Florida is in danger of having its 31-game winning streak against Kentucky snapped on Saturday night, and a controversial decision by the officiating crew might well have a hand in deciding the outcome. Trailing the Wildcats 21-10 with under 90 seconds left in the third quarter, Dan Mullen sent out kicker Evan McPherson to try a 36-yard field goal that, if made, would have put the Gators within a single score.
The kick appears to have gone through the uprights, but the officiating crew nevertheless signaled a miss and denied Florida the three points.
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This was ruled a missed FG for Florida. pic.twitter.com/n6me6eIPqq
Looks like it went through, right? Definitely worth a second look, at the very least. So why wasn't there an official review? Well, take a look at this image.
See how the ball appears to have been kicked higher than the top of the goalposts? Well, that makes it ineligible for review.
From the Section 3 of the NCAA rule book on the use of replay: "Reviewable plays involving a potential score include: ... Field goal attempts ifa nd only if the ball is ruled (a) below or above the crossbar or (b) inside or outside the uprights when it is lower than the top of the uprights. Softwalk Wish 11 Black M Women's Flat Black US If the ball is higher than the top of the uprights as it crosses the end line, the play may not be reviewed."
There's a saying in sports: Don't leave it in the ref's hands.
While that saying is wise, it will nevertheless be cold comfort to Florida fans if this costs them the game.