SEC admits mistake at end of Alabama-Arkansas game
On Monday, the SEC issued a statement on a mistake made by referee Penn Wagers at the end of Alabama’s win over Arkansas. After Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio was flagged for a false start with 1:01 remaining in the game, the officials mistakenly continued to run the game clock instead of stopping it after the penalty, according to SEC spokesperson Chuck Dunlap.
Instead of starting on the snap, the clock ran in advance of Alabama’s third-and-seven play. Arkansas got the stop, but the clock ran out before Alabama had to run a fourth-down play. Had the clock been operated correctly, Arkansas would have had a chance at a punt return and at least one last play before the final whistle. With the rainy conditions on the field, there was a chance for Arkansas to make a big play to win the game.
Dunlap did not say whether or not Wagers would be reprimanded for his mistake.
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