"I was pretty nervous," said Muschamp, who was LSU's defensive coordinator from 2002 through 2004. "My heart was in my throat."
He was talking about the last play of the game when LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell dropped back and found Craig Davis inside the 5-yard line, but defensive back Eric Brock stopped him at the 4. He did just what Muschamp said.
"Guard the end zone with my life," Brock said Muschamp told him. "It was an unbelievable feeling. We've worked so hard, and here they are with a last drive to win it."
Brock also made the key tip – or
deflection to use the SEC's words - of a Russell pass to Early Doucet at the
Upon further review, first-year SEC coordinator of football officials Rogers Redding behaved like a true freshman. He changed his story in reference to the flag pick-up.
"If the contact takes place after
the ball is tipped, there is no foul,"
"It was not a catchable ball, so it
really doesn't matter when the contact took place,"
On Saturday, he quoted Article 9-b that says, "Players of either team legally may interfere beyond the neutral zone after the pass has been touched."
Replays have shown the contact on Doucet by Gilbert before the deflection, or tip.
"But the pass was not catchable,"
Asked if the ball might have been
catchable had Doucet had more free movement,
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said on Saturday after the game that even if LSU had gotten the call, that doesn't mean it would have scored.
"They still had to get the ball in the end zone," he said.
In the end,
For example, do you remember the LSU-Alabama game in 2004?
The following is an e-mail from a
"You guys quit fussin' about a pass interference call. Do you remember Tiger Stadium, 2004? Ain't life just great?"
The e-mailer is referencing
Gaston later admitted the league's mistake.
"Let's just report it as I'd rather it have been called," Gaston said at the time.
Or did the official make the right call? It was a non-catchable ball since Brown was on the ground, right?
"I attacked the kick a little too aggressively," Vaughn said. "Everybody kind of laughed at me and told me to calm down."
Vaughn was near tears after the game.
"I told him you never have to play
Glenn Guilbeau covers LSU and the
Southeastern Conference for Gannett News Service. Read him at www.LSUbeat.com or in the Shreveport Times, Monroe
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