Auburn defeated No. 18 LSU on Saturday night in the midst of what may have been the most confusing final play of the 2016 SEC football season.
Following a penalty on fourth down that pushed LSU back near the 20-yard line with one second remaining on the clock, it appeared as though LSU QB Danny Etling completed a game-winning touchdown pass to D.J. Chark with no time left on the clock.
LSU wins 19-18, right? In the immortal words of ESPN College GameDay legend Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.”
After a booth review, the officials determined LSU did not get the snap off prior to time expiring on the game clock. Since the original penalty happened while the clock was running, the official restarted the clock on his signal following the ball being set.
Snap did not get off in time, negating last-second TD pass for No. 18 LSU! Auburn gets second win in last six meetings vs LSU.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 25, 2016
Some were wondering why LSU even had a chance to run a final play after committing an offensive penalty in the final seconds of the game. Here’s an explanation on that:
Per @MikePereira, no 10-second runoff on the last LSU play b/c it wasn't a dead-ball infraction.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 25, 2016
The end result? Auburn won the game 18-13, evening both teams’ records to 2-2 on the season.