If not for a blow call, this could have been the best touchdown run of the year. Pinned back deep in their own territory and desperately needing a score, Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond reeled off a 90-yard touchdown run to pull his team within one score.
The only problem? It didn’t count.
Take a closer look at his feet as he sheds the tackler and dances along the sideline:
Mond never stepped out. That’s a 90 yard TD, how do you miss that? pic.twitter.com/sRF6vIIlZU
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 23, 2017
The SEC issued a statement on the blown call.
Official statement from SEC office on Mond TD run that was errantly ruled out of bounds… pic.twitter.com/UgDxOLI0dH
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) September 23, 2017
Now it’s easy for us to make the call looking at a slow down video, but the game moves much faster for the referee on the field. All things considered, though, the referee was in excellent position to make the right call and didn’t.
Fortunately we live in the era of instant replay and reviews. The play was given a second look and ruled a touchdown following the review. But in another strange twist of fate, the call was reversed again, taking the touchdown off the board.
Because the play had already been blown dead for stepping out of bounds, the continuation didn’t matter.
Fortunately for A&M their defense buckled down kept the Razorbacks off the board for the remainder of the first half. They took the lead early in the third quarter, and lead 24-17 with just over eight minutes to go in the third.