Baylor followers have been so excited that their No. 13 Bears beat No. 8 Oklahoma that they stormed the sector twice.
Assuming the sport was over, throngs of followers who had been perched on partitions ready for the ultimate seconds to tick off the clock rushed the sector, not realizing Baylor coach Dave Aranda had known as a timeout with three seconds left, up 24-14.
Aranda’s reasoning: He wished to get extra factors in case there was a tie amongst two-loss groups within the Huge 12 title race, as a result of level differential between groups is the third tiebreaker within the league’s guidelines.
After a protracted delay, together with the general public handle announcer imploring followers to go away the sector, the Bears’ Isaiah Hankins added a 32-yarder as time expired for the 27-14 victory, and the followers ran again to the middle of the sector to rejoice.
On a day when the Sooners’ 17-game successful streak ended, they usually have been seemingly eradicated from the Faculty Soccer Playoff race, none of this sat nicely with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.
“It grew to become a security situation,” Riley mentioned. “I do know why Dave tried to kick the sector objective. I do not agree with it. And I nonetheless assume above all else, there is a code of sportsmanship that I imagine in. I would not have executed it. However that is his determination, that is his soccer group. How the officers do not implement a 15-yard penalty while you most likely received 5,000 folks on the sector is unbelievable to me. It’s what it’s. That is his determination. That is the officers’ determination. I do not agree with it.”
Aranda mentioned he contemplated the tiebreaker determination early within the week and determined when Kennedy Brooks scored on a 1-yard run with 2:26 left within the recreation that he wished to attempt to add extra factors.
“We wished to get again on the scoreboard to assist with that differential,” he mentioned. “You could have some two-loss groups. We need to be in that place.”
Riley mentioned he noticed OU linebacker David Ugwoegbu “simply get bum-rushed by three guys” and despatched Oklahoma’s group to the locker room throughout the delay. He mentioned he thought of telling all of the gamers to go away with out having any on the sector for a last play.
“I did inform them that, and I do not know, possibly I ought to have executed it,” Riley mentioned. “You understand, I simply I do not imagine this example was dealt with nicely by lots of people. Doing it with class is vital to me. And on the finish of the day, that is why we determined to carry 11 guys out though deep down I rattling positive did not need to.”
Aranda was informed of Riley’s feedback and mentioned he may admire his perspective.
“I feel he was upset,” Aranda mentioned. “I can perceive that. It is an emotional recreation. I think about Lincoln a pal, so I think about we’ll speak right here fairly fast.”
It was the tip of a irritating day throughout for Riley, whose offense had its worst efficiency ever underneath him. The Sooners had their fewest yards (260) and fewest factors scored (14) since Riley arrived at Oklahoma as offensive coordinator in 2015.
It is simply the second time the Sooners have been held to fewer than 300 yards underneath Riley. That, too, was towards Aranda, within the Sooners’ 27-14 win over Baylor final yr.
“They performed higher than we did,” Riley mentioned.
Riley tried a quarterback swap as soon as once more to see if he may discover a spark, benching Caleb Williams late within the third quarter for Spencer Rattler. To that time, Williams was 8-for-14 for 84 yards.
“We have been just a bit stale, actually,” Riley mentioned. “We had somewhat stretch there within the second quarter, once more within the third quarter, the place we had a couple of issues there that [Williams] missed that he simply sometimes does not miss. Spencer, had an excellent week. So I went with Spencer. Once more, you have to make these selections within the warmth of the second. At that time, I felt prefer it was the fitting determination.”
Rattler went 4-of-6 for 36 yards on two drives. Each drives ended with Rattler being sacked on third down. Williams’ surging Heisman candidacy ended and the Sooners’ playoff goals died in a sea of green-and-gold-clad followers in Waco.
However a seventh straight Huge 12 title stays a objective.
“Nonetheless an entire lot left for this soccer group,” Riley mentioned. “That is the benefit of successful your first 9 video games is you do set your self up to have the ability to overcome one thing like this, so [I’m] disenchanted, clearly, that now we have to beat it, however it’s what it’s. So we’ll bounce again like we at all times do and like we absolutely anticipate to.”