ESPN score alerts call Alabama’s 99-yard TD a safety (Photo)


The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers were locked in a tough battle in the 2013 Iron Bowl, which has come down to a closely contested fourth quarter. With field position being more important than ever, Auburn was able to pin the Crimson Tide at their one-yard line on two straight punts, and it was looking good for the Tigers.

On the first drive from their one, Alabama got into field goal range before shanking a field goal wide left. On the second drive from deep in their own territory, quarterback A.J. McCarron and wide receiver Amari Cooper came up with a huge play.

Off of a play-action fake, McCarron was able to find Cooper streaking down the sidelines. The pass was slightly underthrown, but it dropped perfectly in between the two Auburn defenders and Cooper broke a tackle before going the rest of the way for the go-ahead score. With the 99-yard touchdown, Alabama took a 28-21 lead.

Unfortunately, for those who weren’t watching the game, they could be completely confused.

ESPN sent out their text alert immediately after the score and they couldn’t have been more wrong. They initially said that McCarron completed a pass to Cooper for negative yardage, which led to a safety and 23-21 Auburn lead. They corrected the mistake, but left people confused.

Here is the evidence:

If you’re an Alabama fan, be happy to know that your team has the lead, despite what ESPN may have said.

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