Replay Costs Oklahoma Yet Again

By Adam Caparell - September 29, 2007


Snake-bitten in September? The Sooners just may be after Bob Stoops and company found themselves on the wrong end of a replay call yet again.

For the second straight season, Oklahoma went down on the road thanks to an incorrectly overturned call late in the fourth quarter.

Last year, it was the Sooners losing in Eugene to Oregon in the final minute and Saturday the No. 3 team in the nation suffered its first loss of the season against Big 12 foe Colorado after a Sam Bradford's pass to Juaquin Iglesias, on a 2nd and 7 at the Oklahoma 36 yard line with a little over 3 minutes remaining, was called complete on the field, only to watch as the replay booth eventually overturned the call despite the fact there seemed to be no angle available that showed Iglesias definitively did not catch the football. Two plays later, Oklahoma was punting it away and they'd never get the ball back.

So, of course, the Sooners went on to lose on a last-second field goal, a career-long 45-yard by Kevin Eberhart. But the biggest culprit in Oklahoma's upset wasn't the refs - although they certainly helped - rather it was the Sooners defense that let up way too many yards in the second half and watched Colorado march down the field for several fourth quarter scores. The Sooners entered halftime with a 17-7 lead only to watch the Buffalos tie things up thanks to Sooners turnovers and their inability to stop Colorado's running attack. The Buffs rushed for 161 yards on the afternoon and out-gained Oklahoma by 150 yards.

This was Oklahoma's first real test of the season and the Sooners came up short. The closest game Oklahoma had played in was a 38 point victory over Utah State and it looked like the Sooners weren't up to challenge down the stretch. The defense didn't make a big stop when they needed it in the fourth quarter, let Colorado rack up the yards on the ground down the stretch and the offense didn't help as Bradford finished just 8-of-19 for 112 yards with two picks. Oklahoma's offense, which came into the game averaging a staggering 60 points per game, was shutout over the game's final 27 minutes.

The loss will drop the Sooners out of the national title picture for now and it certainly knocks down next weekend's game against Texas a few notches. Just a few weeks ago the Sooners were one of the four unquestioned best in the country. Not after a bad call upstairs and an even worse defensive performance.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:01 PM on September 29, 2007
Comments (3)

Comments

How exactly do know it was a bad call? Do have access to all the replay cameras?

And it's ridiculous to compare this to the clearly terrible call at Oregon last year. That bad call was a fact.

Get a life.

mad buff fan

It is a shame that teams keep blaming the officials for their losses.

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