The Southeastern Conference confirmed Monday the officials ruled properly on LSU safety Eric Reid’s interception at the Tigers’ 1-yard line during the fourth quarter of the 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama last Saturday.
Crimson Tide receiver Marquis Maze threw a pass toward tight end Michael Williams out of the Wildcat formation. Williams got his hands on the ball before Reid did, but Reid wrestled the ball away from him before the players fell to the ground.
The officials discussed the play before ruling it an interception, and a replay review upheld the call.
“The replay showed that before the Alabama receiver made contact with the ground, he lost control of the ball,” SEC Supervisor of Officials Steve Shaw said. “The LSU defender obtained possession of the ball prior to the ball hitting the turf, thus giving the defensive team possession of the ball.”
The applicable rule is NCAA Playing Rule 2-4-1 (a), which says, “A player ‘gains possession’ when he secures the ball firmly by holding or controlling it while contacting the ground inbounds. The ball is then in player possession.”
Two Tigers honored
Reid was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance, which also included recovering a blocked field goal and returning it 26 yards, six tackles and forcing a fumble.
End Sam Montgomery was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after making six tackles, including two sacks. The second sack came on third down on the first possession of overtime and forced Alabama to try a 52-yard field goal, which was short.
Reid was also recognized when he walked into his Economics class Monday morning.
“I walked into class and everybody started clapping,” Reid said with a big smile. “It was pretty awkward. I just sat down and tried not to look at anybody.”
Miles: Move guide wire
CBS and LSU punter Brad Wing both said Monday that the network’s guide wire across the top of Bryant-Denny Stadium, which held a mobile camera in place, was not struck by the football on Wing’s 73-yard fourth-quarter punt.
Maze, who failed to field the punt, allowing it to roll, said after the game that he couldn’t field the punt because the ball had hit the wire.
“I’m not too sure what happened,” Wing said. “I know it didn’t hit the wire. The spiral didn’t change, and the direction didn’t change.”
LSU coach Les Miles said “the real issue” is making sure a future punt can’t hit the wire, which did happen to Tigers punter Derek Helton against Arkansas last season.
“That piece of equipment must be behind the play. It absolutely has to,” Miles said. “The issue is where should the equipment be stationed. Put it behind the punter and behind the ball so that you can play. To me, if they continue to operate the piece of equipment like that, then that would be a mistake.”
Supporters out late
The Tigers’ victory at Alabama wasn’t impressive enough to allow their charter to cut the line on the tarmac at the Tuscaloosa, Ala., airport after Saturday’s game.
LSU associate sports information director Bill Martin said the Tigers were about a half hour late leaving Tuscaloosa because they were backed up behind 11 corporate jets as they prepared to depart.
But LSU’s victory was certainly noted at the other end of their trip home as 25-30 supporters greeted the charter upon arrival at 2 a.m. Sunday and perhaps twice as many were at the Football Operations Building when the buses arrived there shortly afterward.
Low-scoring not boring
Some pundits and fans have complained the game Saturday was boring because neither team scored a touchdown.
“I have to be real honest with you, anyone not impressed with that game, I don’t care,” Miles said. “Obviously, you have not watched football for a length of time, care anything about defense, effort, speed to the ball or two teams that fought valiantly. If you didn’t like that game, then tough.”
Ole Miss kickoff at 6 p.m.
The LSU-Ole Miss game on Nov. 19 in Oxford, Miss., will kick off at 6 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.