Oklahoma football: ULM interception a good call

Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said Tuesday that he believes officials got a controversial interception ruling correct in Saturday's season-opening win over Louisiana-Monroe.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 4, 2013

NORVELL: ULM INTERCEPTION A GOOD CALL

Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said Tuesday that he believes officials got a controversial interception ruling correct in Saturday's season-opening win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Trevor Knight threw a deep pass to sophomore receiver Trey Metoyer, who appeared to come down with the grab before ULM defender Cordero Smith ripped the ball loose.

The ball never hit the ground. The play was originally ruled a Metoyer catch, then officials convened and said it was incomplete.

But upon further review, Smith was awarded an interception because Metoyer never completed the catch.

Norvell said it was the right call.

“He's gotta come down with the ball,” Norvell said. “I mean, you don't put that in the official's hands, and that's a pretty clear rule. When you come down, you've gotta roll over with the football. It can't come out at any time.

“So, to me, that was a good call. He's gotta finish that catch and give it to the officials. That's what we always talk about.”

Metoyer's only catch Saturday was a 13-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter.

HANCOCK TO SPEAK SATURDAY AT OU

Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS and College Football Playoff, will speak at OU on Saturday at 3 p.m., three hours before the Sooners' Big 12 Conference opener against West Virginia kicks off.

Hancock will talk inside Gaylord Hall, located just west of the football stadium. The session is open to the public and will be streamed live online.

Hancock, a 1972 OU journalism graduate, is speaking as part of the Gaylord College's Centennial, celebrating 100 years of OU journalism education.

He will be the first executive director of the College Football Playoff, the new system to crown a national champion that begins next year.

FORMER OU ATHLETIC OFFICIAL DIES

Curtis Jones, who spent five years in the Oklahoma athletic department, died Wednesday morning.

Jones, who was in his second year as West Virginia's assistant athletic director for academic support, was 40. The cause of death has not been released.

Jones was OU's director of compliance in 2003-04, assistant AD for compliance in 2004-05 and assistant director of athletic academic affairs from 2005-08.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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