Gary Pinkel appeals two pivotal plays against Missouri
Missouri is 0-for-2 in its last two football games. Coach Gary Pinkel is apparently 2-for-2 in his last two appeals to the SEC.
Pinkel told reporters on Monday that he appealed two close calls to the SEC that went against Missouri in a 9-6 loss to UGA on Saturday. He said the conference office told him that both calls were incorrect.
Pinkel says they appealed the non call on Hilton's punt interference and the call against Penton on PI. SEC said both calls were incorrect.
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The first occurred when Tigers’ return man Cam Hilton fumbled a punt return at the Missouri 43 during the third quarter. The fumble was forced by UGA’s Malcolm Mitchell. Pinkel believed the play should have been ruled a punt catch interference penalty.
The second play occurred in the fourth quarter when Missouri cornerback Aarion Penton was called for pass interference. The penalty was called just four plays before UGA’s game-winning field goal. That gave the Bulldogs 15 yards and a field goal try from the Tigers’ 24-yard line, which proved to be the winning score.
Although it doesn’t do much for Missouri’s loss record, the SEC reportedly agreed with Pinkel’s assessment of both calls.