An odd play occurred in the second quarter of the Tennessee-Alabama game which left many Vols fans scratching their head.
Alabama fumbled the ball through the back of the end zone, but maintained possession because defensive end Jonathan Kongbo was flagged for illegal hands to the face.
The Crimson Tide got the ball on the 2-yard line, the spot of the fumble, instead of the penalty yards being added to the spot of the foul around the Tennessee 40-yard line.
The SEC released the following statement regarding the play.
“The personal foul by the defense is added to the end of the last run if the run ends beyond the neutral zone and there is no change of possession during the down. There was no change of possession during the down as the ball was fumbled through the end zone. The ball would have belonged to the defense as a touchback without the foul — but there was no change of possession during the down.”
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts connected with Irv Smith Jr. in the middle of the field. Smith was headed for the end zone before a Tennessee player knocked the ball out his hands. The ball went through the back of the end zone.
The Crimson Tide held a 7-0 lead at the time, and a touchback with the Vols taking over on the 20-yard could have been a game-changer.
Alabama ended up scoring a touchdown to finish the drive. Running back Bo Scarbrough scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down.