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Source: Big 12 apologizes to OSU's Mike Gundy for botched call on Texas' TD

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL — The Big 12 Conference head of officials called Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy for a botched touchdown call on the decisive play in the Cowboys' 41-36 loss to Texas on Saturday.
BY GINA MIZELL Modified: October 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012

class="body">An officiating source explained that a runner ruled to have scored a touchdown is covered by the same rule as a runner called down in the middle of the field. Even if replay shows that the fumble occurred before the touchdown or before the runner is down, there must be “clear recovery in an immediate, continuing action … once the ball gets lost in the pile, clear goes away.”

Following the game, Gundy said he could not see the play from his vantage point on the sideline, but that Lowe was adamant he had recovered the ball.

But by Sunday, the coach’s tune had changed, after reviewing that play from several angles on film.

“I think it’s a fumble,” Gundy said then. “I don’t know what else to say.”

Gundy added he expected to receive a full explanation of the play and call from the Big 12 sometime this week.

OSU’s only media availability this week was Tuesday after practice, meaning Gundy was unavailable for comment Wednesday. But Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops met with reporters Wednesday evening and said he “absolutely” believed the conference’s officials should issue an apology if a critical mistake is made. Stoops, of course, was on the wrong end of a blown call on an onside kick when the Sooners lost at Oregon in 2006, and received an apology from the Pac-10.

“We're all in a big-boy world,” Stoops said. “We have to answer to everything we do. Players do. Even my college kids do. Why wouldn't professionals?

“Listen, I think our officials do an awesome job, so I'm not commenting on that. But in the end, everybody's human, everyone's going to make a mistake here and there. I believe our officials are awesome and nothing would ever be intentional. It's just, a judgment call sometimes, it's tough. Some of those decisions aren't very easy.”

Stoops also praised Anderson, calling him an “absolute professional.”

“He does communicate with us incredibly well,” Stoops said. “Keeps his guys accountable. You get reports back from him immediately if you have a question about something. I agree, he does an incredible job.

“I have been very happy and pleased with the officiating in our league. I'm not just brown-nosing. I really do believe he's continued to coach them very well."

The loss to the Longhorns dropped OSU to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys are off this week before traveling to Kansas on Oct. 13.

Staff Writer John Helsley contributed to this report.

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