As always, there were a few controversial officiating calls in the UGA-Texas A&M game on Saturday.
UGA was a victim of a no-call at the end of the first quarter, when the Bulldogs had third down near the 50-yard line.
What you saw on TV: UGA quarterback Jake Fromm was in shotgun formation, and received snap from center Trey Hill. However, Fromm didn’t signal for the snap, and wasn’t ready – and the snap went sailing behind him for a 15-yard loss.
What you saw on TV replay: Hill snapped the ball because he heard a clap, but it was from a Texas A&M linebacker – and not Fromm. Obviously, there should’ve been a penalty on the Aggies for simulating the snap, but it was missed by the refs.
If you watch this video until the end, the Texas A&M “clap” can be seen:
— David E.Fox, Jr. (@davidfoxjr) November 23, 2019
Back to the game: Both teams had other questionable calls against them.
Texas A&M fans were upset about a fumble awarded to UGA after they felt like the play should’ve been whistled dead. The CBS broadcasting crew showed two plays where Bulldogs freshman cornerback Tyrique Stevenson apparently got away with two pass-interference calls by blatantly pulling the receiver’s jersey.
CBS also joked on TV that the same Texas A&M player may have faked an injury twice to give the Aggies defense some rest.
To his credit, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher did not complain about the questionable calls in his postgame press conference. Neither did UGA’s Kirby Smart.
It’s just part of the game.
That was clearly defensive holding or pass interference on Georgia’s defense. Got away with that one.
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) November 23, 2019