Who Are the Referees In the Ole Miss vs. Penn State Peach Bowl?

    Which referee crew will be in charge of the on-field action during the Peach Bowl between Ole Miss and Penn State? They're a crew famous for one specific play.

    The Peach Bowl is set to feature two of the most notable programs and head coaching figures in college football. When the Ole Miss Rebels take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, another notable cast of characters will take the field as well.

    You may not know it, but the referee crew in charge of the Peach Bowl is part of college football history.

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    Who Are the Referees In the Peach Bowl?

    The referees in charge of the on-field action during the Peach Bowl are the same crew that refereed the notorious “Bush Push” when USC RB Reggie Bush pushed USC QB Matt Leinart over the goalline for a game-winning touchdown over Notre Dame in 2005.

    A Pac-12 assigned crew, here are the referee assignments for the 2023 Peach Bowl between Ole Miss and Penn State:

    • Referee: Mike McCabe
    • Umpire: Matthew Jordan
    • Head Line Judge: Darryl Johnson
    • Line Judge: Matt Dornan
    • Field Judge: Kevin Kieser
    • Side Judge: Dion Spenard
    • Back Judge: Steve Hudson
    • Center Judge: Ty Druise
    • Alternate: Matthew Richards
    • Replay Official: Jim LaBorde
    • Communicator: Jeffery Yock

    The Peach Bowl will feature two of the top 11 teams in the country, per the final College Football Playoff Rankings. Ole Miss of the SEC takes on Penn State from the Big Ten as the latter conference is looking to exact revenge on the SEC after the embarrassing Ohio State performance against Missouri the night prior.

    All Big Ten teams had won their previous matchups, including incoming Big Ten teams UCLA and USC, combining to go 3-0 (5-0 if you count USC and UCLA) prior to the Ohio State outing. The SEC, on the other hand, notched their first victory with Missouri’s win, and that even includes incoming member Oklahoma, who fell to Arizona.

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