Alabama just got the benefit of a game-changing call against Tennessee. After hitting backup quarterback Mac Jones, who was in the game in the aftermath of Tua Tagovailoa's ankle injury, Tennessee linebacker Darrell Taylor was penalized for unnecessary roughness. The flag was thrown late, as Taylor was whistled for... standing up?
Seriously? That warranted a 15-yard penalty and automatic first down?
Taylor literally did nothing but slightly push off Jones in order to get back on his feet. The referee reacted as if he smashed Jones' helmet into the turf after the hit.
Sure, he probably shouldn't have been on top of Jones for that long, but the flag was thrown for absolutely no reason, and Alabama was able to convert the extended drive into seven points.