However, the Iowa State game illustrated Stoops’ point. Five of the Cyclones’ first downs came on OU penalties. Corey Nelson’s obvious facemask penalty on Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz was hard to miss. However, the illegal hands to the face by cornerback Demontre Hurst and the pass interference flag on Gabe Lynn were all judgement rulings.
“It was disappointing,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “I thought we had really good coverage on a couple of them, too. It’s always frustrating. Those were the calls that were made, and we were able to overcome them, which was the most pleasing thing to me. We didn’t let them bother us. We came back and shut them back down.”
What’s alarming is the rate OU’s giving up first downs via penalty (12) to receiving them (4) and the amount of penalties its opponents have racked up. In the last two games, Notre Dame and Iowa State combined for just three penalties for 15 yards. All of them were before the snap. That means over the course of 291 plays from scrimmage there hasn’t been one holding call, pass interference, defensive holding or anything else called against an opponent.
It could have been a case of officials letting teams play. Each officiating crew is different. Each game is different. One thing has been consistent.
“The fact we get called on the judgement ones, and they don’t... It’s just the way it is,” Stoops said Monday.
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