SEC releases statement about controversial Florida vs. Kentucky play
Florida and Kentucky provided a thrilling triple overtime game that didn’t disappoint fans, unless, of course, you’re Mark Stoops and the Big Blue Nation.
The play in question happened in overtime with Kentucky winning 27-20, and Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel just got — or so it seemed — the snap off and hit Demarcus Robinson for the would-be tying touchdown on fourth down. Florida went on to win and the rest was history.
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Stoops was visibly upset over the no-call, and the University of Kentucky requested an explanation from the Southeastern Conference. The SEC released a statement:
“At the request of the University of Kentucky, consistent with SEC protocol, the conference office reviewed the fourth down play in the first overtime of the Kentucky-Florida game and has determined the officials applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine when a flag should be thrown for delay of game,” the statement read. “The back judge is responsible for delay of game calls. The procedure for the back judge is for his eyes to stay on the clock when it nears zero. When the clock hits zero, he immediately looks from the clock to the ball. If the ball is moving, there is no delay of game. If the ball is stationary, a delay of game penalty is called.”