Marlon Davidson, Auburn’s star defensive end, felt like the Tigers were playing two opponents in Saturday’s loss to UGA – the Bulldogs and the SEC officiating crew overseeing the SEC showdown.
Auburn coach Gus Malzhan stopped short of directly criticizing the officiating in his postgame comments. But Davidson, one of the team leaders, didn’t hold back, per Al.com’s Tom Green:
“It felt like they (the refs) were against us. I cannot lie about that. It hurts because I feel like some of the calls should’ve went the other way, for sure.
“They were getting more calls than we got, but (I) can’t speak on the refs; that’s their decision to make. But, you know, it just hurts when you see games being taken away by refs.
“You have to beat the refs and the team. That’s very hard to do, no matter what team you are.”
Auburn fans are still livid over an alleged facemask penalty on quarterback Bo Nix that was not called, a successful onsides kick that was overturned, and an overturned catch by Auburn receiver Seth Williams that Malzahn would later describe as an “NFL catch.”
“We had some very inopportune things happen against us that were very tough,” Malzahn said.