Auburn is 3-2 five games into its 2020 season, but if it weren’t for some bad officiating by SEC crews, the Tigers could very well be 1-4.
That was the stance one irate Ole Miss fan and alum took after his school’s controversial 35-28 loss to Auburn on Saturday. And it appears Rebels coach Lane Kiffin is in agreement.
Twitter user Breck Jones tweeted at both the SEC and SEC Officiating following the game, calling the league’s officiating “atrocious” and “a disgrace,” adding that it was “gifting” wins to Auburn. Kiffin retweeted Jones’ message.
The controversy stemmed from officials calling a touchback on a Rebels kickoff in the fourth quarter. It appeared as though Tigers return man Shaun Shivers touched the ball, which should have resulted in an Ole Miss touchdown after the Rebels recovered it in the end zone. Officials did not review the play.
Two weeks prior to Saturday’s game, Auburn earned a controversial win thanks to officials calling a play dead after quarterback Bo Nix fumbled the ball on a botched spike attempt late in the fourh quarter. Arkansas players were in position to recover the fumble and clinch a one-point Razorbacks victory.
Instead, Auburn kept possession after a review, giving it a chance to kick a last-second, game-winning field goal. The Tigers converted, resulting in a 30-28 victory.
The SEC later clarified the ruling on the field; it agreed that Nix fumbled, but because an Arkansas defender didn’t gain clear possession of the ball before the play was called dead, the ruling stood.