Part of Oklahoma State’s Football 101 for Women clinic on Friday was a presentation from David Warden, the Big 12’s Assistant Coordinator of Football Officials. He came decked in referee gear and with a flag in hand. He used video footage to demonstrate each official’s responsibility on the field and explained some of college football’s new rules for 2012.
During a Q&A following his presentation, Quinn Sharp’s missed field goal at the end of regulation against Iowa State — a game OSU eventually lost in double overtime — came up.
Warden happened to be in the replay booth during that game and expressed confidence the right call was made on that kick. He explained a field goal can only be reviewed if the ball is lower than the upright. Sharp’s kick was not—it went straight over the top. And he emphasized that the entire ball needs to be inside the upright in order for a kick to be good.
“I’m very comfortable the back judge made the correct judgment,” Warden said.
Not exactly what a room full of Cowboy fans wanted to hear. But it offered some clarity on the rules, why the kick was no good and why it was called on the field the way that it was without a review.