Lane Kiffin questions controversial non-review by officials: 'These guys stop everything in the world'
As has been the case with a couple of Auburn games this year already, Saturday’s Auburn-Ole Miss game involved a heavy dose of controversy.
This kickoff appeared to bounce off the Auburn returner’s hand, and Ole Miss recovered, which should have been ruled a Rebel touchdown. However, the replay booth didn’t even stop the game to take another look at the play.
Upon replays shown by the SEC Network broadcast, it appeared the ball bounced off the returner’s hands. After the game, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said he’s baffled as to why it wasn’t at least reviewed (via FootballScoop.com):
“I don’t know (why the play wasn’t reviewed). These guys stop everything in the world,” Kiffin told Ole Miss Radio Network postgame. “We have 100 stops throughout the game. They stop every scoring play. That’s really a scoring play, potentially.
“I don’t know why. I asked why on a critical play like that would you not stop? And they said, ‘Well, someone looked at it upstairs and said he didn’t touch it.’ It looked like from our vantage point he did touch it.”
Auburn held on for a 35-28 victory, improving to 3-2 on the season. However, the Tigers could very well be 1-4 if not for a pair of favorable calls in crucial situations.