The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry is known throughout collegiate sports as the Bedlam series. For three critical plays in the first half of this 103rd meeting between the Sooners and Cowboys' football teams, the moniker certainly applied.
Oklahoma State had the early momentum in this contest and seemed ready to capitalize on it with forced fumbles on back to back plays in the first quarter. On each play, Sooner receivers caught the pass, took two steps and had the ball forcibly removed from their hands. Both plays would have given the Cowboys the ball in Sooner territory. The Sooners, however, retained possession after both plays. Then, only moments into the second quarter, Sooner running back DeMarco Murray appeared to soar out of bounds as he leapt towards the endzone.
The first play, which came on second down, was initially ruled a fumble by wide receiver Dejuan Miller, with the Cowboys recovering the ball. The play was shockingly reversed by the booth. Soon after, a pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles was called incomplete immediately, though replay proved that Broyles caught the pass and had the ball forced out. With the whistle having been blown immediately, the Cowboy contigent running down the field was stopped.
Allowed an opportunity to punt, the Sooners took great advantage, as Trent Way booted a career-long 74 yarder, dropping the Cowboys back to their own 7-yard line.
On Murray's touchdown -- which gave the Sooners a 10-0 lead, the referee appeared ready to mark the ball at the one, but changed his mind and ruled the play a touchdown. Though the replay cleary showed Murray was at least a yard out of bounds as he crossed the endzone, the booth ruled the play should stand as called.
Talk about your home-field advantage...
With a victory over the Sooners, Oklahoma State still has a chance for at an-large berth in a BCS game. The Sooners, on the other hand, at 6-5, are fighting to keep Bob Stoops' string of non-losing seasons intact.
Considering the great ramifications of this game, one would hope better officiating will ensue.