In trying to reverse a blown call Saturday night, the officials in Tennessee's 27-21 win over Vanderbilt blew another one, the SEC's coordinator of officials said.
The Volunteers won the game on Eric Gordon's 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in overtime, a play in which Gordon was initially ruled down. The officials then went to replay to overturn the call.
Both decisions were wrong, said the SEC's coordinator of officials, Steve Shaw.
Since Gordon had initially been ruled down, a whistle had been blown, making the play dead.
"During the play, the head linesman incorrectly ruled that the Tennessee player's knee was down when he intercepted the pass by blowing his whistle and giving the dead ball signal," Shaw said in a statement. "The play was reviewed as if there was no whistle on the field, and as a result, overturned the incorrect ruling. By rule, if there was a whistle blown, the play is not reviewable."
The statement likely was of little solace to Vanderbil...