No. 2 Alabama beat No. 3 Georgia 41-24 on Saturday in a haymaker-heavy heavyweight bout that seemed the a part of a possible Sport of the 12 months.
But many Georgia followers — and one media outlet — had been left pissed off with SEC officiating coordinator John McDaid and the crew who referred to as Saturday’s recreation. As has typically been the case in huge contests involving the Crimson Tide, Bulldogs followers felt officers’ calls unfairly favored Nick Saban’s crew.
The largest grievances amongst Bulldogs followers had been a defensive holding and cross interference penalty in opposition to Eric Stokes within the second and third quarters, respectively; these prolonged Alabama drives, which resulted in a 33-yard Will Reichard area purpose and 2-yard Najee Harris landing run.
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Maybe probably the most vocal critic of Saturday’s officers was Graham Coffey, who writes about Georgia soccer for SBNation beneath the title of “DawgOutWest.” Coffey’s Twitter account was pretty energetic on Saturday in its criticism of recreation officers, and he apparently noticed sufficient to jot down an open letter to SEC officers following the loss:
“Georgia could or could not have the ability to beat Alabama throughout a reasonably referred to as recreation. I’d love to look at that recreation and discover out,” Coffey wrote. “They’ll by no means, ever beat Alabama and a crew stuffed with convention officers who’re actively working in opposition to them. Your product has develop into a joke.”
Along with the 2 calls in opposition to Stokes, Coffey referred to as out Alabama’s spike on the finish of the half — which, he contended, ought to have resulted in a 5-yard penalty and 10-second runoff for the reason that left guard was not set — and the truth that officers reviewed a reasonably apparent landing reception by Jermaine Burton.
It is unimaginable to understand how these penalties and non-calls might need affected the sport had they been reversed. Be that as it could, Georgia had loads of alternatives to cease Alabama. It is also price noting that officers did not power Stetson Bennett’s three interceptions, nor did it hinder Georgia’s top-ranked protection as Mac Jones threw for greater than 400 yards and 4 scores and Najee Harris rushed for 152 yards (you may debate his lone landing).
Beneath are extra examples of Georgia followers sad with Saturday’s officiating:
English is hard for Bama followers, I do know. Nonetheless bought a chance within the SEC championship. Perhaps the refs will likely be competent too! https://t.co/LqpcMthwfW
— Barstool UGA (@ugabarstool) October 18, 2020
Landing Alabama. Refs as soon as once more going to price Georgia a shot at beating Bama. That is simply getting outdated now.
— UGA Soccer Stay (@UGAfootballLive) October 18, 2020
A 3 play swing utterly modified UGA-Bama:
-90 yard TD to Waddle when Campbell fell
-Ball off Burton’s fingers intercepted
-Ref bogus PI name on Stokes
Georgia led earlier than these three performs. It trailed by ten after.
That disaster occurred in three minutes of recreation time
— Dayne Younger (@dayneyoung) October 18, 2020