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Oklahoma State football: Big 12 apology will help Cowboys

by Berry Tramel Published: October 3, 2012

We were talking OSU-Texas on the radio a day or two ago, and the general consensus was, yeah, maybe the Cowboys got screwed by the no-call on Joe Bergeron’s goal-line fumble. But stop somebody. Play a little defense, keep Texas out of the end zone on its final two possessions, and the Cowboys wouldn’t have had to depend on a linesman deciphering the chaos of a scrum.

Then I got an email from an OSU fan. If the officials had called that play correctly, then OSU did stop somebody.

Oklahoma State takes the field before a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Texas (UT) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State takes the field before a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Texas (UT) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Which brings us to the Big 12 apology. Our gal Gina Mizell reports today that Big 12 supervisor of officiating Walt Anderson has called Mike Gundy and admitted his crew blew the call. Bergeron indeed fumbled before scoring, according to Big 12 film review. You can read the story here.

Too late to help the 2-2 Cowboys, who would be sitting pretty with a victory over Texas. Might lead the Big 12 going into November.

But the apology still packs a punch for the Cowboys, other than just an I-told-you-so from Daytawion Lowe, who recovered the fumble and pleaded his case with the officiating crew. The apology should bolster the Cowboy confidence. Especially the beleaguered defense.

It goes back to the email. OSU did stop the Longhorns. A unit that’s been chastised for not producing turnovers apparently did produce a turnover at the most opportune of times. That won’t help the won-loss record, but it absolutely should make OSU feel a little better about its performance and its ability to create takeaways. Alex Elkins caused the fumble by Bergeron with a hard hit. Elkins will be even more likely to hit hard next time.

Give OSU that stop, and Texas’ offense scored four touchdowns in 10 possessions. That’s not exception defense, 40 percent efficiency, but it’s not terrible. The Cowboys can walk a little taller, thanks to Anderson’s apology. And it should give Gundy even more motivational tools for the rest of the season. OSU lost one it didn’t deserve. Use that as fuel the rest of the season.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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