Lots on controversy after this one was over. Early on, the Pokes jumped out to the 14-0 lead and it looked like they would blow out the Chippewas in Stillwater. Central Michigan’s defense managed to settle down and the offense got things rolling turning this one into a back and forth affair with an ending that left some questions. Late in the 4th quarter (4 seconds remaining in the game), Oklahoma State was facing a 4th down on CMU’s side of the field. Rather than punt or even run around for a few seconds and take a knee, Mike Gundy elected to send a play call in that I’m still scratching my head on. Mason Rudolph took the snap and immediately heaved the ball high out of bounds down the left sideline without waiting for any receiver to be in the area. The last four seconds ticked off the clock. The referees threw a flag for intentional grounding which comes with a loss of down at the spot where he threw the ball. During the course of the game, if a QB were to be called for this penalty on a 4th down (which this was), the loss of down portion of the penalty would result in turning the ball over to the other team. After a couple of minutes of discussion, the referees, decided to turn the ball over to Central Michigan at the spot of the foul (the CMU 49 yard line) and give them one untimed down. There was no screaming and yelling from Mike Gundy on the sideline at the time.
For the untimed down, CMU quarterback Cooper Rush took the snap, danced around for a few seconds, then heaved the ball downfield to the Oklahoma State 9 yard line where it was caught by Tight End, Jesse Kroll. Kroll promptly laterled the ball to Corey Willis at the 11 who then scampered across the field and managed to get into the end zone for the winning touchdown. There was a review of the play to make sure Willis go into the endzone when he got tangled up with a Poke defender at the goal line. During this brief period, the commentators were talking to Mike Pereira back in the studio and he commented that “they” (I assume some other rules gurus) were discussing it and they were of the opinion that, based on how the rules are written, the untimed down should have never been allowed to happen and the game should have been over regardless of the intentional grounding on 4th down.
The review confirmed that Willis did indeed get into the endzone and there was much rejoicing by Chippewas everywhere. They got a big win over a program from one of the Power 5 conferences and not much remains in front of them to prevent an undefeated season.
Then the grumbling started. It all comes down to how the rule Mike Pereira was talking about is worded: Rule 3, Section 2, Article 3.1 in the NCAA football rule book: “A period shall be extended for an untimed down if … a penalty is accepted for a live-ball foul(s). (Exception: Rule 10-2-5-a). The period is not extended if the foul is by the team in possession and the statement of the penalty includes loss of down.”
The referees apparently didn’t know the rule and, based on the lack of screaming their heads off at the time, no one on the Oklahoma State sideline knew it either.
There seem to be two schools of thought here, the play should be negated and Oklahoma State awarded the win and the other side: Let it stand – screw ups by refs happen all the time (see the Miami/Duke ending last year or the Arizona/Washington State ending). Oklahoma State themselves have benefitted from ref screw-ups – a first down given to the Pokes against KSU (that was clearly shot when they measured) allowing OSU to kneel away the win and the debacle of the bad call after bad call in Austin last year that helped the Cowboys pull off a late win against Texas.
There was even a front page editorial for the Oklahoma State newspaper calling for CMU to show integrity by giving the win back along with a rebuttal in a open letter to OSU that basically told them to stuff it.
My thoughts: Changing it now isn’t going to change what’s in anyone’s mind regarding the ending of the game. If they do change it and Oklahoma State runs the table, the talking heads on the sports networks will be of the opinion that OSU lost this game and had to be given a special dispensation and will use that as an argument against them getting into the playoff.
Mike Gundy himself has owned this one” “That’s a tough one. Just so everyone knows, I was the one who called the passing play,” he said. “To be honest with you, I never even thought of intentional grounding being called at that point in the game. As much time as we put into end-of-game situations, that never really crossed my mind. Unfortunately, that’s a difficult way to learn a hard lesson.” He also added, “Even if the officials handled it incorrectly, it was still a dumb call on my part, regardless.”
If Oklahoma State does run the table, which I think is a long shot based on their performance in this game, they’ll get their shot at the playoff even with this loss, Unless conference champs from the other four “Power 5” conferences are all undefeated.
Below this is the AJS version of the “Game cast” – it’s pretty rough and summarizes the drives. This was our first game cast, so they’ll likely evolve as we go along and you’ll see as the game progressed, I started jotting in the plays that were run (I did this early on, but deleted them before updating the game cast).
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, OK | Start Time: 12:00 PM Eastern | Line: Oklahoma State -19.5 O/U: 61.5
START OF GAME
QTR/Time: 1st/15:00 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-25 Total Yards: 29 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: We discover with the opening shot that my graphic above is incorrect at the Cowboys are wearing black and silver helmets with a Pistol Pete on the side.
Central Michigan won the toss and have chosen to defer. Cowboys will receive.
Kickoff results in a touchback.
