BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A video, which shows two SFA football players look to the sideline before falling to the ground, has gone viral on YouTube with 25,000 views and counting.
The video, titled "Lumberjacks fake injuries - Texas A&M beats SFA - 9/4/10 - SFA coaching should be ashamed!" shows Texas A&M on offense. After the play is over, two players, No. 23 Romeo Robinson and No. 48 Darren Robinson run to the line of scrimmage, look to the sideline and fall to the ground. The game officials blow their whistle to stop the clock and training staff run to the field to check on the players' conditions.
Various message boards and blogs have linked to the video, with posters pondering if the injuries were faked in order to stall Texas A&M's offense.
SFA lost the game, 48-7.
James Dixon, the SFA media relations director of football, declined to comment on the video. He also declined to seek comment from the coaching staff.
We showed the video to SFA students to get their take.
"One of the guys falls, it looks so fake just the way he falls. The other guy looks legitimate but it just looks like it's a comedy routine," said Jared Rounsavall.
"It's kind of odd," added Lindsey Chandler.
"It's inconclusive. I can't really tell," said Ronnie Hill.
Other SFA fans who made the game say this video is bogus and blowing it out of proportion.
"I really don't think they planned it because everybody you know was hot. They were all playing hard, both sides were cramping up and they're kind of making more of the video than it really is," said Blake Bell.
"A lot of the injuries probably could have happened from the A&M guys being a lot bigger than SFA," said Lyssa Ward.
KTRE Sports Director Nick James watched from the sidelines. He says both teams were cramping up.
"They were getting hurt on and off the field you know from the first quarter through the fourth quarter," said James.
SFA supporters say they have no doubt an A&M fan posted this video to YouTube. They tell KTRE whether or not the players fell down intentionally, they'll keep supporting the Jacks.
"It just looks like an A&M fan trying to get under people's skin," said Rounsavall.
That may very well be the case.
Either way, this video is making its way well beyond the competition on the field, a fiery start to the football season.