Fans livid at referee Scott Campbell, Big 12 officials for missed calls in Texas loss to Alabama

Fans livid at referee Scott Campbell, Big 12 officials for missed calls in Texas loss to Alabama

No. 1 Alabama hit a historic, and regrettable, milestone in its 20-19 victory over unranked Texas on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide committed 15 penalties for 100 yards, the most penalties by an Alabama team since Nick Saban took the program over in 2007.

And yet, Longhorns fans and objective observers alike felt as if Alabama committed even more penalties.

They railed against referee Scott Campbell and his Big 12 officiating crew on social media, claiming that several missed calls cost Texas the game.

The biggest miss occurred in the third quarter when Texas’ T’Vondre Sweat appeared to sack Alabama’s Bryce Young in the end zone for a safety. But Campbell’s crew called DeMarvion Overshown for roughing the passer and targeting on the play:

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The targeting call was reviewed and overturned, during which time Campbell claimed roughing the passer was no longer in play. Officials also ruled the play was not a safety but an incomplete pass because Young wasn’t down before he threw the ball away.

Young’s pass did not get beyond the line of scrimmage, but it appeared to be moving forward before bouncing off Overshown’s helmet. Because of that, the play was not ruled intentional grounding in the end zone and Texas was not awarded a safety that would have directly affected the score.

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That wasn’t the only play where fans were angry that officials either missed a call or refused to call a penalty.

On Texas’ first drive of the game, a Quinn Ewers pass to Ja’Tavion Sanders in the end zone on third down fell incomplete. The defensive back in coverage, Kool-Aid McKinstry, appeared to commit pass interference — an infraction that would have resulted in an automatic first down for the Longhorns at the Alabama 2-yard line.

Texas settled for a field goal instead of getting a fresh set of downs.

Later, with less than two minutes remaining in the game, officials missed a face mask penalty by Alabama’s Jordan Battle against Texas running back Bijan Robinson on a second-down run. Instead of an automatic first down, the Longhorns gained only a yard to the Alabama 24 to set up a third-and-3. Will Anderson Jr. sacked quarterback Hudson Card for a 7-yard loss on the next play, forcing the Longhorns to kick a 49-yard field goal and take a 19-17 lead.

Had officials called the penalty, Texas would have had a first-and-10 at Alabama’s 12-yard line. Moreover, it would have allowed the team to burn more clock, potentially allowing the Longhorns to end the game with a go-ahead field goal or giving Alabama little time to attempt a score of its own.

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Lastly, Texas fans bemoaned what they believed was a missed holding call on Tide right tackle JC Latham on Alabama’s last offensive drive of the game. They believed Latham held Ovie Oghoufo on a 20-yard scramble by Young that put Alabama inside Texas’ red zone:

Alabama would go on to kick the go-ahead field goal with five seconds remaining. Texas had time for a kickoff return and one offensive play, which ended up bouncing harmlessly on the turf as the clock hit 0:00.

College football Twitter took out his frustration on Campbell and his crew:

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