Leading 14-10 today at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Tennessee stopped LSU on the apparent final play of the game at its own goal line. But the Vol defense was flagged for 13 players on the field in that final goal line stand, giving the Tigers another play with no time remaining. Thanks to the penalty-provided extra play, LSU next punched in the game-winning score in claiming a 16-14 victory.
(Game had one more play, so why no flag?)
But in the chaos of the play which led to the illegal participation penalty against the Vols, video replay clearly indicates that at least one LSU player threw his helmet on the ground during the end of the play in question.
The faux final play in question involved a botched snap which LSU QB Jordan Jefferson was unable to handle. During the ensuing, futile scramble for the ball after it had sailed past Jefferson, LSU center T-Bob Hebert removed his helmet and slammed it to the ground.
The game clock had expired when Hebert removed his helmet but the play appeared to be ongoing when the LSU player committed what is indisputably classified as an unsportsmanlike penalty. Read more…