Short passes and runs – not much happening. Biggest play was a pass interference on a deep ball down the middle that was badly under thrown by Rudolph. Drive stalled at the CMU 46. Punt – fair catch at the CMU 13.
QTR/Time: 1st/11:29 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU – 13 Total Yards: 8 Result: Punt
A couple of short plays – pass on 3rd and 2 knocked down. Punt to Oklahoma State – fair catch made at their own 33 where the Pokes take over.
QTR/Time: 1st/10:01 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU – 33 Total Yards: 22 yards Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Commentator just called Mike Gundy’s mullet an “Oklahoma Waterfall” – who knew?
Rudolph got sacked on the first play from scrimmage. Biggest play of the drive is a roughing the punter penalty keeping the drive alive. Pokes punt and fair catch by CMU at the 15.
QTR/Time: 1st/10:01 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-15 Total Yards: -1 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: 3 and out for the Chippewas. Net -1 yards. Not so much dominant defense by the Pokes, but bad offense.
QTR/Time: 1st/5:52 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-43 Total Yards: 57 Result: TOUCHDOWN
Commentary/Notes: Rudolph missed a wide-open receiver on the 2nd play from scrimmage deep down the middle, but then started hitting receivers. Culminated in a touchdown on a swing pass to the left to Jalen McCleskey who tip-toed down the sideline for a 26 yard TD.
QTR/Time: 1st/4:49 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-20 Total Yards: -2 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff returned to the 20 to start the drive. Drive begins with an offensive pass interference negating an 8 yard completion (push offs will do that). One dimensional from there – completed on swing pass to the right for 8 yards, but the screen pass attempt on 3rd and 12 was knocked down at the line by an o-lineman’s helmet. Punt to the OSU 37 and downed there.
Most Recent Drive Summary/Commentary
QTR/Time: 1st/3:10 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-37 Total Yards: 63 Result: TOUCHDOWN
Commentary/Notes: There was one attempt to run by Rudolph on an option play, but aside from that it was all passing all the time finishing off with an 18 yard TD pass over the middle to tight end Zac Veatch. Chippewa defense already looking gassed.
QTR/Time: 1st/2:23 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-21 Total Yards: 79 Result: TOUCHDOWN
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff returned to the 21. Central Michigan finally puts together a drive with Cooper Rush finding receivers all over the field. Finished it off with a 24 yard TD pass to the tight end, Tyler Conklin.
QTR/Time: 2nd/12:13 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-33 Total Yards: 31 Result: FIELD GOAL
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff is short – returned to the OSU 33. Pokes put together some good plays, but the drive stalled at the CMU 36 where Matt Ammendola came in and snuck a 53 yard field goal through the uprights.
Lateral left – 8 yds, run right – 7 yds, pass – right – dropped by Stoner, 2nd and 10, screen pass right – 11 yards, 1st and 10 – pass left flat – 1 yd, 2nd and 9 (CMU-40), draw for 4 tds, 3rd and 5 – pass – deep right – incomplete (underthrown) – Field goal – 53 yards – GOOD
QTR/Time: 2nd/9:25 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-35 Total Yards: 52 Result: FIELD GOAL
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff out of bounds – CMU starts at the 35. Chippewas put together another drive that got down inside the 5 before stalling. Cooper Rush muffed a snap on 3rd and goal from the 3 and they settled for a field goal.
1st and 10 – pass left – yds, 2nd and 3 – run right for 2 yds, 1st and 10 – pass right – 9 yards (Penalty – facemask on defense, tack on 15), 1st and 10 (OSU-25 yd line) – run middle – 4 yds, 2nd and 6 – pass – Cooper Rush scrambles for 10 yards and a 1st down, 1st and 10 – pass complete for yards to the 4 , 2nd and 2 – run middle – 1st and goal at the OSU 3 – run – no gain, 2nd and goal – pass right to Conklin – incomplete (knocked down by Sterns), 3rd and goal – TIMEOUT CMU. 3rd and goal – snap mis-handled – Cooper Rush falls on it for a loss of 5, Delay of game – CMU. 29 yard Field Goal attempt – GOOD
QTR/Time: 2nd/4:08 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-35 Total Yards: 5 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff out of bounds – drive starts at OSU 35. 3 and out. CMU defense came up big late in the 2nd quarter. Only managed to take off 35 seconds.
1st and 10 – delayed handoff – 5 yds, 2nd and 5 – pass overthrown incomplete, 3rd and 5 – pass – pressure from defense forces Mason Rudolph to throw it away. Punt – dropped, but recovered by CMU at the 11.
QTR/Time: 2nd/3:33 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-11 Total Yards: 32 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Started out looking like CMU was going to march down and get some kind of score, but the drive stalled at their own 43 and they ended up punting it away.
