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Ole Miss AD Releases Statement On Officiating vs. Cal

Ole Miss players celebrate against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI - SEPTEMBER 07: Elijah Moore #8 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates a touchdown during the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks of a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

An epic showdown between Ole Miss and Cal unfortunately ended with a controversial no-call from the officials. During the final seconds of the game, the officiating crew didn't review a reception near the goal line.

Ole Miss was driving down the field with a chance to send the game into overtime.

Mississippi quarterback John Rhys Plumlee fired a pass to Elijah Moore toward the left side of the end zone. It appeared to be a touchdown to the fans in attendance and those watching on TV.

Instead of calling it a touchdown or at least reviewing the play, the officials marked him down short. The Rebels frantically ran to the line of scrimmage to attempt a quarterback sneak, but they were stopped by star Cal linebacker Evan Weaver.

Following the game, Ole Miss Athletics Director Keith Carter

Many fans have contacted me about the officiating at the end of the game. Here is our official statement.

— Keith Carter (@KeithCarterOM) September 21, 2019

">released a statement on the controversial ending. He's clearly upset with the refs. "We are extremely disappointed with the officiating at the end of the game and are expecting a full explanation from the PAC-12 regarding the call and subsequent non-review of the 3rd down play. We feel strongly that the play should have been reviewed by the PAC-12 officials in the review booth. Even if the play didn't result in a touchdown, the spot of the ball on 4th down was questionable."

It's hard to blame Carter for his statement, especially since it potentially cost Ole Miss a chance to tie the game.

Even in the event the PAC-12 comments on the situation, it doesn't change what took place during the game.