Best explanation of the officials FUCKING UP

The onside kick wrought a series of officiating errors, followed by a botched replay review.

First, Oregon’s Brian Paysinger appeared to touch the football before it had traveled the necessary 10 yards and also collided with OU’s Malcolm Kelly.

“I touched it first,” Paysinger said, “but I wasn’t able to grab it.”

More condemning of the video review process was the fact that the football bounced through the pileup of players and was recovered by Oklahoma’s Allen Patrick behind the pile. Oregon never had possession of the ball.

“Our guy that had the football said, ‘Coach, the ball was laying on the ground and I grabbed it. I didn’t take it away from anybody,’ ” Stoops said. “Allen Patrick comes up with the football. . . . I asked (for) it to be reviewed. They reviewed it, but I couldn’t tell you — they would have to explain what they saw.”

A review of the play shows the ball was never recovered by Oregon’s Patrick Chung, as he claimed after the game. The game’s official statistics don’t credit any player with the recovery.

A replay showed that Paysinger touched the ball with his left hand. He appeared to be just 9 yards from where the ball was kicked, which would be a penalty. After the football bounced through the pileup, it squirted out from under OU’s Juaquin Iglesias. Patrick fell on it, rolled over, got up and walked away from the pileup. OU’s Keenan Clayton saw Patrick had the ball and signaled first down for the Sooners. But as Patrick walked away, officials scrambled around the pileup looking for the football, apparently never seeing Patrick obtain possession.

Referee David Cutaia announced only that replay confirmed a member of the receiving team had touched the ball, not clarifying who, when or where.

“My argument to them was that you are not to be contested inside of 10 yards,” said Stoops. “I felt (Kelly) was run into inside of 10 yards. I haven’t seen that.”

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