Fans complain about the refs all the time. Good call or bad call, fans complain. But it looks like South Carolina fans had a legitimate argument following an apparent botched call during the Outback Bowl.
In the fourth quarter of the game on Tuesday, Michigan ran a fake punt with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. The runner made it close enough to the first down marker for the referees to measure.
As shown in the video, the ball was clearly inches short of the first down marker. However, the referee signaled first down.
The South Carolina sideline, including coach Steve Spurrier, erupted in protest. Following a review, the call stood despite ESPN’s camera angles showing the ball was inches short of a first down.
However, as is often the case, there was justice. On the next play, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made a huge hit on and forced a fumble.
South Carolina won the game with a touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining.