Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Southwestern Athletic Conference has
suspended the officials from the Oct. 12 game between Alabama A&M and Southern
for failing to manage the closing seconds of regulation properly.
Each official was suspended one game.
Alabama A&M was clinging to a 17-14 lead in the final minute of regulation,
but Southern had the ball at the A&M five. SU quarterback Dray Joseph threw
the ball away with seven seconds left and an intentional grounding call first
resulted in the officials calling for a 10-second runoff to end the game.
However, the officials later deemed that Southern could use its final timeout
in place of the runoff. The Jaguars then tied the game with a 37-yard field
goal to force overtime.
Southern went on to post a 20-17 victory in double overtime.
"This was an unusual end to a game," said Southwestern Athletic Conference
commissioner Duer Sharp in a statement. "After a thorough review, we have
determined the officials fell short of the high standards in which SWAC
contests should be officiated. We will continue to work with our coordinator
of officials and game officials to make sure this situation does not occur
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