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Report: Big 12 representative apologized for blown call; conference says no

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Texas came away with a 41-36 victory over Oklahoma State in Week 6. The final score of the game was a 2-yard run from Longhorns running back Joe Bergeron with 30 seconds remaining.

There are likely more than a few OSU fans who thought Bergeron’s touchdown shouldn’t have been one at all. Bergeron dove forward into a goal line pile, but it was Cowboys safety Daytawion Lowe who came up with the football. Still, linesman Brad Edwards had already signaled touchdown, the call was reviewed and confirmed in the booth.

According to the Daily Oklahoman, the Big 12’s head of officiating Walt Anderson called OSU coach Mike Gundy and “apologized profusely” for what was determined to be a botched call. Anderson reportedly told Gundy that Bergeron indeed fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line (you can review the play for yourself HERE). Additionally, the Oklahoman reports “a second source added umpire Scott Teifer, who was watching the play from the end zone, also did not communicate properly with Edwards by telling him the ball was on the ground before it crossed the goal line.”

In that regard, the call on the field (touchdown) would be incorrect. However, by rule, since Lowe did not demonstrate clear recovery, possession would have stayed with Texas.

However, the Big 12 conference’s official Twitter page released a short statement a while later saying the Oklahoman report was “inaccurate.” Additionally, OSU associate AD Kevin Klintworth tweeted “AD Mike Holder is unaware of an apology from the #big12.”

During his Sunday teleconference, Gundy expressed his disappointment in the call, but added that nothing could be done about it.

Apparently, not even an apology. Or, a fake one for that matter. Either one.

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14 Responses to “Report: Big 12 representative apologized for blown call; conference says no”
  1. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 3, 2012 7:23 PM

    Let me point out two things before the arguements start between the Texas and OSU fans.

    A) The was clearly a fumble at the 1/2 yard line. Period. That said:

    B) OSU CANNOT get possession of the football. It disappears into a pile of bodies. And it doesn’t matter if Texas has not one player in this pile of bodies. As soon as it disappears, Texas maintains possession.

    Now while it would have been nice to call the fumble and let the play develope, if replay had done its job properly, the result is Texas ball at the half yard line with a running clock and likely game over. If Mack Brown is smart after dodging a major bullet, his next play call should be victory formation.

  2. deucez2 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:24 PM

    Both camera angles weren’t directly down the goal line so it’s hard to tell if Bergeron broke the plane with the ball. It is also hard to tell possession as the previous poster mentioned. What has also failed to be mentioned, is the kickoff to OSU which clearly touched a player before going out of bounds, was a botched call as well. As a result, OSU got much more favorable field position before their final score. Where is the apology for that blown call? Right call or not, ultimately the Big 12 looks foolish here. So much for better leadership under Bowlsby.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 4, 2012 1:07 AM

    Vince Young’s knee was down in the national championship game. A conference championship game lasted 60:01. There was blatant pass interference at Kansas back in the Mangino days, and now this.

    You might as well change the name to the Longhorn Conference.

  4. dg0122 says: Oct 4, 2012 1:22 AM

    Vince Youngs knee was down…so its first and goal…is that the time USC was going to stop him?
    No way…
    Replay clearly shows :01 left on the clock in B12 game. One more play…
    Dont let Vince convert on 4th and 18…
    Mangino got 52 put on him in the first half the next time for running his mouth…

  5. burntorangehorn says: Oct 4, 2012 1:55 AM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours, I’m not really sure either way on point A, but point B does pretty much make that moot, as the disappearance would’ve made it Texas ball anyway. There’s the possibility OSU could’ve stopped Texas from punching in the TD on an ensuing play, but likely? Eh.

    goodfieldnohit, the only one of those that *might* be true is the one Mangino called out in the press conference. Replay confirms the 0:01 issue. IF Vince had been down, which he wasn’t, it’s not like USC was stopping the score. That TD was happening. It might also be worth considering that the Rose Bowl was not a Big 12 game, so whatever Longhorn cooking you’re alleging would be a mis-attribution at best, if it weren’t actually just an outright falsehood.

  6. acieu says: Oct 4, 2012 5:24 AM

    The longhorns have SEC envy no doubt

  7. jengibre23 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:42 AM

    This is totally known as the longhorn conference… They banned OSUs paddle people cuz the longhorns said it was too distracting?? What? Tell origins crowd they’re to loud? The one think unique with OSU they took away cuz they had to bitch.. Fuck the longhorns… GO POKES!!

  8. jengibre23 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:51 AM

    Oregons and thing.

  9. okieviacal says: Oct 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    I’m actually more upset about the Paddle People than I am about the TD call.

    At least we got the ball back with a slim chance to win the game. If that run isn’t called a TD, UT runs the clock out, kicks a FG (which they’re horrible at, yes I know. But its inside the 1 for goodness sakes.), and walks away with the win.

