SEC officials gift Georgia with a touchdown vs. Florida because of course they did

Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

The Georgia Bulldogs are given a gift by the SEC officials after letting what should have been an incomplete pass on third down. It led to a touchdown.

It’s a tight ball game down in Jacksonville between bitter SEC East rivals in the No. 6 Florida Gators and the No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia took a 13-3 lead into halftime thanks in large part to a major gaffe by the SEC officials.

Georgia had the ball third-and-6 on the Florida 22-yard line late in the second quarter. The Dawgs were marching towards the end zone and were probably going to come up with points anyway, but a botched call by the SEC officials led to a Georgia touchdown instead of a likely made 40-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship.

What happened on the play in question was Jake Fromm threw the ball in wide receiver Lawrence Cager‘s direction for what initially looked like a 12-yard completion that would move the sticks. The play was reviewed because it seemed that the ball wasn’t caught by Cager, as the nose of it hit the turf and moved while he was attempting to convert the third down.

It was surely going to be overturned, until it wasn’t. This led to a Georgia first-and-goal and three plays later, Fromm would find wide receiver Dominick Blaylock for a three-yard touchdown strike. The made Blankenship PAT would make it 10-0 Georgia.

Florida would make a field goal on the ensuing possession and show would Georgia, but Twitter absolutely exploded on the botched call by the SEC officials. This is a game with huge implications. The winner of this game will likely represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game with an outside shot at making the College Football Playoff. Of course, the officials got in the way here.

This game is the signature game of the week and let’s just hope that this play isn’t the reason that Georgia comes away with a victory. If it gets out of hand in Georgia’s favor, it won’t matter a ton and the same could be said if Florida comes back and win this thing. That being said, if the touchdown is the difference in the ball game, there will be a lot of angry people in Gainesville.

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