Tigers Question Replay Officiating

A report on Auburn's victory over Nebraska is featured.

Dallas, Tex.--Tommy Tuberville, a member of the NCAA rules committee for college football, made it clear after Auburn's Cotton Bowl victory he was not impressed with how the instant replay system worked in his team's victory over Nebraska.

What looked like a third quarter Brandon Cox to Lee Guess touchdown pass was ruled an incompletion, much to the dismay of Auburn's head coach. Since Tuberville had already challenged a previous ruling and lost, he couldn't stop the game to challenge that play.

Officials are supposed to stop the game and give the replay booth a chance to review close plays, but that didn't happen.

Guess said Auburn's coach would have had a good case if a challenge had been allowed. "I know I got at least one foot down in-bounds and I looked up at the official to see him rule a touchdown and he said it was incomplete," Guess said. "I didn't understand the call."

Cox agreed with his old high school teammate. "At first I assumed it was an incompletion and then I looked at the replay on the stadium scoreboard and thought Lee scored. That was a tough call."

The game was tied 14-14 at the time. Auburn had to settle for a John Vaughn field goal, which proved to be the winning margin.

Commenting on the situation, Tuberville said. "We couldn't get a replay on that and they get a replay on the spot on the last play of our drive down on the last deal (possession). That was kind of unusual. Very unusual. But I thought the officials did a good job overall.

"The replay's got to be used a lot better than that, obviously," Tuberville stated. "Everybody in the stadium saw that and surely the guy's got 10 screens around him and can see it. But, we have got to train our guys better.

"There's been some problems this year with instant replay with guys in the both," the coach said. "And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to be a replay guy. All you have to do is to look at the screen."

When asked if instant replay is a good thing, the coach added, "It's good for college football. And I think that it will continue to get better. It's still new. It's only been in for two years."

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