STILLWATER, Okla. - When Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson lofted a soft pass to his talented receiver Adarius Bowman in the end zone late in the first half Saturday, it looked like he came down with the ball and scored a touchdown…for a split second anyway.
By the time the Bowman hit the turf, he didn’t have the ball any more. FAU defensive back Corey Small did and the officials quickly signaled that the Owls had just made a huge interception.
That was about the last thing that quickly happened for the next several minutes as officials reviewed, reviewed and reviewed for more than five minutes.
Despite the fact the game was not on TV and there were only two angles available for review. It must have taken dozens of looks at the replay to come up with “undisputable” evidence to overturn the call, which the officials eventually did.
They may have gotten the call right, but if it takes that long, it’s likely at some point the evidence was “disputable.”
Forget the fact that OSU coach Mike Gundy said he didn’t challenge the call until he saw it played twice on the scoreboard at Boone Pickens Stadium and that Big 12 rules prohibit from showing controversial replays on the video boards.
The play was monumental, not just because it was a touchdown that made the score OSU 21-6 instead of 14-6. But because the play happened before halftime, you could see the play suck the air out of the Owls, who instead of running off the field to the lockerroom fired up because they were within a touchdown, slunk off the field knowing they likely wouldn’t get another chance to be that close to the Cowboys.
FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger agreed.
“We would have gone into halftime feeling really good about what we were doing, but we went in there and tried to focus on the things that were good for us in our gameplan,” Schnellenberger said.
That probably wasn’t easy.
Yes, the game got away from the Owls in the second half, but I wonder what it would have been had FAU floated off the field, excited about what they did in the first half still within striking distance. Instead, the Cowboys were the team fired up and we all saw the results as OSU coasted 42-6.