'Horns Down': LSU flashes infamous anti-Texas celebration. Is it worthy of a penalty?
AUSTIN, Texas — There was plenty of trash-talking leading up to LSU football's primetime showdown against Texas, and it hasn't stopped.
LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire took a handoff 12 yards for a score midway through the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 45-38 win.
His "Horns Down" celebration, though, adds fuel to Texas fans' already burning fire.
Is "Horns Down" worthy of a penalty?
Yes and no.
While there was no penalty called on Edwards-Helaire's touchdown run against Texas, the infamous "Horns Down" celebration should be treated as any other unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. At least that's what Big 12 coordinator of officials Greg Burks said during the conference's media days this summer.
According to Burks, the "Horns Down" celebration is fine, as long as it's not a prolonged gesture and not directed toward opposing players.
"Like any play, there is a degree — who it's directed at," Burks told ESPN. "If they do it in their bench area, we're not going to look at it. It would be like any other celebration foul, so it has to be like any other foul we have. Does it rise to the level we need to deal with that? It's a hot topic.
"I know people want us to be definitive on that, but it's like any touchdown celebration. Is it directed at an opponent or just celebration with your teammates?"
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