LSU went from celebrating a seemingly game-winning touchdown vs. Auburn to watching the "other" Tigers celebrating a wacky win.
So what happened? Why were certain calls made? How did replay overturn the call on the field?
Let's answer some questions...
First, here's the final sequence of plays.
- 1st and 10 at AUB 14: (0:28 - 4th) Danny Etling pass incomplete to DeSean Smith
- 2nd and 10 at AUB 14: (0:25 - 4th) Danny Etling sacked by Carl Lawson for a loss of 6 yards to the Aub 20. (0:24 - 4th) Timeout LSU, clock 00:24
- 3rd and 16 at AUB 20: (0:17 - 4th) Danny Etling pass complete to Malachi Dupre for 10 yds to the Aub 10
- 4th and 6 at AUB 10: (0:01 - 4th) Danny Etling pass complete to Travin Dural for 8 yards to the AUBURN2, PENALTY LSU illegal shift 5 yards to the AUBURN15, NO PLAY.
Upon further review, the officials got all the calls correct, according to FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira.
Watch this from Pereira (click here if you can't see video):
Here are a few key points spelled out by Pereira (click here if you're having trouble seeing the tweets below):
Lots to talk about in Auburn. No ten second runoff as the illegal shift does not shut down the snap. Live ball foul so no runoff.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
The clock restarts on the ready for play with one second to go because the previous play ended inbounds. The clock restarts after the 1st dn— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
Those that are asking if the wide receiver got set on the last play...He did not. That would be a false start and a runoff.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
The runoff would have ended the game anyway. Either way, the clock or the foul, If called, would have ended the game.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
Btw, for those asking if the QB was beyond the line, he was not. His back foot was still behind the line and that makes the pass legal.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 25, 2016
To help make this whole situation easier to understand, essentially LSU lost the game when its second-to-last play of the game -- quarterback Danny Etling's 8-yard completion to Malachi Dupre on 4th-and-6 from the Auburn 10-yard line -- came short of the end zone. In this case, the 0:01 on the clock might as well just have read 0:00 since LSU had no timeouts.
Also, as Pereira pointed out, the officials missed a false start call on LSU on the last attempted play. That false start would've required a 10-second runoff and ended the game. That call was missed.
Plain and simple, the Tigers ran out of time. And they officials aren't the ones to blame.
AUBURN, Ala. — It looks like The Hat is running out of magic.
AUBURN, Ala. – This was no dream at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was a nightmare.