Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is livid about a blown call in Saturday night's game against Florida, the second week in a row the Gators have benefited from errors by a Southeastern Conference officiating crew.
Florida linebacker Dustin Doe was ruled to have scored on a 23-yard interception return with 8:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, but replays showed that Doe was stripped of the ball before crossing the goal line by Mississippi State receiver Brandon McRae.
Doe's touchdown was upheld after being reviewed, giving Florida its second touchdown in 33 seconds and a 29-13 lead. The Gators won, 29-19.
"I don't know why we even have replay right now in the Southeastern Conference if they are not going to utilize it," Mullen said. "That's twice that they've blown calls on the replay with our games resulting in big plays and I think that's inexcusable for that official. I mean, I hope he is severely punished, if [he] ever works another SEC game again, because I think it is completely unacceptable."
Mullen wasn't finished. "Someone that can look at a videotape over and over again and miss a call. You can understand a guy that has one one-hundredths of a second to make a call or a decision, with the athletes in the SEC, the speed that's going, but in a replay, that should never happen."
At that point, team spokesman Joe Galbraith, who was moderating Sunday's teleconference, intervened and said there would be no more questions about officiating.
Mullen, who will likely be reprimanded by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, thought his team was the victim of another mistake by replay officials in a 31-24 loss to Houston on Oct. 10.