An odd play occurred in the second quarter of the Tennessee-Alabama game which left many Vol fans scratching their head.
Alabama fumbled the ball through the back of the end zone, but kept the ball. Defensive end Jonathan Kongbo was flagged for illegal hands to the face.
The Crimson Tide got the ball on the 1-yard line. Instead of the penalty yards being added to the spot of the foul around the 40 yard-line.
The SEC released the following statement regarding the play.
“The personal foul by the defense is added to the end of the last run if the run ends beyond the neutral zone and there is no change of possession during the down. There was no change of possession during the down as the ball was fumbled through the end zone. The ball would have belonged to the defense as a touchback without the foul – but there was no change of possession during the down.”
Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts connected with Irv Smith Jr. in the middle of the field. Smith was headed for the end zone before a Tennessee player knocked the ball out his hands. The ball went through the back of the end zone.
The Crimson Tide held a 7-0 lead at the time and a touchback with the Vols taking over on the 20-yard could have been a game changer.
Alabama ended up scoring a touchdown to finish the drive. Running back Bo Scarbrough scored on a 1-yard run on 4th down.
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