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Oklahoma State football: Fox officiating expert says 'no clear recovery' on goal-line fumble

REMOTE PATROL — Replays appeared to show the ball pop out before Texas' decisive goal-line play. But referees had already ruled it a touchdown.
by Mel Bracht Published: September 29, 2012

Fox Sports called on its officiating expert Mike Pereira to analyze several controversial calls in its Texas-OSU telecast Saturday night, including Longhorn running back Joe Bergeron's 2-yard winning touchdown run with 29 seconds left.

After viewing the replay, Fox play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Charles Davis said the ball appeared to pop out before the touchdown.

However, Pereira said because the officials had ruled it a touchdown, an OSU player would have needed to come out of the pile with the ball to show a recovery. “There was not a clear recovery before it got in the scrum,” Pereira said from Fox's Los Angeles studio.

Pereira also supported the replay officials decision to overrule the ruling of incompletion on OSU's final touchdown of the game, a 20-yard pass to John Goodlett in which the ball came loose after he crossed the goal line. “He actually got one, two feet down (after the catch),” Pereira said. “That's a good overturn.”

For their second consecutive Saturday night broadcast in Oklahoma, Johnson and Davis did a good job of capturing the excitement of the game. “What a dramatic finish,” Johnson said after OSU's lateral onslaught on the final play came up short.

The Fox announcers praised the play of both quarterbacks.

“He's showing maturity now, looks like a veteran,” Davis said of Texas sophomore quarterback David Ash, who completed 30 of 37 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns.

Besides his passing, OSU freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh earned compliments for his running. “You see the dimension he brings to the offense,” Davis said of Walsh, who rushed for 57 yards on eight carries.

After showing a shot of injured starting quarterback Wes Lunt on the sideline, Davis said, “I'm being somewhat facetious, Gus. If J.W. Walsh continues to play well, his knee will feel a lot better.”

David defended OSU coach Mike Gundy's decision to settle for Quinn Sharp's 24-yard field goal to take a 36-34 lead with 2:34 left. “Texas is not confident in their kicking game,” he said. “A two-point lead is big for Oklahoma State."

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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