Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek calls out officiating in Liberty Bowl
Arkansas left Memphis Wednesday night with a victory in the Liberty Bowl. The Razorbacks sometimes felt like they were battling both Kansas and the game’s Pac-12 officiating crew.
Arkansas felt that multiple calls unfairly went against the Hogs on Wednesday night. The most controversial call was a late 4th-quarter fumble that gave Kansas another possession.
Double reversed it back to the other team ? pic.twitter.com/19QEXk0WjC
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 29, 2022
This called fumble changed the game.
Without it, Arkansas is on the cusp of running out the clock and likely wins by two or three scores. pic.twitter.com/BH0cN9Qkgv
— Matt Jones (@MattJonesADG) December 29, 2022
The Pac-12 officiating crew would again upset many Arkansas fans in overtime when targeting was called on a goal-line stop.
WOOOOW! Arkansas stopped Kansas on the 2 point try to win the game… BUT the refs called Arkansas for targeting! It’s being reviewed….. Insane! pic.twitter.com/lOyUZa2JwT
— ?????? @???????? (@FTBeard7) December 29, 2022
Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek said Wednesday’s crew made him appreciate SEC officials.
I will go on the record after tonight’s Liberty Bowl game that we have it pretty good when it comes to @SECOfficiating and our collaborative replay crew in Birmingham. Wow!
— Hunter Yurachek (@HunterYurachek) December 29, 2022
SEC officiating crews don’t have many fans, but bowl season may lead to some new appreciation for the conference’s refs.