Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Botched call nets suspensions

The eight-man officiating crew that made the wrong call at the end of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game has been suspended for two games, the Mid-American Conference announced Sunday.

And the Big 12 announced that the two-person video replay crew that worked the game also has been suspended for two games. In addition, the replay crew will be prohibited from working postseason games this season.

"The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown," Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement.

Officials mistakenly gave Central Michigan an untimed final play from midfield after OSU was penalized for intentional grounding while trying to run off the last four seconds of the fourth quarter with a three-point lead.

On that play, the Chippewas scored a touchdown on a long pass and lateral to win 30-27. The referee admitted afterward that an error was made by extending the game after a loss-of-down penalty.

"After a thorough review and evaluation of the entire Central Michigan at Oklahoma State contest, we have decided to suspend the officiating crew for the next two consecutive weeks," Bill Carollo, national coordinator of college football officials, said in statement released by the MAC.

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder voiced his protest, but the result of the game was final.

OSU coach Mike Gundy did not realize officials got the call wrong until reporters informed him at his postgame news conference.

On Sunday, Gundy took some responsibility for the way the Cowboys tried to kill the final 4 seconds by having quarterback Mason Rudolph throw the ball away on a fourth down.

"I'm disappointed in myself that I called a play that could have been interpreted as intentional grounding," Gundy said. "That play has been in our playbook for 12 years now and intentional grounding and an untimed down after the last play of the game never even crossed my mind. Of course in hindsight, I wish I would have done it differently, but in the big picture, the game should have been over. While I'm disappointed in myself, I am also disappointed that we had 10 rules officials who didn't properly apply the rule. I give credit to Central Michigan for coming up with a great play and executing it as well as they did."

The loss dropped No. 22 OSU out of the new Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday.

AP POLL: Alabama remained No. 1, receiving 56 out of 61 first-place votes, but Florida State jumped over Clemson for No. 2. The Tigers dropped to No. Florida moved back in at No. 23.

RUNNING WILD: Kalen Ballage tied an NCAA record by scoring eight touchdowns and had 185 all-purpose yards, helping Arizona State outlast visiting Texas Tech 68-55 late Saturday. Ballage scored seven touchdowns on direct-snap runs and another on a 39-yard, double-reverse flea flicker. The junior matched the record set by Illinois' Howard Griffith in 1990. "These guys right here, every single one of them, they go to work," said Ballage, referring to his offensive linemen whom he brought to the postgame news conference.

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