FOOTBALL: Remembering the reversal

If there was a single play in 2007 that might have made a difference in the season and, perhaps, helped Ed Orgeron retain his job, it was the catch that wasn’t a catch against Alabama.

On fourth-and-22 from the Alabama 45, a 41-yard gain to the Alabama 4-yard line with 7 seconds left in the game as the Rebels trailed by three points.

Orgeron had planned to run one play, an end zone fade route to Greg Hardy, before kicking a field goal to force overtime.

He never had a chance at those plays, because Hodge’s catch was reversed by an instant replay interpretation.

Ole Miss lost 27-24.

On the play it was ruled that Hodge stepped out of bounds of his own accord and was not pushed by Alabama defender Lionel Mitchell.

After it was judged that Hodge stepped out of bounds, by rule he could not be the first player to touch the ball on the field of play upon his return.

It was further interpreted that Hodge was in fact the first player to touch the ball, as he and Mitchell struggled for possession.

“He pushed me out of bounds. I ain’t had no idea I was close to the sideline, but he was pushing me, and I finally got around him, saw the ball and went up and got it,” said Hodge, who recreated the scene for reporters at Tuesday’s practice.

“I came back and saw the replay, and I was thinking … I didn’t know I went out of bounds, but when I saw him push me, I was like, well if you get pushed out of bounds you can come back in. But it just went the other way.”

It was the most frantic finish in three straight series games that have been decided by three points, all of them Alabama victories.

When officials announced the reversal of Hodge’s catch, debris rained down from the student section and other south end zone fans.

Some Alabama players talked about concern for their safety as they walked through the southeast gate to the visiting locker room.

The Ole Miss administration and the SEC discussed the ruling at length, but the conference stood by its officiating crew publicly.

Perhaps a win would have created some momentum for Ole Miss. Certainly there was none the following week. Ironically, it was the Rebels’ current coach, Houston Nutt, whose team administered a 44-8 beating at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Hodge, who turns 21 Saturday as the Rebels and Tide meet again, watched the play many times the following week then tried to get it out of his system. It was tough early as friends and family hit him with questions on his trips home.

“I think about it sometimes. Maybe that would have been a big play to turn our season around, and maybe things would have went different with momentum and stuff. I just let it go.”

— PA


14 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Remembering the reversal”

  1. bigdraws Says:

    I thought it was hillarious how Bama folks (including Saban) trashed the Om fans for throwing stuff on the field. Because it was only a week or two before that when the Bama fans did that to Georgia.

  2. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Dem Bama folks probably soused on Jim Beam. Wild Turkey might have gone down better for dem. Or yet, White Lightning!!

  3. bigdraws Says:

    Morning JB. How goes it?

  4. montrebel Says:

    PA just wanted to know if anybody had 4 tickets to auburn game they wanted t sell my family and i are going to make the trip over on NOV 1 to watch the rebels pound the tigers

  5. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Goes good. Doing maid service the morning. Sgt Maj not able to run the vac machine.

    Really, JB is not the initials for jimmy barbee. Jim Beam! That jimmy barbee things is a name off a grave marker, so I could register it to vote in the up-coming presidental election. I have many more alias. Maybe I can use them all to vote several times. Just kidding!!!

    Use to purchase Jim Beam in 40 oz jugs in the Army/Air Force Class VI stores. About 3-4$ per jug. Much more expensive these days. Have a good one, are you keeping that gang straight over on the other blogs?

  6. m4rebs Says:

    Great lead into the…..

    Top 10 Reasons I hate Alabama:
    8. Because when you play Alabama, regardless of venue, you play Alabama plus 6 other guys in black and white stripes.

    7. Because after EVERY Labor Day weekend, the Sears Trophy (or whoever the new sponser is for the NC trophy is now) already has enough postage for a trip to Tuscaloosa by New Year’s Day, at least according to Bama Nation……

  7. bigdraws Says:

    Hope the little lady is doing well JB. I’m headed up to Knoxville/Gatlinburg tomorrow for several days. You may have to keep things in order over there for me.

  8. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    She is recoverning very good, thanks for asking. Have a good trip. Hope y’all can do to UT what you did to Vandy. I believe that you can do. I’ll leave that orderly thing to Farley, he will keep them hopping , especially that TGL designator. Thank care. JB.

  9. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Draws, give Dolly P a great big hug.

  10. bigdraws Says:

    Glad to hear that. And my arms ain’t long enough to give Dolly a hug.

  11. Jay Stokes Says:

    every time i hear the term “indisputable evidence”, i have to laugh and think of this play.

  12. djrebel Says:

    I don’t know what angles they saw in the replay booth, but to me, it doesn’t matter if you have 10 angles. If only one of them are inconclusive then your evidence is not indisputable. Seems like I saw at least one angle that made me wonder who touched the ball first.

    — PA

  13. NEMSDOC Says:

    PA, I absolutely disagree. Your reasoning makes no sense. The benefit of several angles is so if one of them does not show what you need then perhaps another on does. Otherwise, there is no reason for replay because there is almost always an angle that willl not show you what you need. Indisputable means that there is at least one angle that shows you exactly what needs to be seen to get the call right not one angle that is in question. Now, whether or not they still got it right is certainly up for discussion and in that case very questionable.

  14. Bo Says:

    I agree 100% PA. That’s been one of the most frustrating aspects of instant replay to me. It’s simple…indisputable video evidence. Indisputable, at least in my opinion, means that 10 out of 10 unbiased professionals would make the same call.

    It wasn’t the fact that the ruling went in Bama’s favor that bothered me. It bothered me that it was called a catch on the field, and while the video was definitely close, close doesn’t mean indisputable. Therefore, there should have been indisputable evidence to overturn the call.

    On the flip side, if it had been ruled a non-catch on the field, I would have perfectly understood the call not going in our favor either since it wasn’t indisputable evidence.

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