Missouri is never going to forgive Ahmad Wagner.
Almost a year after Kentucky overcame a two-touchdown deficit with five minutes to play, the Tigers are still making excuses for their loss. According to Missouri, they didn’t lose because they could not get a first down in the second half. It wasn’t because of the punt return touchdown they surrendered either. They lost because the refs cheated.
Dave Matter, the Mizzou beat reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote an incredibly long report on the SEC’s increased scrutiny of officials and how it pertains to the Tigers. This is how he addressed the final moments of the loss to UK.
No player in the SEC knows the sting of controversial officiating decisions more than (cornerback DeMarkus) Acy. As the game clock turned to zeroes last Oct. 27 against Kentucky, Acy was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, even though it was Wildcats receiver Ahmad Wagner who clearly delivered the most contact, trying to twist off Acy’s head like a bottlecap. The Wildcats were rewarded an untimed down, which they used to score the game-winning touchdown. (Missouri head coach Barry) Odom discussed the penalty with (SEC coordinator of officials Steve) Shaw after the game — he publicly declined to discuss how that conversation went — but insisted Acy defended the play with perfect form.
The way Matter described it, Wagner should be arrested for aggravated assault. When you see the play, the charges do not fit the description.
Maybe one day Missouri fans will be able to move on. If Thoughts and Prayers aren’t enough, I know a song that heals all wounds.
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— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 28, 2018