Officiating mix-up by SEC crew costs Penn State a down, forces premature punt in win over Auburn

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Officiating mix-up by SEC crew costs Penn State a down, forces premature punt in win over Auburn

Condition College, Pa. — An officiating combine-up by an SEC crew price Penn State a down on an offensive series in the course of the initial fifty percent of Saturday’s 28-20 victory around Auburn.

Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, Penn Point out punted to Auburn following referee James Carter dominated it was fourth-and-11. The Nittany Lions experienced been flagged for intentional grounding on initial down, an automated reduction-of-down foul.

On next-and-16, quarterback Sean Clifford located huge receiver Jahan Dotson for a 5-garden attain. But then Carter introduced the up coming play as fourth down and Penn Point out introduced punter Jordan Stout onto the field.

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Penn Condition mentor James Franklin stated he experimented with to notify the officers of the downs combine-up but could not get the phone adjusted.

“I talked to all of [the officials], and they mentioned, glance, they all agreed on the connect with and so did the replay [official],” Franklin said. “They all agreed. I held bringing them in excess of and indicating, ‘It’s not exact.’ I really don’t know what else I can inform them, but they all concurred, all the officials, they bought on the headset, they talked to just about every other, and they all agreed. They ran it by replay, and they all agreed as properly. I will not know what else I can do or say.”

The SEC stated in a assertion right after the game that the crew “erroneously established the down to 3rd” after the intentional grounding penalty on initial down.

“The replay booth was consulted to validate the down prior to the punt,” the assertion examine. “The replay booth had the down as fourth down as very well. The error was uncovered during the media timeout that followed the punt and by rule it could not be corrected at that time.”

Carter has been an SEC official due to the fact 2010 and served as head referee for the 2019 SEC championship game.

The reduction of a down finally did not end up costing Penn State, which enhanced to 3- with a get on the highway towards Wisconsin and now at house against Auburn.

“We have obtained a challenging-minded football group,” Franklin mentioned. “Likely on the street at Wisconsin is a hard spot to enjoy. We found a way to intestine out a get there. And then we were being able to do that all over again tonight. … We have uncovered different techniques to earn 7 days 1, Week 2, Week 3.

“Naturally staying tested early in the season like this is likely to be superior and handy, and we are just heading to have to construct on it from there. I am delighted with the place our soccer crew is proper now.”