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#pounditThursday, October 1, 2020

Did Cincinnati get away with 12 men on field for critical fourth down?

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Memphis Tigers fans are livid over the officiating in Saturday’s AAC Championship.

Memphis was leading 23-21 and trying to defend against Cincinnati as the Bearcats had a critical 4th-and-1. Cincinnati pushed forward on a quarterback sneak and was given a first down by the officials, but there’s more to the story.

The officials said they would review the play for a possible 12 men on the field violation. They did not end up calling the 12 men on the field violation because they said there was no video evidence to support the call.

Cincinnati actually only appeared to have 10 players in the picture when they snapped the ball on the fourth down. There may have been some substitution confusion on the sideline out of the TV picture, but if anything, they appeared to have just 10 players involved in the play and still got the first down.

Between this issue and what happened on the punt return, Memphis fans have to be upset. But based on what I saw on TV, the too many men on the field claim does not seem to be too legitimate.

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