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SEC: Officials made right calls in Auburn-LSU clash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference determined
that officials made the right decision in reversing a pass
interference call late in the Auburn-LSU game.

SEC coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said Monday the call
was correct because the pass was made uncatchable, making the
timing of the contact irrelevant.

Auburn defensive back Zach Gilbert was flagged for interfering
with receiver Early Doucet deep in its own territory in the 7-3 win
over No. 6 LSU. The flag was waved off because officials deemed
that Eric Brock's tip of the ball made it uncatchable.

Redding said pass interference can be called if the ball is
tipped after the contact occurs, as it appeared to on the.

However, he said, "it was more than a tip, it was a deflection
of the ball so it made the ball uncatchable. A key part of the pass
interference rule is whether or not the pass is uncatchable."

Another controversial fourth-quarter call that went Auburn's way
was also correct, Redding said.

An LSU interception on third-and-29 was negated because Daniel
Francis was penalized for interference on receiver Courtney Taylor,
giving Auburn an automatic first down.

"The defender just basically ran through the receiver,"
Redding said. "He wasn't playing the ball. The ball was definitely
catchable."

LSU coach Les Miles had complained after the game about both
decisions, saying the interference on Taylor "didn't disable him
from catching the ball."

Miles also said he believed the other play should have been pass
interference because the ball was tipped downfield, not at the line
of scrimmage.

The rule states only that an infraction occurs when the contact
"could prevent the opponent the opportunity of receiving a
catchable forward pass."