The first quarter of Auburn’s game against Penn State ended with a T.J. Finley interception, but the play never should have happened.
Auburn was driving in Penn State territory when Finley was hit from behind by a Penn State defender and the Nittany Lions picked off his errant throw for the game’s first turnover.
On a second look, the game clock clearly hit zero before Auburn snapped the ball and the play never should have happened.
According to the CBS rules expert, not only was the play reviewable but would have been overturned if it had been reviewed. This was a mistake by both Auburn’s coaching staff in not challenging and the officials for not initiating a review on their own.
Instead of Auburn having 4th down inside Anders Carlson’s field goal range the Nittany Lions took over. Thankfully for Auburn, the Tigers’ defense forced a quick punt and it did not cost them any more.
Here is how the Auburn faithful handled the mistake.
Here is a look at the play in question
— Mark Heim (@Mark_Heim) September 17, 2022
If any team knows what a difference 1 second in a game can make it’s @AuburnFootball
— KRISTINA HULL (@KrisHull88) September 17, 2022
Streets are saying clock was on 0 when TJ threw the pick anyway??? #TheRefs
— Pablo Escobarner (orange check) (@PabloEscoburner) September 17, 2022
If nobody on your staff has the football IQ to not challenge that play, there are serious issues
— joshdub 🦚 (@joshdub_) September 17, 2022
Game clock hit zero before TJ Finley play when he threw interception. Replay official (and Auburn) did not review the play, as they could have, which would have allowed Auburn to keep the ball instead of the INT turnover to Penn State, per CBS rules expert.
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) September 17, 2022
Somehow the refs let a play start after the game clock read 0:00. It resulted in an auburn interception. How do you miss that????
— Hashirama Senju (@ElyjahLyons) September 17, 2022
I can't be the only one that was looking at the game clock right there. That's ridiculous the refs even let that ball be snapped. They gotta do better. Now that's about to be a game changing play that was ran in between the 1st in 2nd quarter lol not even in the 1st
— Auburn Sports (@AuburnMan100) September 17, 2022
Pretty sure the 1st quarter clock expired before Auburn got that play off.
I'm wondering if that interception is coming back…#PSUvsAUB
— Gruff Sparty (@GruffSparty_) September 17, 2022