Missouri sophomore running back Damarea Crockett had a 75-yard touchdown run erased during the third quarter Saturday against Missouri State for diving across the goal line.
Crockett’s antic is prohibited per NCAA regulations by Rule 9, Section 2, Article 1, which has been in place since 2011.
Among the sub-points related to Unsportsmanlike Acts, players are barred from “obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone.”
The penalty is meant to eliminate taunting opposing players.
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The penalty is 15 yards from the spot of the foul, which means Crockett was credited with a 73-yard run to the Bears’ 2-yard line and the Tigers received a first down at the Missouri State 17-yard line.
Mizzou settled for a 35-yard Tucker McCann field goal on the drive, which bumped the lead to 51-35.
“I saw a replay on it,” second-year MU coach Barry Odom said of Crockett’s play. “There was a touch of celebration there.”
Crockett, who dove with gusto across the line, claimed it wasn’t in an effort to show up the Bears, but because he worried about being dragged down inside the 5-yard line.
“I was running and looking at the big (videoboard),” Crockett said. “I saw two guys behind me and one guy grabs my ankle.”
Crockett said all he was thinking was, “I’ve got to score,” because “the No. 1 rule is ‘Do not get tackled inside the 5,’ so I just dove. It was a stupid mistake. I shouldn’t have done it.”
Here’s the play in question:
After a stop by the defense, Crockett fumbled on his next carry a drive later, a play that was reviewed and overturned for Missouri’s second turnover of the game.