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Missouri is still Big Mad at Kentucky’s Ahmad Wagner

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Jamie Squire | Getty Images

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.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Missouri is still Big Mad at Kentucky’s Ahmad Wagner

  1. 4everUKblue
    8:04 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Consequences of living in “THE Show me” state.

  2. ibescootch
    8:33 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    While I agree there was a lot of contact from Wagner on the play, it’s because he couldn’t get to the ball! Acy pretty much boxes him out, stopping his movement toward the ball. I’m no rules expert, but I’m pretty sure if the ball is up in the air, you can’t impede the offensive player from making a play by holding on to him and grappling him out of bounds.

  3. mashburnfan1
    8:35 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    “Maybe one day Missouri fans will be able to move on”….Really Nick. Every basketball game UK has lost in the last 30 years our stupid fans blame the refs. Have Mizzou fans threatened the ref or his family or business yet? Please never write another article about another fan base blaming refs because our very own are the worst offenders. Move on….our fans still talk about games from years ago “we lost because of the refs”. What a stupid article. And I see the first response to your article is one of the biggest officiating whiners on the basketball side.

    • StillBP
      8:44 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Lol someone is cranky today. Somebody get mash a warm bottle. Probably should change his diaper too.

    • stratblend
      8:48 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Mashurn, please don’t say OUR. You, sir, are no Cats fan. Anyone who has read a KSR comment in the last year knows you are a troll in cat clothing.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:27 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Mommy forgot to slide little Mashy’s food into the basement cage door again.

    • 4everUKblue
      10:28 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      mashbum is the biggest crybaby on the this site. Why don’t you go cry to somebody who gives a [email protected]%k?

    • nocode96
      10:46 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      You know what’s really cool? We all know this site can get heated over anything political, but every time mashbum says something, I see guys who were arguing the day before over politics come together to call this dolt out for what he is. I like that. That’s how big of a waste this mash thing is. It just gets better each time because he’s absolutely clueless on how dumb he looks.

    • notFromhere
      8:18 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Stratblend for the win!

  4. bbn606
    8:48 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Ok, you score 14 points with 0 ZERO first downs in the second half. Who else would even think they should have won the game?

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      12:26 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Spot on. And it’s even more ridiculous coming from an allegedly tough nosed coach like Odom. He should’ve used this to coach his kids, not lobby for what he deems to be better officiating.

  5. bigbluejon
    9:26 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Im as big of a Kentucky football fan that you can find, but if a I’m being honest, that was offensive PI. Having said that, UK is due all of the calls like that they can get. Mizzou needs to suck it up and get ready for a fresh beating this year

    • JASUN74
      1:24 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Wrong. It’s exactly what was called by the veteran official. He saw the undercutting that was going on all game and just finally made a good call. If there would’ve been even a chance to call an offensive foul he wouldn’t have called anything, game over. Correct Call all day long

    • notFromhere
      8:19 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly, Jasun. It wasnt about just one play

  6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:29 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Florida games in the Mark Stoops era should earn us these calls for at least the next 4 years.

  7. ClutchCargo
    10:02 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Man, how great is it to sit back and have other football programs and their fans cry about bad calls and missed opportunities? We got a few nice breaks last season, went on to win some games as a result, and I flat refuse to apologize one little bit for it. We were on the other side of that coin for decades. Suck it, crybabies! lol

    • J-Dub421
      10:28 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      There was quite a bit of contact, but Acy clearly shoved Wagner out of bounds.

  8. gacat123
    10:03 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    My goodness. Yes never saw it before but how open was Lynn Bowden on that play!

    • notFromhere
      8:21 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      That’s what I was yelling about then AND during that replay (as if it was live)… lol

      Excellent pass to CJ for the win, though

  9. DerBaron
    10:50 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

    I’m still trying to figure out why they’re in the SEC anyway.