Snell’s Ejection Was Worst Officiating Call Of Bowl Season

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UK running back Benny Snell shouldn’t have been ejected from the game.


“We were robbed!” is a famous line from Fred Sanford in the hit sitcom, “Sanford and Son.” That phrase also applies to what happened to Kentucky last Friday during the Wildcats’ 24-23 loss to Northwestern in the Music City Bowl.

Courtesy: UK Athletics

Early in the second quarter, star running back Benny Snell, Jr. was ejected for making contact with an official. Replays show that it was the official who first made contact with Snell.

What’s worse is that the referee—Chris Coyte—lied about what happened. He said the only reason he ejected Snell was because he didn’t need Coyte’s help getting up off the field.

With Snell on the field, I think Kentucky would have won the game. Without him, it’s remarkable that UK was in a position to win. The ‘Cats didn’t because they failed to convert a two-point PAT at game’s end.

Here’s the play with commentary on the subsequent sequence of events.

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About Cameron Brown

Cameron Brown is sports columnist with The Journal-Enterprise, Providence, Kentucky and winner of the Kentucky Press Association “Best Sports Column of the Year” award. Cameron has a passion for basketball–like so many others in his home state of Kentucky. He played basketball for his high school in rural western Kentucky and enjoys other sports, including college football and Major League Baseball. His dream is to have a job in sports.



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