Here’s what Steve Shaw had to say about the way last night’s Tennessee-Vanderbilt game wrapped up.
“On the last play of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game, in overtime, the Tennessee defender intercepted the pass, his knee did not touch the ground and he returned the interception for a touchdown. During the play, the head linesman incorrectly ruled that the Tennessee player’s knee was down when he intercepted the pass by blowing his whistle and giving the dead ball signal. The play was reviewed as if there was no whistle on the field, and as a result, overturned the incorrect ruling. By rule, if there was a whistle blown, the play is not reviewable.”
Any way you look at it, the end result wasn’t going to be aesthetically pleasing: either the officials got the call right and blew the rule, or upheld the rule and blew the call. I’d say common sense won out, but it sounds like James Franklin disagrees with me.
An incensed Vanderbilt coach James Franklin could be seen going after the officials when the game ended.
Once the season’s over, somebody’s going to have to put together a YouTube clip of Franklin’s greatest post-game moments.