OU football: Lincoln Riley says 'classy' move by Big 12 to acknowledge clock error
NORMAN — The Big 12 on Monday acknowledged a timing error in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Sooners win over Texas. Saying in a statement that the clock should’ve been set to 5:57 following a fourth-quarter review instead of 6:36.
The extra 39 seconds could’ve played a critical difference in the end of regulation, where Texas scored with just 14 seconds left to force overtime.
The error occurred after Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger went out of bounds on a third-down play and Texas was initially given a first down. After a review, Ehlinger was ruled short but officials set the clock to 6:36 — more time than remained before the second down play.
“Classy move by him,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said of Big 12 officiating liaison Greg Burks. “Greg’s been great. He’s fantastic to communicate with. … Nobody wants to hear it right now for players or officials, but our officials, there’s a lot of challenges with COVID as well. They’re handling mixed crews, travel issues.
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“Greg’s been very transparent about that. He owns mistakes, holds his guys accountable and continues to push to get them better, just like we’re trying to do with our team.”
Riley said he plans to talk to Burks late in the week about how the error occurred.