Bad call helps Auburn beat Georgia State
Auburn got some help from officials in his victory over Georgia State on Saturday.
The No.23 Tigers trailed for most of the second half before taking the lead with 45 seconds left in a 34-24 win over the Panthers. And Auburn’s TD might not have happened at all if it hadn’t been for an incorrect call after a proofread.
Officials ruled that John Samuel Shenker made a dive at Georgia State 11 with 1:13 left. Georgia State players immediately thought the ball was going through Shenker’s hands. And they were right. Watch the replay below.
You can clearly see the ball going through its arms and touching the ground. But officials ruled the call for a hold stood on the field and Auburn had a first down on 11.
The Tigers scored four games later in fourth to take the lead, and a six-pick over Georgia State’s desperate campaign provided the final margin for victory.
Was the wrong call the only reason Auburn won the game? No. It happened first. But, it certainly changed the tenor of the last 73 seconds. Had the pass been properly deemed incomplete, Auburn would have had the ball at Georgia State 30’s second base. The Tigers could still have scored a TD and won the game. But Georgia State’s chances of stopping Auburn would have been much better.
Bo Nix on the bench
Finley played the fourth quarter in relief for Nix, the Auburn starter since the 2019 season. Finley finished the game 9 of 16 passing 97 yards and that touchdown while rushing three times for 15 yards. Nix had 13 of 27 passes for 156 yards before being substituted.
Finley played well enough to be considered for the starting position ahead of the Tigers’ game against LSU on October 2. Auburn failed to score an offensive touchdown while Nix was in the game and he averaged less than six yards per attempted pass. Auburn’s points came on four field goals and a blocked punt that ended in a touchdown before Finley entered the game.