Tennessee wide receiver and special teams player Jauan Jennings stepped on a helmet-less Vanderbilt player’s face after the two were forced out of bounds in the closing minutes of Saturday’s win.
Jennings tackled Justice Shelton-Mosley on a punt return, which led to a sideline scuffle between the two and several teammates getting involved.
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As Jennings stood up, the senior wideout looked the other way and stepped on the face of Shelton-Mosley, whose helmet had been knocked off.
It’s unclear whether Jennings, who has a checkered past at Tennessee, intentionally made contact with his cleats.
The actions of Jennings were slammed by ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback D.J Shockley.
“The most horrific thing I’ve seen in college football in a long time. Uncalled for, really disrespectful and I think puts a big scar on who he is as a football player but as a man as well,” Shockley said.
No flags were called, and Tennessee won, 28-10.
In 2017, Jennings was kicked off the team for a profanity-laced social media rant criticising the team’s coaching personnel, but was later reinstated after the team changed its coaching staff.
— Mark Fischer, NY Post
IRON BOWL MAYHEM UNFOLDS AGAIN
Another wild, triumphant Iron Bowl finish turned Auburn’s field into a teeming mass of orange and blue.
A missed Alabama field goal again had much to do with it.
Shaun Shivers scored on an 11-yard run with 8:08 left to put No. 16 Auburn ahead and another failed kick wiped away the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide’s playoff hopes in a 48-45 victory for the 16th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.
Auburn (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) survived a final, marathon Crimson Tide drive when Joseph Bulovas’ 30-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 2:00 left.
Auburn couldn’t get a first down on JaTarvious Whitlow’s three runs while Alabama (10-2, 6-2) burned its final two time outs. But the Tide was called for illegal substitution after the Tigers lined up with the punter joining the offence, setting off confusion for the Tide and a fist-pumping celebration for coach Gus Malzahn.
“That’s the craziest game I’ve ever played in,” Shivers said.
Auburn fans stormed the field to celebrate another Iron Bowl thriller, filling it from end zone to end zone as they did in the 2013 Kick-Six game, when the Tigers’ Chris Davis returned a missed Tide field goal 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown.
“When we play at home and we play them, we get to the fourth quarter, we find a way to win — 2013, 2017,” Malzahn said.
“It kind of held true to the script tonight and our crowd has a lot to do with that. Our guys believed and our crowd willed us.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban deflected questions about the playoffs. “I think the lesson to be learned is how important it is to be accountable,” Saban said. “When you play against good teams, that’s when these things bite you.” He wasn’t pleased with the call for having 12 players on the field at the end, though.
“I really feel that it was a pretty unfair play at the end of the game where they substituted the punter as a wide receiver,” Saban said. “So we put the punt team in. And when the quarterback was back in there, we tried to put the defence back in. I thought they should have given us a little more time to substitute and get (Jaylen) Waddle out as a returner.”