1st & 10 – run right – 7 yds (jet sweep), 2nd & 3 – pass right – low and complete for 3 yds, 1st & 10 – pass right for 18 yards, 1st & 10 (CMU-32) – pass left – 4 yds (1:41 left in the half), 2nd & 6 – pass right – complete – 2 yds (out of bounds – 1:17). 3rd & 4 – pass – deep middle – incomplete, 4th & 4 – Punt downed at the OSU 15.
QTR/Time: 2nd/0:59 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-25 Total Yards: 9 Result: End of half
Commentary/Notes: The pokes got a couple of good plays, but a sack with 25 second left lead to Gundy deciding to let the half run out
1st & 10 – pass right – incomplete Washington came down out of bounds, 2nd & 10 – delayed handoff to the right for 12 yards. 1st & 10 – pass left for 3 yds (out of bounds), 2nd & 7 – Rudolph SACKED by Ostman! Clock runs – HALFTIME!
QTR/Time: 3rd/15:00 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-25 Total Yards: 18 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Started with a good run by Spalding and stalled from there.
1st & 10 – run middle – 17 yards by Spalding, 1st & 10 – pass knocked down at the line, 2nd & 10 – run left for 1 yard, 3rd & 9 – pass – middle incomplete – Anthony Rice couldn’t hold on. 4th down – low line-drive punt – taken at the 20 – returned to the OkState 38.
QTR/Time: 3rd/13:21 Possession: OSU Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-38 Total Yards: 5 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Chippewa defense starting to turn it up. 3 and out for the pokes.
1st & 10 – Carson runs for a loss of 1, 2nd & 11 – pass left to Seals for 6 yds, 3rd & 5 – pass incomplete. 4th down punt – downed at the 11.
QTR/Time: 3rd/12:00 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-11 Total Yards: 89 Result: TOUCHDOWN
Commentary/Notes: 89 yard drive – sustained – lots of rest for the CMU defense. Tyler Conklin comes down with a tip drill in the endzone to tie the game at 17
1st & 10 – pass right incomplete (Rush pressured into bad throw), 2nd & 10 – WR screen left – 3 yds, 3rd & 7- pass middle – Ward gets a lot of yards after the catch – 17 yds, 1st & 10 (CMU-31) – Ward runs left – 5 yds, 2nd & 5 – run right – strung out and stopped for no gain, 3rd & 5 – pass – right to Conklin – 18 yards (lots of YAC), 1st & 10 (OSU 42) – Rush is sacked back at midfield, 2nd & 19 – pass – Crouch – 5 yds, 3rd & 14 – pass middle – lots of tip drill – no one comes up with it (penalty – roughing the passer against the Pokes – Tre Carter), 1st & 10 (OSU-31) – pass – Rush scrambles down to the 12 – 19 yard gain, 1st & 10 – run right – cuts back to the 8 – 4 yds, 2nd & 6 – pitch left – 3 yds for Hays, 3rd & 3 – TIMEOUT CMU, 3rd & 3 – pass right – tipped up – Tyler Conklin comes down with in for a TOUCHDOWN
QTR/Time: 3rd/5:16 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-25 Total Yards: 61 Result: FIELD GOAL
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff – touch back. Pokes roll out with some tempo and catch the Chippewa defense a bit flat-footed. The defense manages to settle down and the drive stalls at the CMU 14. OkState settles for a field goal to take the lead.
1st & 10 – delayed handoff up the middle – Hill runs for 5 yds, 2nd & 5 – run left – Justic Hill through a huge hole for 17 yards, 1st & 10 – tempo – pass left – McCleskey OB after 8 yds, 2nd & 2 (CMU45) – Pass- right – McCleskey gains 28, 1st & 10 – pass middle for Washington – tipped away by Coleman at the last second, 2nd & 10 (CMU12) – Carson runs right – loses 2, 3rd & 12 – pass right – incomplete in the endzone – intended for McCleskey. 4th down – 35 yd field goal attempt is good
QTR/Time: 3rd/2:58 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-25 Total Yards: 4 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff – touch back.Nothing doing on this drive as they Chippewas immediately have to play behind the chains after Cooper Rush gets sacked on 1st down. A 3 & out drive.
1st & 10 – Rush is sacked by Owens – loss of 9 yds, 2nd & 19 – pass left – Willis for 5 yds, 3rd & 14 – jailbreak screen right – 8 yds – 4th & 6 – punt taken at the OSU 26 by McCleskey – returned to the OSU 44
QTR/Time: 3rd/0:35 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-43 Total Yards: 16 Result: Punt
Commentary/Notes: One first down then NOTHING.
1st & 10 – pass – Rudolph scrambles for 7, 2nd & 3 (CMU49) – shuttle pass left to McCleskey to the 42, END OF 3RD QUARTER, 1st & 10 – pass right – incomplete – Ricketts breaks it up, 2nd & 10 – pass middle – badly overthrown incomplete, 3rd & 10 – pass – dumped off to Sanders – 1 yd, 4th & 9 – punt downed at the 5.
