The big game apparently got to the officials Saturday in Austin.
Only way to explain the inexplicable series of events that turned what looked like a safety for Texas into an incomplete pass and fourth down for Alabama.
Bryce Young appears to be taken down in the end zone for what seemed like points that would have given Texas a 12-10 lead in the third quarter.
However, the officials somehow turned it into a roughing the passer and targeting penalty for a few minutes.
Then, the referee announced he had been mistakenly informed of the infractions and it was fourth down for the Tide.
If a quarterback throws an illegal forward pass in their own end zone, the play will cause a safety. Here, the team on defense receives 2 points, and the offensive team must put the ball back in play with a kick or punt from their 20-yard line.
The play turned into an incomplete pass although it looked as if Young was throwing it to absolutely nowhere.
Just another huge game where the officials somehow inserted themselves into the action. Sad.
Roughing the passer?
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 10, 2022
After review no foul on the play is called and it's 4th & 7, Alabama ball pic.twitter.com/0wM28tPcbf
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 10, 2022
Texas-Bama refs gonna get to those election machines in a second.
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 10, 2022
They are just making up the rules as they go now.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 10, 2022
So that appears to be an incompletion. Bryce Young's gymnastics by throwing the ball as he went down appears to have saved Alabama from a momentum swinging safety. Wow, that play was something.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 10, 2022
Highway robbery for Texas. That’s a safety. Either he’s down or it’s grounding.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 10, 2022