Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm delivered a moment for the ages in the second half of the CFP title game vs Alabama, but it maybe shouldn’t have happened at all.
Fromm hit Mecole Hardman for an 80-yard touchdown pass to take a 20-7 lead in the second half, but it appears that Hardman stepped out of bounds well before reaching the end zone. Or maybe he didn’t.
It’s as close as it gets. You decide:
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) January 9, 2018
Officials kept the call on the field and called it a touchdown, but this is a call that could be remembered for a long time if it turns out to be a deciding factor.
It was the longest play for Georgia’s offense this season, and it was also the longest play Alabama’s defense has yielded this year.
Here’s some of the reaction to the call:
— Cameron (@Cammer88) January 9, 2018
His foot was not out of bounds
— ItWorksDistributor💚 (@lovable_peach93) January 9, 2018
YO HE WAS OUT OF BOUNDS WTF
— Johan Baker (@johanbakerr) January 9, 2018
He kicked the dude while the dude was outta bounds. Shoulda been called out of bounds imo.
— 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 🇺🇸🇯🇲 (@xraybravo10) January 9, 2018
his foot was on the defender when the defender was out of bounds. That should be out of bounds
— Shane Emery (@TheShaneEmery) January 9, 2018
What an AMAZING throw there by Fromm.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 9, 2018
He stayed in by a millimeter? Maybe less. I don’t know. But you couldn’t overturn it.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 9, 2018
Wow, that's close. TD
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 9, 2018
It’s not the only controversial call of the night. Officials may have botched an offsides call against Georgia on a blocked punt earlier in the quarter, which later turned into Alabama’s first touchdown of the night.