Battle For The Belt Ends On Controversial Call
The South Alabama Jaguars welcomed the Troy Trojans to Hancock Whitney Stadium on Thursday night for the annual “Battle for the Belt” rivalry.
The game was a low-scoring affair, highlighted by strong defensive performances from both teams.
Towards the end of the game, the Trojans had a 10-6 lead and the Jaguars faced second-and-10 from its own 13-yard line, with eight seconds left to play.
The next play proved to be huge and ultimately end the game…
This play was ruled a catch and a fumble, recovered by a South Alabama player and no time remained on the play clock.
As both players went out to shake hands, South Alabama head coach, Kane Wommack rushed onto the field and argued that the Jaguars still had time for one more play.
Both teams went back to their respective sidelines and the referees took a look at this.
Was it indeed a catch and a fumble or an incomplete pass?
Did the clock run out too quickly?
The ruling on the field was confirmed, securing Troy’s fifth straight win over South Alabama in this rivalry matchup.
The Trojan players stormed the field and celebrated the big win with the beloved victory belt.
South Alabama falls to 5-2 and 2-1 in Sun Belt play, while Troy improves to 6-2 and 4-1 in the Sun Belt.