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Dr. Saturday

Alabama fans claim Chris Davis was out of bounds, create petition to have overtime

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

After Alabama fans watched Auburn kick returner Chris Davis dash their hopes of a third consecutive national championship, one decided to take to the Internet and ask for a do-over.

The fan, Tracy C. from Hoover, Ala., created a petition on change.org saying Davis actually stepped out of bounds and thus the play never counted. Tracy wants the teams to come back to the field and play an overtime to decide the true winner of the game.

Here’s the text of the petition:

Chris Davis from Auburn was clearly out of bounds in running the missed field goal back for a touchdown in the 2013 Iron Bowl. There was way to much riding on this game for that to have been missed- a SEC Championship and National Championship. I think they should put together an overtime play for Auburn and Alabama. Yes, I know how impossible that sounds and how much trouble it will be BUT sometimes you have to make wrongs RIGHT and with so much riding on that game the SEC and NCAA needs to make it right for the players, university, fans, coaches, SEC and SPORTS in general. And if they don't like the hassel then go out and make sure your employees, the refs, are not making such HUGE mistakes. And the refs needs to be punished for not even reviewing the play because it wasn't even close- he was CLEARLY out of bounds. Its not fair to say that this is over and overtime can't be played now just because of how much trouble this would be to put together. It was wrong....and you need to make it right regardless of the hassel.
SEC and NCAA- do the right thing and make this right for everyone involved!!

I’ll pause for a moment while Auburn and the rest of the college football-loving country – outside of Alabama fans of course – stop laughing.

Tracy’s claim that Davis stepped out of bounds isn’t that far-fetched; it's a conspiracy theory that's been going around since the conclusion of the game. There is one moment, as Davis is cruising up the sidelines, where the ball of his foot is dangerously close to the sideline and his heel hovers into the white. But the heel never touches the ground, so he was never ruled out.

At the time of this posting, more than 700 people had signed Tracy’s petition.

Sadly, all of those signatures will be all for naught. No chance they brings these teams back to play overtime. Never happened in the history of college football and certainly won’t happen on a play that was actually called correctly.

The best situation Bama fans can hope for now is losses by Florida State and Ohio State in their respective conference championship games to set up an Iron Bowl rematch in the national championship.

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!

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