WATCH: Referees botch closing moments of Missouri-Kentucky, cost Tigers precious seconds in defeat
Missouri narrowly lost Saturday night in Lexington to Kentucky by the slim margin of 40-34 and was playing with a chance to win the game in the closing seconds of the game.
With 22 seconds left in the game, the Tigers made it to Kentucky’s 27-yard line, but after failing to get out of bounds and without any timeouts left, Mizzou only ended up with one final chuck towards the end zone that fell incomplete. The game was over at that point, but should it have been?
A Kentucky player clearly batted the ball away from a Missouri receiver as time was ticking down and the ref slowly retrieved it and spotted the ball in the wrong spot — all costing Missouri precious time on the clock.
Check out the sequences in the video below. Do you think a penalty should have been called on Kentucky, or at the very least, the refs done a better job of lining Mizzou up?
Hey @SEC, could you at least make it less obvious? UK defender intentionally knocks ball out. Official moves at snail’s pace. No whistles. pic.twitter.com/ExDOndwoEH
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) October 8, 2017
The effort there looked atrociously bad by all involved. Missouri made plenty of mistakes that ultimately cost them the game but the Tigers should have had more time to make a comeback during the final moments of the game.
Officials were criminally slow spotting the ball in Mizzou-UK. That's ridiculous.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 8, 2017
Odom not happy with how much time officials let elapse between final two plays.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 8, 2017
Maybe #Mizzou doesn't win but officiating crew really hurt them https://t.co/yeLaRwwd4P
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 8, 2017