    The Pokes defense has been flat most of the season, so when they didn’t stop UT short on that 4th and 6, I pretty much felt we were on our way to a loss. The defensive front seven needs to step it up and the secondary needs to do a better job of disrupting receivers.

    On the bright side, it looks like our WRs remembered how to block during running plays.

  10. greggatx says: Oct 4, 2012 2:55 PM

    jengibre23: Your real mature, NOT. I can see how you would be frustrated seeing how y’all are 4-23 against us. Maybe a new conference would help! Good luck!

    acieu: There is no envy of the SEC. Texas has won many more games aginst sec teams than sec teams against Texas. Y’all have gotten weaker with Missouri and those dumb aggies. We don’t really miss either one.

    As far as that goal line call goes, it was a tough call from the tv camera angles. I don’t really know what the correct call should have been. Even with revue of the play by the officials it wasn’t clear enough to over rule.

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 4, 2012 5:58 PM


    Texas has to control a conference in ALL sports. It’s in Texas DNA since Frank Irwin ruled Texas with an iron fist. Deloss is cut from the same piece of cloth

    Why do you think Arkansas left the SWC? Broyles was fed up with Texas dictating to Arkansas what their role would be.

    When Texas manipulated the formation of the Big 12 with the Big Eight, Baylor and Tech had to use their political chits with Anne Richards(Baylor) and Kent Hance(Tech) to assure that those two schools went along with A&M and Texas to the new conference.

    Ask Tom Osborne of Nebraska about dealing with Texas. Ask Colorado, Missouri and finally A&M about dealing with Texas.

    It’s not just teams from the Big 12 and the state of Texas. Ask the Chancellors and University Presidents of the Big 10 when Texas came to the Big 10 asking to be be admitted to the Big 10 mere days after Texas lost to Alabama in the National Championship football game? They told Texas “Thanks, but no thanks!”

    Ask the AD’s, Chancellors and University Presidents of the PAC 10 what they think of Texas trying to muscle into their conference? Not only no, but he** NO! The two Oregon schools, the two Arizona schools, the two Washington schools, Colorado and California are adamant about keeping Texas out.

    Ask the ACC senior administrators what they think of Texas wanting to join their conference, and when Texas was rebuffed, Texas makes overtures to FSU and Clemson to join the Big 12? They despise Texas.

    Finally, ask Notre Dame why they chose the ACC to join rather than join the Big 12? Answer, an outright disdain for Texas.

    Texas has to control a conference from top to bottom. They did it in the old SWC, they’ve done it in the Big 12. The cold hard FACT is that Texas is a pariah in college circles. The old adage that seasoned athletic and University officials say about Texas is that “Everyone KNOWS what Texas is, it is just the price that needs to be negotiated.”

    That is why Texas has it own boutique conference now and it’s buyer beware because with the advent of the superconferences, Texas
    will ALWAYS do what is best for Texas and say “See you later!” when the best new, new deal comes around and members of the Big 12 will be saying “What the he** just happened?”

  12. greggatx says: Oct 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    Those that don’t have it cry about it and leave. Those others (that left) just did not bring that much to the table and we had to carry them. We have a great and large alumi base who support us. Your alumi should do a better job supporting their schools. I know you want to blame others, but look at you own school’s support. We’re not going to buy your stuff. I’m sorry you feel bitter.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 5, 2012 10:01 PM



    First of all, if you’re are an example of University of Texas graduate, then I’d ask for a refund.

    alumi is spelled Alumni. One misspelling is okay, but two mispellings of the same word in the post show pure ignorance. Read your own post. Even Texas A&M Aggies can use a spell check, but I guess teasips can’t. Oh, and has to my alma mater, it took the Texas football team two full years to recover from the butt whipping you received in the National Championship game.

    You know, Alabama with 14 National Championships in football. How many does Texas have? Four?

    As to crying, I seem to remember the Longhorn fans crying incessantly about how they would have won the game IF Colt had not been injured. The sad fact is that Alabama is what Texas wants to be when Texas decides to put on some big boy pants.

    Roll Tide!

  14. greggatx says: Oct 6, 2012 8:04 PM

    Wow! That’s all you got? A mispelled word? Y’all have only beaten us one time and that when our QB went down in the first quarter. We have beaten y’all seven time! What matters is head to head match up. We’re better than y’all. I know it’s hard to take.
    Your grammar and punctuation skills are pretty sad. Most people start a sentence with the fisrt word being capitalized. You also have run on sentences. Did you take English 1&2 in school? It really doesn’t show here.

    BTW: Here is something that does not happen at The University of Texas.
    The NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate 21 victories between the 2005-07 seasons for NCAA violations. And in ’02 & ’03 there was a two-year bowl ban imposed by the NCAA due to recruiting violations.
    This is pretty embarrassing if you ask me. A pretty low tide indeen!

    Not to mention we have twice as many Heisman
    Trophy winners as y’all do!
    Hookem Horns!!


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