Pregame before Michigan State-Minnesota game Sep 24, 2022; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Michigan State Spartans run onto the field at Spartan Stadium before their game against the Minnesota Gophers. Mandatory Credit: Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports

Week 4 of the college football season featured an extremely odd call in a Big Ten matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The play in question occurred in the first quarter on a run play to Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim. The referees correctly identified a personal foul for illegal use of hands to the face. But they went on to issue Golden Gophers wide receiver Le’Meke Brockington with the penalty, even though it seemed he was the victim on this play at first glance

The replay provided by the Big Ten Network on the play appears to show that Michigan State cornerback Charles Brantley clearly had his hands in the face of Brockington.

On the surface, it looks like an extremely bad missed call. But the live play showed that Brockington was not without fault on the play.

That live footage shows Brockington retaliating by shoving Brantley near the head and neck ahead at the end of the play, with the flag being thrown shortly after.

It certainly still seems like the biggest infraction from both teams came from the Spartans. And many took to social media to express their confusion on the call.

It seems like both teams committed the foul, but the refs ultimately caught Minnesota in the act.

Luckily for Minnesota, this controversial penalty did not cost them. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan went on to throw a 23-yard pass to Daniel Jackson on said drive to extend their lead to 14-0.

[Fox College Football, The Comeback on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.