Texas A&M gave Alabama a much tougher battle than anyone anticipated they would this weekend, but in the end the Aggies still fell in disappointing fashion.
Had Jimbo Fisher and Co. simply gotten blown out, everyone would have chalked the result up to being what you would expect from the outing and moved on. But the way the Aggies blew this one really left a sour taste in people’s mouths.
Texas A&M trailed Alabama by four and got possession on their 29-yard line with less than two minutes on the clock. They successfully took the ball all the way down to the Crimson Tide’s 3-yard line and found themselves within reach of victory.
With three seconds left and the game on the line, this is what Fisher opted to go with:
Haynes King wanted the out route to the pylon the whole way. It wasn’t there. pic.twitter.com/NCLD5QauM1
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 9, 2022
Understandably, fans were not happy with that play call after the fact. Most of the blame was laid at Fisher’s feet. That said, not all the blame.
Some fans seemed to suggest that Texas A&M actually got robbed of a deserved victory by the referees. This was the main reason:
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) October 9, 2022
Fans offered a mixed response on how much that sequence mattered and whether they expected it to be called in that particular instance.
That don’t get called on Bama
— Kyle (@Kbisaha) October 9, 2022
Held down trying to jump
— John (@Ag06_143) October 9, 2022
Never getting called here. Plus in these types of plays they let a lot of contact go on those curl routes
— Boiler In Texas (@BoilerInTexas) October 9, 2022
— Jim (@MacarthurTexas) October 9, 2022
Glad y’all saw it to. Gumperees sure didn’t.
— 731 Nate (@nde1978) October 9, 2022
As someone who wanted Bama to lose o wouldn’t call that. One the throw was so bad it looked uncatchable and 2 jimbo’s play design was awful. Also they just got PI on prior play. You’re not likely to get back to back PI calls anywhere
— Mr Perfect (@perfecthennig) October 9, 2022
As a general rule of thumb, when referees truly rob a team in particularly egregious fashion, there isn’t much room for interpretation there. Another game that took place this past Saturday was a great example of that.
In this case, the fact that fans were so mixed on it means that officials probably can be given a pass.
There is so much fun stuff going on in college football these days. Between Coach O getting frisky with the ladies on a seemingly weekly basis and players flirting with cheerleaders midgame, Saturdays are filled good vibes.
LSU only has 1 thing to be proud of these days. https://t.co/Nx7MZeCOpP
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 9, 2022
The officiating is the lone exception. It probably wasn’t to blame for Texas A&M choking against Alabama. Fisher is at fault for that. But it’s still awful in general.
Hopefully at some point the powers that be step up and doing something to remedy the situation. Because if they don’t, it could do irreparable damage to the integrity of the sport.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.