Posted October 04, 2013

Big 12 issues statement on non-call of fumble in Texas-Iowa State game

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The Big 12 said there was enough evidence to overturn Johnathan Gray's fumble.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Running back Jonathan Gray lost the ball on the goal line, but no fumble was called in Texas’ 31-30 victory over Iowa State on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Big 12 Conference said on Friday that there was insufficient evidence to overturn a disputed non-fumble call in Texas’ 31-30 victory over Iowa State on Thursday night.

Texas running back Johnathan Gray was attempting to score from the 3 when he fumbled, but was ruled down by contact. Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George stripped Gray of the ball and ran down the field with it.

“I’ve got pretty good eyesight. The view I had of that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a player that was not down and our guy with the football,” said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads.

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Big 12 Supervisor of football officials Walt Anderson released a statement about the play.

“The ruling made on the goal line play was that the runner was down by rule with the ball,” said Anderson in the statement. “Because of that ruling, instant replay is allowed to review the play, which it did. Had the ruling on the field been forward progress, the play would not be reviewable because the goal line was not involved. The Replay Official looked at all five views available for this play: Line Feed, Goal Line cart, Press Box angle, Sky Cam, and Opposite End Zone camera. He correctly determined there was no indisputable video evidence to confirm that either the ruling on the field was correct, or that the ball was loose prior to the runner being down. By rule when there is not indisputable video evidence to confirm or change the call on the field, the ruling stands.

“On this play, the covering official ruled the runner was down and still had control of the ball. There is no question the runner ends up on the ground, and there is no question that eventually an Iowa State player ends up with the ball. However, after reviewing the video evidence it is impossible to tell with certainty when the runner loses control of the ball and at that point was he down or not.

“The conference would acknowledge in this unique situation if a mistake were made, but we do not have the video evidence to prove that one occurred.”


28 comments
JamesGaylandBrown
JamesGaylandBrown

What the BIG 12 should have said in its press release is: "Are you freaking kidding? It's TEXAS. No way in this life are we ever going to make a call against TEXAS over IOWA STATE. Pay no attention to the video evidence. This never happened."

Whatever
Whatever

What a BS statement. The ruling on the field, as given by the referee on the stadium PA system, was "down by contact". The video CLEARLY showed that the ball was stripped before either knee was down. What a joke.

DougDandridge
DougDandridge

I think those refs would fit into the ACC just fine (I am a Nole).  Kind of nice to know that we aren't the only ones who suffer through horrible reffing.  Saw the play on TV, and to me it was obvious that Iowa State won that game.

j7apple
j7apple

Not that there are moral victories but Iowa has to be pleased to go head to head with the giant Texas and lose by 1 on a dispute.

Texas is in a sad state of turmoil if hey are taking great pride in beating Iowa State.  Good grief how the mighty has fallen.

and I thought just Pac-12 refs were terrible. Guess they have competition 

PowerBone
PowerBone

Iowa State is on their knees doing what they do best. Please give us a call so we can win a game. PLEEEAAAAASE SIIRIIIRRRR. Iowa State is quite talented on their knees so perhaps they should appreciate what they get and LIKE IT.....

mysteryman
mysteryman

Texas may have paid for the win, but anybody who watched, knows they lost, and that they stink. Oops, I mean suck. Ha ha you suck Texas!

BradConner
BradConner

I was nervous when they reviewed the call.  I thought i could have gone either way.  And since the ruling was down by contact, there was INDISPUTABLE video evidence to overturn the call.

jdane
jdane

So that's how Iowa State drew it up?   Let the other team drive to  the goal-line a fumble??   What a shame that their brilliant game plan, which worked to such perfection, got derailed by the call.

Chris10
Chris10

Lame big 12, Lame.  Just admit the officials blew it like all the other conferences.  Maybe in the inevitable next round of realignment you will go away.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

At least the PAC 12 admits when their officials affect the outcome of a game....

This is pathetic as the Big 12 try to keep UT relevant...

matt68
matt68

It would be physically impossible for the Texas runner to still be holding the ball when he hit the ground, as the Iowa State player grabbed the ball without leaning over, above his own waist.

tfaw
tfaw

the big 12 just should not have issued any statement.  any one with eyesight reached a far different conclusion, and i am a fax of texas football.  

jdpowell72
jdpowell72

I'm a lifelong Texas fan. Iowa State played better and deserved to win the game. They got screwed.

DavidWalker1
DavidWalker1

I've no axe to grind here, Big Ten fan/Illinois alum, but Iowa State got ripped off and it is apparent from viewing the replays.

SheldonCooper28
SheldonCooper28

I wonder if these were the same refs from the tcu-texas tech game. the big 12 office said the same thing about that game and the officials in the game last night were just as bad if not worse than that tcu-texas tech game. Big 12 have worse refs than the Pac 12 and that's really saying something.

MarkGronemeyer
MarkGronemeyer

Of course the Big 12 is gonna back the referees. Iowa State got hosed!

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"The Big 12 Conference said on Friday that there was insufficient evidence to overturn a disputed non-fumble call... " The correct interpretation from available replays.

donald5
donald5

Calling the ball dead in regard to forward progress allows way too much leeway in these decisions.  The rules are way too vague.  

goldeneyegundam
goldeneyegundam

I'm from Texas and even I can say that Iowa State got screwed.

Whatever
Whatever

@PowerBone Don't you mean Texas begging the officials to just help them out so Mack Brown doesn't' get fired like Lane Kiffin did at the airport?

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

vaseline @BradConner Is there no audio?  Dude was at about the 40-yard line before you heard any whistles.  ISU got re@med w/out vaseline...

BradConner
BradConner

@jdane please tell me how the plan worked to perfection???  Texas won!  If Grey had NEVER lost the ball in the first place, we would still be seeing a Texas win.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

@Chris10 What does the conference have to do with it, Planet Doofy dude?  E

very conference has officials who stink.  Tell us your team's conference, if you have the guts!

CoryDowns
CoryDowns

Well I am a Xerox of Texas football and I still agree with you!