As many of you have mentioned, it was not a forward pass. No line of scrimmage, change of possession and the like.
What it was was a lateral that went forward. Forward laterals are illegal but they are live balls. If the team which made the lateral catches or recovers the ball, they are...
That's the TV clock. Not official. Actually, the tv clock actually caught up. I put a stop watch to it. 10.7 secs from in bounds to whistle. TV showed 18.8 down to 7.9. At most, a .2 error. This video stops a bit too soon to prove it though.
#3 does not break the tie. All 3 are undefeated against the 4, 5 & 6 teams in the south.
#4 does not break the tie since there is no common opponent from the Nort for all 3 teams.
That leaves final BCS ranking as the tie breaker.