Lonhorns lucked out, Refs f’ed up the onsides call against Arkansas State

Coach: Big 12 admits missing call in Texas-Arkansas St.
Associated Press

Updated: September 5, 2007, 2:49 PM ET

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts says he was told by the Big 12 Conference’s supervisor of football officials that game officials wrongly overturned ASU’s recovery of an onside kick in the final minute of the No. 7 Longhorns 21-13 victory on Saturday.

“We got a confirmation [Tuesday] that they missed the call,” Roberts said.

The Indians were flagged with 56 seconds left in the game for an improper formation. Texas recovered a subsequent onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.

Roberts said the game film showed the Indians had enough players on both sides of the ball before the kick.

“There’s nothing you can do about it now,” Roberts said. “I don’t have a reaction because a reaction’s worthless.”

The Big 12 Conference said officials coordinator Walt Anderson was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.