The referee for Tuesday night’s Ohio-Buffalo matchup is lucky he works the MAC. Making a call like this in the SEC is enough to get you run out of town.
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton, while being pursued by three Buffalo defenders deep in his own territory, chose to hurl a pass out of bounds, with the ball leaving his right hand at about the 4-yard line. The play should have resulted in an intentional grounding penalty and a loss of down for the Bobcats, but the referee inexplicably ruled that Tettleton had grounded the ball while he was in the end zone, resulting in an automatic safety.
The officials did decide to take another look at the play — only to learn that intentional grounding calls are not reviewable. So, the safety stood, marking arguably the worst call of the college football season.
It did little to impact the outcome, however, as Buffalo steamrolled the visiting Bobcats 30-3 to remain undefeated in conference play.
Check out the play in the GIF below, courtesy of SB Nation.