Texas A&M earned a hard-fought victory over Alabama on Saturday evening.
In securing the upset 41-38 victory, Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher became the first former assistant of Nick Saban’s to beat the Crimson Tide coach in 25 tries.
Unfortunately, the win did not come without controversy.
A big part of Texas A&M’s path to victory was getting physical with Alabama. Sometimes that involved them using totally legitimate tactics, other times, not so much.
On key example of this occurred in the first quarter, when Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. took the carry and rushed the ball forward – only to be brought down by two Texas A&M defenders.
At the end of the play, Texas A&M defensive lineman Jayden Peevy dove into the pile and seemingly punched Robinson.
That right hook to the face at the end of the play. pic.twitter.com/nHcedtZGFK
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) October 10, 2021
Robinson was clearly already down, so nobody can legitimately make the case that Peevy was making a play for the ball there.
Despite the move being a clear foul, officials did not blow the whistle on it.
The biggest star of the series has been identified. https://t.co/N4x9IW19OW
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 10, 2021
In a game of inches that’s determined by a field goal, this kind of stuff matters.
At a certain point, someone is going to have to do something about the refereeing of these games. Because if they don’t, it could do irreparable damage to the integrity of the game.
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.