Texas A&M had to settle for a field goal in the second quarter against Arkansas after an officiating mistake took what should have been a touchdown off the board.
Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond showed what made him five-star prospect by reeling off a huge run. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Mond got through the initial wave of defenders untouched and showed off his speed, scurrying deep into Arkansas territory. Mond then encountered Razorbacks DB Josh Liddell near the 10, but broke Liddell’s first attempt at a tackle and dragged him into the end zone.
It should have been an 89-yard score. However, the side judge ruled Mond out at the 10-yard line. A replay showed that Mond clearly stayed inbounds.
Because the play was blown dead by the whistle with Mond at the 10, the play could not be overturned via replay.
Kevin Sumlin reacted accordingly.
— Marvin Tran (@marvintran76) September 23, 2017
The SEC acknowledged the error in a statement released during the second half:
“On the play at 10:02 in the second quarter of the Arkansas vs. Texas A&M game, the ball carrier was incorrectly ruled out of bounds and the play whistled dead by the official. Based on the NCAA football playing rule 12-3-3-g, ‘If the ball carrier is ruled out of bounds, the play is not reviewable.’”
From there, the Arkansas defense took advantage of the officiating error and forced the Aggies to settle for a 27-yard Daniel LaCamera field goal to cut the lead to 21-10.
The Aggies followed up the field goal with a six-play, 82-yard touchdown drive on its next possession, cutting the Arkansas lead to 21-17 at halftime.
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