AUBURN, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference says South Carolina should have gotten a second chance at a Hail Mary against Auburn.
SEC spokesman Chuck Dunlap confirmed Sunday that the Tigers should have drawn a 5-yard penalty for having two players with the same number on the field for the final play. That would have given the Gamecocks another chance at a touchdown in Saturday night’s 42-35 loss.
Dunlap says the violation was discovered well after the game. Auburn had No. 1 Montravius Adams at defensive tackle and inserted receiver D’haquille Williams, who also wears No. 1, to help defend against a Hail Mary.
The ball appeared to hit Williams before Jonathan Jones intercepted it to end the game. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said he’d have gone for two points after a touchdown.