Big 12 admits missed call in Tech-Baylor overtime
Texas Tech officials say they have been informed by the Big 12 that the officiating crew in the Tech-Baylor game Saturday missed a call in overtime that played a huge role in Baylor’s victory.
The Big 12 confirmed to Texas Tech on Sunday that the officiating crew missed a call in overtime that perhaps allowed Baylor to survive the Red Raiders. The Bears won 33-30 in two overtimes, but in the first overtime, Baylor center Jake Fruhmorgen snapped the ball off his butt, and the loose ball was recovered by Tech’s Jaylon Hutchings. But officials whistled the play dead and penalized Baylor with a false start. The Bears scored a touchdown two plays later.
"It is important to state that we have been in constant communication with the Big 12 Conference office from the immediate end of the game and throughout Sunday regarding the illegal snap call in the first overtime," Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement.
“It has been confirmed that the ruling on the field of an illegal snap was incorrect. The play is not reviewable by rule because it is a dead ball judgment call by the official. I am confident that the Big 12 Conference will deal with the matter internally as they complete the review of the game in its entirety. While this is a very unfortunate circumstance, I could not be more proud of our team and the competitive fight and effort with which they competed."
On the Big 12 teleconference Monday, Tech coach Matt Wells was diplomatic. “Nothing that can be done now,” Wells said. “We’re a no-excuse program. That won’t define us. That was obviously at a critical point in the game. We’ve got to atone for our errors. You gotta move on to the next play. You can’t let your emotions get too high or too low.”