”but … the (official) beside me said they won’t be able to get it off anyway.”
In a halftime interview with CBS Sports, Saban said, “They said there was one second on the clock, but it’s a live clock, so if they chop the clock there is no way they can snap it, and kick it in one second. If you clock the ball, you’ve got to have three seconds to do it. So, I don’t know.”
In a statement to AL.com, the SEC explained the situation and rule this way:
“At the end of the 1st half in the Alabama vs Auburn game, during a play that resulted in a first down inbounds, the game clock went to 0:00. Replay stopped the game to review the clock. The decision from the Instant Replay Official was that video evidence showed there was 1 second on the clock when the player was down so the clock operator was instructed to put 1 second back on the game clock. The referee came back out to the line of scrimmage and informed both teams that the clock would start on the ready for play. The referee got back in position and blew his whistle and wound the clock. The snap was off before the clock went to 0:00.”