The UGA-Tennessee matchup has had some awful officiating calls against both teams.
For the Bulldogs, they can look back at a blown call in the middle of the third quarter. On second-and-2 at the Tennessee 6-yard line, D’Andre Swift was stopped for no gain at the line scrimmage.
However, there was a flag thrown in the end zone, as UGA receiver Matt Landers was penalized for illegal hands to the face. On the replay, it showed that Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson threw a punch to the helmet of Landers, then the players became entangled.
Clearly, the ref missed the first part of the play.
Even the ESPN referee, upon reviewing the replay multiple times, said – at worst – it should be off-setting fouls on both players.
By the way, this was carryover from the previous play, when Landers was standing around the scrum at the end of the play and got de-cleated by Thompson in a nasty hit.
Back to the flag: It was a costly penalty for UGA for that particular offensive drive. Instead of a first down at the Tennessee 3, the Bulldogs were moved back the 21-yard line and later settled for a field goal.
Watch the video below and let us know what you think in the comments:
— Blake Davis (@blakedavis01) October 6, 2019
LMFAO HOW IS THAT A FLAG ON MATT LANDERS
— Forever I Love Atlanta (@GlenOfSteel) October 6, 2019
Typical Tennessee throwing punches and somehow Matt Landers gets called for a penalty
— Easycore King (@jafpls) October 6, 2019
Matt Landers was framed. #UGAvsTENN
— Mumbai_Eddie (@THLCarmichael) October 6, 2019