Some days, you’re Auburn. Other times, you’re LSU.
Don’t you hate when your heart is ripped out, deep fried and served to you on a stick? That’s likely how LSU felt after it lost to Auburn following a bizarre-but-fitting ending involving two teams that were as stable as a rhino on a skateboard entering Saturday.
Geaux Tigers? More like “Nooooo, Tigers.”
Meanwhile, Auburn had to love life after all hope looked lost. The Gus Bus never seems short on pixie dust at Jordan-Hare Stadium, does it?
Beyond that party on the Plains, there were other notable calls throughout the SEC in Week 4. Here are a few worth your time:
Awesomeness at Auburn
Words don’t do this sequence justice. Stop what you’re doing and watch the play below if you’ve lived in a bomb shelter for the past 12 hours.
For LSU, this moment would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad. The Tigers’ season, as far as being a team worth anything in the SEC West, seems cooked after this 18-13 loss. Now, it’s fair to wonder how many miles will be between Les Miles and Baton Rouge at this time next year.
The right call was made after review. It’s amazing this play was allowed to be run at all, because it’s clear that time ran out before the ball was snapped. (And doesn’t LSU quarterback Danny Etling look near or over the line of scrimmage before he tossed the last-gasp pass to wide receiver D.J. Chark?)
Thanks for the memory, guys.
Good grief. https://t.co/8aBDKCe5o0
— Evie Van Pelt (@OleMissEvie) September 25, 2016
No pity for Kent State
Poor Kent State. Couldn’t Alabama grant one touchdown? Just one? As a souvenir?
Late in serving as Nick Saban’s dish rag for the day, the Golden Flashes looked to crack the scoreboard with a 7-yard touchdown run from quarterback George Bollas early in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-goal play. But after review, officials determined Bollas’ left knee hit the ground before his right hand extended the ball past the goal line.
The Crimson Tide were a 44-point favorite, so this sequence in a 48-0 rout at Bryant-Denny Stadium was worth more than a passing glance for the gambling crowd. Whether the right call was made depended on which direction your money flowed.
Kent State QB George Bollas breaks up Alabama's shutout with a 7-yard touchdown scramble on 4th-and-goal. But the play in under review.
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) September 24, 2016
Curious no-review situation in Knoxville
How’s the hangover coming, Tennessee fans? This morning was rough, right?
So many moments made the Volunteers’ 38-28 victory over Florida absolutely ridiculous.
Still, why in the heck wasn’t the play below reviewed?
Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs connected with wide receiver Jauan Jennings for a 67-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, giving the Volunteers a 24-21 lead. But Jennings seemed to bobble the ball and tip-toe near the sideline before racing into the end zone. One of his feet might have been out. Then again, maybe not. Either way, it was probably worth a closer look.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) September 24, 2016
A filthy flop
Well done, Rashaan Gaulden.
You can’t help but laugh at the stunt the Tennessee defensive back pulled below. Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell was ejected after tapping Gaulden with the force of a fruit fly. But Gaulden’s dive with so effective that Powell was flagged and punished for the play.
The finest floppers of that other football played overseas would be proud.
It was that kind of afternoon for the Gators. Just shake your head and walk away from the carnage, Florida people.
Somebody give Rashaan Gaulden an Oscar for this flop https://t.co/EcbxGsXvAX
— Jack McGuire (@BigDaddysCourt) September 24, 2016
This one left a mark. Watch what happened when Auburn linebacker Tre’ Williams crunched Etling while leading with his helmet midway through the second quarter. Williams was ejected for targeting.
Etling gave himself up on the play, so this is a “duh” call that leaves you wondering why a defender can be so dumb.
Check out the video below, courtesy of SEC Country’s Nick Suss:
We almost had an ejection party at Auburn.
LSU defensive end Arden Key nearly was tossed after being called for roughing the passer against Auburn’s Sean White early in the third quarter. At first, the hit was ruled targeting. But after review, Key was allowed to stay in the game.
A situation like this shows the fine line between an ejection and living to tell about a close call.
Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.
Les Miles pleading the case with officials for star DE Arden Key to avoid ejection.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) September 25, 2016