Ignore the fact that Tim Tebow should not be in the game with Florida leading Vanderbilt, 27-3, with 5:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, or that the Gators have no business throwing the ball in a classless attempt to run up the score.
Let's focus on this play, a 64-yard pass from Tebow to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Watch as Florida receiver Frankie Hammond gets away with a block in the back on Vanderbilt defensive back Eddie Foster. A few steps later, Hernandez grabs the facemask of Commodore safety Sean Richardson and there is no flag.
Watch Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes go for the eye gouge on Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. Thanks to Adam.
The evidence is damning on this one, and Spikes should be suspended. It will be interesting to see how Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive handles this one. Perhaps the league office will take the lead of its officiating crews and just look the other way.
Update: The high-definition version of the play is below. Thanks to Stan!
How distrustful are Southeastern Conference coaches of league officials? At the moment, it's off the chart.
Tennessee's Lane Kiffin acknowledged that he decided against running another play before his team set up for a field goal that would have beaten Alabama because he was fearful officials would have found another way to penalize his team.
Tennessee was one of the nation's least-penalized teams entering
Saturday's game, but was flagged eight times for 68 yards. Alabama,
which had been flagged 10 times for 113 yards the previous Saturday
against South Carolina, was penalized only once for 10 yards.
"You run another play and you throw an interception or they throw another flag on us — I wasn't going to let the refs lose the game for us there and some magical flag appear," Kiffin said.
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."