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From staff reports Published: September 18, 2006
NORMAN -- Oklahoma president David Boren is asking the Big 12 Conference to seek an apology from the Pac 10 Conference following Oklahoma's controversial loss to Oregon on Saturday -- and request the game not go in the record books as a win or a loss by either team.

Boren's letter

Oklahoma lost to Oregon 34-33 in Eugene, Ore., following two touchdowns in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Ducks scored following an onside kick, even though replays showed an Oregon player touched the ball first and an OU player recovered the ball after the kick. Replay officials gave Oregon possession of the ball.

"It is truly sad and deeply disappointing that members of our football team should be deprived of the outcome of the game that they deserved because of an inexcusable breakdown in officiating," Boren wrote in a letter to Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg.

Boren asked that the Big 12 take five actions:

  • Seek an apology from the Pac 10.

  • Ask the Pac 10 to suspend the officials responsible for the rest of the season.

  • Ask the Pac 10 to change a rule in which only their officials are used in non-conference home games.

  • Remove the game from the record books.

  • Review with other conferences how replay is used during games.

    Boren asked that the Big 12 "vigorously demand that our teams be treated fairly when participating in non-conference games."

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