If the opposing team’s running back put his hand in your face moments after an 85-yard touchdown run, how would you react?
Tennessee fan Josh Durbin was faced with just that situation on Saturday, as Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough cruised through the end zone and to the wall separating the playing surface and the first row of the crowd.
Scarbrough, who made the score 49-10 with his run, raised his hand to Durbin, who was clearly dressed as a fan of the home team.
The possibilities are endless. Some people likely would be tempted to say something nasty to the opposing player. Others might play along. Durbin? He just stood there. Have a look at how it went down:
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 15, 2016
Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist, who were on the call for the SEC on CBS, deemed the move unnecessary and were surprised that a penalty flag was not thrown. But how did the “victim” of this alleged taunt see the situtation?
Thanks to AL.com’s John Talty, who chased down Durbin to give him a chance to tell his side of the story, now we know:
“I saw him coming at me,” Durbin told AL.com. “I looked up at the jumbotron and then turned back and saw him at the 20-yard line. Then he gets into the end zone and runs straight at me. I see his eyes look at me and I’m like, ‘Crap.’ I couldn’t break eye contact and then he puts his hand straight in my face. I wish I would have just high-fived him back just to see his reaction.
“It would have been funny. I think it’s funny.”
After the game, Scarborough saw the video. He too wished the Tennessee fan would’ve given him a high five.
— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) October 16, 2016