On Saturday afternoon, Georgia State looked to be en route to an historic upset win for the program.
The Panthers held a 24-19 lead over No. 23 Auburn late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Georgia State fans, the Tigers found the endzone in the final minute of the game to take a 27-24 lead.
However, that late touchdown wasn’t without controversy.
Trailing by five, Auburn quarterback TJ Finley threw a 19-yard pass to John Samuel Shenker. The play was reviewed and a replay appeared to show the ball hit the ground for an incomplete pass.
The officials, though, confirmed the reception and Auburn scored the game-winning touchdown just a few plays later.
Here’s the play in question.
The John Samuel Shenker catch pic.twitter.com/TdtQqKE40q
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Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott made it clear the officials helped Auburn win the game.
“They had a little bit of help on that review where the ball was incomplete,” Elliott said. “It should have been put back on the 30-yard line. But you know when you play in the SEC you gotta take the hits. And they gave us a real gut punch on that call. So we appreciate that.”
On the losing end of a tough call, Elliott reacted as many a sports fan would have.
“It’s a disappointing feeling,” Elliott said. “Sports can rip you apart. That was a tough one to lose.”
Did the officials make the right call?