So, Tennessee and Texas A&M, how about you serve up an encore soon?
We hope you had a chance to breathe after that classic at Kyle Field. What an amazing way to spend the afternoon on a Saturday that offered only four SEC games.
But few can be better. And my, oh my, did the Volunteers and Aggies give us a gem.
It’s no surprise that some of the SEC’s most memorable calls came from the masterpiece in College Station, Texas. But there were other notable moments as well.
Here are a few worth revisiting from Saturday:
Stupid throat slash makes Mississippi State’s miserable day worse
Hey, dim one, lose the throat slash next time you’re down 28 points!
Mississippi State linebacker Traver Jung is awarded the SEC’s dunce cap after he was seen doing a weak throat-slash gesture during the Bulldogs’ embarrassing 38-14 loss to Auburn at Davis Wade Stadium. The sequence happened after he recovered a fumble in the third quarter, which made his head grow a size or 10 too big. Shame.
Of course, Jung was flagged for a 15-yard penalty. But the best punishment came from the ridicule he received online.
Well done, internet.
Vandy has fun with a Kentucky fumble
We’re including this clip, because how often do we have a chance to feature a Vanderbilt highlight? Finding a good moment for the Commodores is like stumbling upon a unicorn sitting in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. So dang straight, we’re doing this.
Check out Vanderbilt cornerback Taurean Ferguson snatch a fumble from Kentucky running back Boom Williams and return it 22 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. The play wasn’t reviewed, but it should have received a closer look.
That was the good news for Vanderbilt. The bad? The Commodores lost the SEC East’s Toilet Bowl, 20-13, at Commonwealth Stadium.
Stick your nose back in that corner, Vandy!
— Andrew Astleford (@aastleford_NJ) October 9, 2016
Tennessee’s Nigel Warrior tagged for targeting
When you think of targeting, picture this play.
Talk about a “duh” moment. Tennessee safety Nigel Warrior crushed a would-be Texas A&M tackler in the noggin during a punt return by Vols running back Alvin Kamara as part of the Aggies’ thrilling 45-38 victory in double overtime at Kyle Field. The hit was ruled to be targeting after a review, and Warrior was ejected. (How sweet is “Warrior” as a last name, by the way?)
Some people online seemed baffled by the officials’ ruling, but we’d suggest any doubters visit an eye doctor as soon as possible. New glasses or contacts are necessary before endangering the general public.
Nigel Warrior called for targeting. Play being reviewed. https://t.co/xUz9mMLQtE
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) October 8, 2016
Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk corrals a gorgeous catch
Christian Kirk can catch it.
The Texas A&M wide receiver hauled in the fine reception from quarterback Trevor Knight below in double overtime, which pretty much knocked a tough Tennessee team on the mat for good. The 24-yard gain set up the Aggies at the Volunteers’ 1-yard line. Knight bulldozed into the end zone on the next play, giving the Aggies their decisive margin of victory.
Kirk’s catch was reviewed, but replay showed a clean reception was made. Enjoy the fine display in focus during a clutch moment.
— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) October 9, 2016
Alabama’s Nick Saban gets steamed after a defensive penalty
We love surly Nick Saban. When the Alabama coach has a five-alarm fit, you can picture his hair popping off his head and a puff of smoke rising above his scalp. His temper is terrific.
The clip below provided a moment to remember. Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans was called for a borderline roughing-the-passer penalty after smacking Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen during the third quarter of Alabama’s 49-30 victory at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Saban had a point — to an extent. Officials should protect quarterbacks in vulnerable situations, so it’s not a surprise that a flag was thrown.
But fortunately for us, we saw him in his full, frustrated glory.
— Hannah Stephens † (@HannahESPN) October 9, 2016