The Norman Transcript


September 18, 2006

The day after

Stoops talks officiating


Despite the calls, Stoops doesn’t want to see replay taken out of college football.

“I would hope not,” he said. “Even though they acted as they did, at least the whole country and everybody sees what really happened.”

It was the second time in six games his team has lost due to controversial instant-replay rulings.

Last season against Texas Tech, three of the 12 plays on the Red Raiders’ game-winning drive were reviewed, including a fourth-down spot that would have ended the game in OU’s favor and a 2-yard touchdown run by Taurean Henderson that gave the Red Raiders the win.

The Big 12 upheld those rulings last season.

Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said the league will review both the onside kick and the pass interference calls.

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said he will seek a comprehensive review as well.

“The game officials were assigned by the Pac-10 Conference and we believe this situation will be properly handled and analyzed by the Pac-10 and then communicated back through our conference office,” he said. “There should be no mistaking our very serious concerns about the events that transpired and the energy we will exert in voicing those concerns.” 

But Stoops isn’t concerned with what the final report says. What’s done is done. The Sooners conclude non-conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday at Owen Field against Middle Tennessee. That’s were Stoops has turned his attention.

“That isn’t going to change anything,” he said. “In the end, I have to look at a bunch of kids who fought hard and have a loss right now.”

Penalty woes

Oklahoma committed eight penalties against Oregon and the infractions were a major contributor to its downfall. Three occurred in succession when OU had the ball first-and-goal at the Ducks’ 2-yard line. It had to settle for a field goal on the drive.

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