Big 12 officials announced a two-game suspension Sunday for the two-person instant replay crew that missed a key point of rules application in Saturday’s game between Oklahoma State and Central Michigan.
The suspension, announced by Walt Anderson, the Big 12 supervisor of officials, came one day after a Big 12 instant replay crew failed to alert the field crew from the MAC about a mistake that allowed Central Michigan to score on an untimed down at the end of a 30-27 victory over Oklahoma State after play should have ended under NCAA rules.
The MAC crew cited OSU for intentional grounding on a fourth-down play when the Cowboys were trying to kill the final four seconds of the game while protecting a 27-23 lead. Because that infraction comes with a loss of down, the field crew awarded the ball to Central Michigan for one untimed down although Bill Carollo, the NCAA’s coordinator of football officials, said that was a misapplication of rules. Carollo and others said the game should have ended after the final throw by OSU.
Central Michigan scored the winning touchdown on a 51-yard, Hall Mary and lateral on the next play and the result cannot be reversed. In his announcement, Anderson said: “The (replay) crew missed an opportunity to advice the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in the game-winning touchdown. NCAA rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors and it is unacceptable that it did not occur in this situation. Additionally, this replay crew will not be eligible for assignment to an end-of-season bowl game.”