Why the LSU no-fumble call on the goal line was ruled a TD
In another shocking development, LSU had a touchdown stand up despite what appeared to be a fumble by Kayshon Boutte at the 1-yard line as he scampered in for the score early in the second quarter.
But after a review of the replay, it appears that Jontre Kirklin saw Boutte drop the ball at the 1-yard line, Kirklin ran over and picked it up and looked at the ref. The ref then signaled for the touchdown. What briefly looked like a fumble and an apparent touchback resulted in a fumble recovered for a touchdown by Kirklin. Boutte’s catch went 43 yards to setup the touchdown. Boutte dropped the ball as he reached the goal line and dropped his head like a track sprinter hitting the tape in a race.
CBS Sports broadcaster Brad Nessler said the CBS truck reported that the play was reviewed, but play was not officially stopped.
The play was also LSU’s first points in Baton Rouge against Alabama since 2014. By that point in the game, Boutte had five catches for 79 yards. But it was little solace for the Tigers, who were still down 28-7 in a game where Alabama started fast, and played like it was the No. 1 team in the country.
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