"I felt like he was run into inside of 10 yards," Stoops said. "And then our guy (Patrick) who has the football says, ‘Coach, the ball is laying on the ground. I didn't take it away from nobody.' "
After the review, referee David Cutaia announced the review had confirmed an OU player "touched the ball." Oregon was given possession at its 48. Two plays later, OU safety Darien Williams was penalized for pass interference.
The Sooners believed the ball had been tipped by defensive end C.J. Ah You, which would have meant Williams hadn't committed a penalty.
"We all relaxed and said, ‘All right, that's coming back,' " Stoops said.
Although Stoops didn't have a replay challenge available — OU was out of timeouts — he raced to an official on the sidelines and said, "You can review a tip, can't you? It's a tipped ball."
After the review, Cutaia announced the video evidence was inconclusive.
"They said they didn't see it," Stoops said. "They can explain that. I don't know how."
The officials didn't explain it. Rules allow for a pool reporter to question officials, but Oregon media relations director David Williford said no one requested an interview.
The replay official was assigned by the Pac-10.