The Southeastern Conference admitted its officials got it wrong against Penn State.

The Nittany Lions beat Auburn 28-20 Saturday night, but Penn State coach James Franklin was visibly upset earlier in the game when his team was forced to punt on third down.

With Penn State trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, Penn State punted to Auburn after the SEC officiating crew ruled it was fourth-and-11.

After the Nittany Lions were penalized for intentional grounding on first down — an automatic loss-of-down foul — quarterback Sean Clifford completed a 5-yard pass. But referee James Carter ruled the next play as fourth down and Penn State brought punter Jordan Stout onto the field.

Franklin said he tried to tell officials about the mix-up but could not get the call changed.