Tennessee loses to Purdue in Music City Bowl after controversial late-game call
After a back-and-forth fireworks present on offense by each halves, each Purdue and Tennessee wanted further drives to determine which group could be the champion of the 2021 Music City Bowl.
Sadly for the Volunteers, it was a sport that head coach Josh Heupel, gamers and followers will bear in mind as one which got here down to a controversial call in time beyond regulation. On fourth and aim at Purdue’s 1-yard line, operating again Jaylen Wright took the snap from Hendon Hooker, pushing his manner towards the aim line.
Whereas Wright reached his arm and the soccer throughout the aim line, referees dominated that Wright’s ahead progress was stopped in need of the aim line. In consequence, it was a turnover on downs for Tennessee.
Terry McAulay, who breaks down guidelines for Sunday Evening Soccer on NBC and Notre Dame on NBC, famous that the timing of the whistle was irrelevant.
“The ruling was his [Wright] ahead progress was stopped in need of the aim line” McAulay stated. “It’s over at that time. There may be nothing replay can do with it.”
Purdue, in return, ran three performs earlier than kicker Mitchell Fineran nailed a 39-yard subject aim to safe a 48–45 victory for the Boilermakers.
Earlier than going into time beyond regulation, each faculties mixed for 1,265 yards, the second-most yardage in bowl historical past, trialing solely the 1,397 yards mixed between Baylor and Washington in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
The Boilermakers (9–4) earned their first 9 win season since 2003. Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 534 yards, 5 touchdowns together with three for 60-plus yards and three interceptions, whereas Hooker completed with 378 yards on 26-of-41 passes and 5 touchdowns.
However the Volunteers will not care a lot about their gaudy stats after the heartbreaking trend in which their season ended.
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