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#pounditTuesday, January 31, 2023

Video: James Franklin had must-see response to interview question about referee error

James Franklin had a perfect response to a question about a mistake by the referees during Saturday night’s game.

Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions were leading Auburn 10-7 in the second quarter. They had the ball for a 1st-and-10 from their 28. Quarterback Sean Clifford threw the ball downfield with nobody around and was called for intentional grounding. Clifford seemed to think his receiver was going to head deep, but that didn’t happen, resulting in the ball being thrown where nobody was.

But the issue is what happened next.

Penn State should have had a 2nd-and-16 following the loss of down and penalty at the spot of the foul. Penn State then completed a five-yard pass to make it 3rd-and-11. But there was some confusion on the field as the refs were signaling it was fourth down.

The officials even convened and said the right down was fourth down. They robbed Penn State of a play! And that was happening as Franklin was livid all along, trying to tell the officials that the grounding penalty was called on first down.

Penn State ended up punting on 3rd-and-11.

Franklin was asked by ESPN’s Holly Rowe at halftime what explanation he received from the officials. His look of disgust said it all.

It’s a wonder how the referees can screw up that badly and get away with it. And they insisted it was fourth down too even after convening! The only thing worse was the call in the Mississippi State game.

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