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Mark Stoops reacts to controversial call at 1-yard line

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That play changed the course of the game.

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By Jason Marcum
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The Kentucky Wildcats didn’t get off to the start that we all hoped in the 2020 season as they fell to the Auburn Tigers 29-13.

The big topic after the game is the Chris Rodriguez TD run that wasn’t ruled a TD despite him being a couple yards into the end zone.

During the broadcast, it was noted that his knee could’ve been down but if that was the case then the ball should have been placed on the 2-yard-line. Instead, they reviewed it and placed it on the half-yard-line which makes zero sense.

After the game, Mark Stoops was asked in his press conference about the play and if he could explain it or explain how the officials explained it for him.

“I don’t understand it either,” Stoops said after the game. “He was clearly in. I really can’t give a good explanation. I didn’t really get good explanations all day. I don’t know if it’s us wearing these masks and all that, I don’t know. But that was a big swing.”

He was then asked if he believed that play had an affect on his team moving forward in the game, but he said they felt good at halftime.

“I don’t know if it did. We came in at half knowing that we were doing some very good things, and certainly our guys felt comfortable. They felt physical. We knew it was going to be a tough game, a close game. Whether that affected us or not, I don’t know.”

Regardless, that play had a huge impact on the game because it completely changed the way Kentucky had to play going forward. With that TD, the Cats take a 14-8 lead into the break, have all of the momentum, and can keep the ball on the ground.

Here is another look at the play and once again, Rodriguez is obviously in the end zone for the TD.

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