QTR/Time: 4th/14:00 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-5 Total Yards: 95 Result: TOUCHDOWN
Commentary/Notes: Suddenly the Chipps start hitting on deep passes??
1st & 10 – Hayes up the middle for no gain, 2nd & 10 – Hayes up the middle for 7, 3rd & 3 – pass left complete to Conklin for a 1st down do the 17, 1st & 10 – pass middle – complete to Conklin for 15 yards (penalty – deffensive holding – declined), 1st & 10 (CMU32) – Ward up the middle for no gain, 2nd & 10 – Spalding loses 3 yards on the hand-off, 3rd & 13 (TIMEOUT CMU), 3rd & 13 – pass middle deep – completel for 40 yards, 1st & 10 (OSU31) – pass middle – lobbed to Spalding at the 1 – TOUCHDOWN CMU!
QTR/Time: 4th/9:40 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-25 Total Yards: 70 Result: INTERCEPTION
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff – Touchback. Lots of tempo from OkState again and driving right down the field. Then on 1st & Goal from the five, Rudolph’s accuracy goes haywire as he throws a fade pass, but it goes inside and Josh Cox comes up with it in the endzone for CMU
1st & 10 – pass middle – complete to Seales for 17 yards, 1st & 10 – pass left – Seales – 11 yds, 1st & 10 – pass dumped right to Carson – 12 yards, 1st & 10 – pass left to McCleskey forced out after 10 yards, 1st & 10 (CMU25) – run left for 1 yard, 2nd & 9 – Rudolph sacked for a loss of 6, 3rd & 15 – pass lobbed left incomplete (penalty – pass interference defense – 1st down), 1st & 10 (CMU16) – (Penalty – false start), 1st & 15 – pass left to Lacy – 7 yds, 2nd & 8 – pass left to Carson – 9 yds, 1st & goal at the 5 – pass left – INTERCEPTION IN THE ENDZONE BY JOSH COX!
QTR/Time: 4th/6:33 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-20 Total Yards: 0 Result: FUMBLE
1ST & 10 – Spalding runs left and loses the ball. Recovered by Oklahoma State and returned to the 11
QTR/Time: 4th/6:25 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-11 Total Yards: 11 Result: TOUCHDOWN
Commentary/Notes: 4 plays capped by Stoner coming in with a shovel pass/jet sweep to Washington for a TD
.1st & 10 – Carson up the middle for 5 yds, 2nd & 5 – fade pass to the right – incomplete, 3rd & 5 – Rudolph runs a QB draw to the 1 1/2 (measurement – he’s a half yard short), 4th & 1 – going for it – TIMEOUT OKSTATE, 4th & 1 – Washington on the jet sweep left for a TOUCHDOWN!
QTR/Time: 4th/5:12 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-26 Total Yards: 14 Result: INTERCEPTION
Commentary/Notes: Kickoff returned to the CMU 26. 2 completions, 1 run and an interception (Cooper Rush’s first mistake of the game is a costly one.
1st & 10 – pass right – 7 yards, 2nd & 3 – delayed handoff up the middle to Spalding – loss of 2, 3rd & 5 – pass right to Spalding for 9 yds, 1st & 10 – pass right – INTERCEPTED BY RICHARDS AT THE OSU 45!
QTR/Time: 4th/3:10 Possession: OkState Beginning Yard Marker: OSU-45 Total Yards: 6 Result: Turned over on downs after penalty
Commentary/Notes: BONEHEAD decision in an effort to run out the clock on 4th down results in 1 untimed down for CMU from midfield.
1st & 10 – Carson runs left for loss of 1, (TIMEOUT CMU), 2ND & 11 – dump off pass to Carson to the right – 18 yds, 1st & 10 (CMU38) – Childs up the middle for 1 yd, 2nd & 9 (TIMEOUT OSU), 2nd & 9 – Rudolph takes a knee – 2 yard loss, 3rd & 11 – Rudolph kneels – 2 yard loss, 4th & 13 (TIMEOUT OSU), 4TH & 13 – Rudolph throws it away deep to run out the clock – (Penalty – intentional grounding – in the pocket and no receiver in the area – loss of down – CMU’s ball at the CMU 49 – 1 untimed down to come)
QTR/Time: 4th/0:00 Possession: CMU Beginning Yard Marker: CMU-49 Total Yards: 51 Result: TOUCHDOWN!
Commentary/Notes: Untimed down – Cooper Rush heaves a pass deep down to the 9 where it’s caught by Kroll who immediately pitched it back to Corey Willis who runs left for the TOUCHDOWN! CHIPPEWAS WIN!
END OF GAME!