Pereira: How did officials not review Green-Beckham's TD?
Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham made a sweet TD grab in the first quarter of the SEC title game, except that replay clearly showed it wasn't actually a TD. The officials wouldn't have known that, though.
Dorial Green-Beckham and Missouri enjoyed seven free points against Auburn.
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By Mike Pereira
The SEC is not going to be happy about this one.
A touchdown was ruled in the first quarter of the SEC championship game between Missouri and Auburn, except that it wasn't actually a touchdown.
Here was the situation: Missouri had the ball, first-and-10 at the Auburn 28-yard line with 5:48 left in the first quarter. Auburn led 7-3. Missouri quarterback James Franklin completed a 28-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, who leaped to grab the ball in the end zone with Auburn's Jonathan Mincy defending.
As they both went to the ground, it appeared the ball hit the ground and moved.
And there was enough question with the naked eye to stop and review the play to make sure. This is the SEC championship game!
The pass is clearly incomplete, because when Green-Beckham hits the ground, the ball rolls out of his hands and onto to the ground. He did not maintain the necessary control needed to make the catch.
I bet the replay assistant, when he saw the replay after the extra point try, probably took a deep breath and a deep gulp.
Any time it's a scoring play, any time there's a question, you need to stop the game and take a look because it clearly should have happened here.