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Despite Big 12 apology, the damage has been done to Cowboys

Aren't we always taught to say we're sorry when we hurt someone else? Well, the officials hurt the Cowboys. Hurt 'em bad.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 3, 2012

Weird things can happen.

I mean, OSU had an extremely talented and veteran quarterback a year ago, and he once fumbled in the victory formation. If that could happen to Brandon Weeden, anything could've happened Saturday.

It seems like it would be easy enough to say, “Texas fumbled, OSU recovered, outcome switched,” but it's just not that neat and tidy.

Besides, if you start messing with outcomes involving late-game situations, it won't be long before teams start questioning calls made earlier in games. What would keep a team that loses by a point from protesting a call that cost them a touchdown in the first quarter? What would happen then? Go back to the stadium and pick up the game from that point?

I'm not sure, but I'm sure I don't want to find out.

Someday, I fear, this stuff will be overturned. Someday, we'll be deciding winners and losers from replays. Someday, we'll have gone down a road that won't be good.

In my mind, the Cowboys won on Saturday night. They got the stop that they needed on the goal line and beat the Longhorns for the third consecutive year.

Only problem is the scoreboard didn't say so.

Neither should the record books.

Not now.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or at You can also like her at, follow her at or view her personality page at

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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