Remember when Oklahoma State lost to Central Michigan last year on a botched technicality? Cowboys coach Mike Gundy does, and is bent on not having something like that happen again.
To recap: Oklahoma State was leading CMU, 27-24, with four seconds left in the game. The Cowboys had a fourth down and were given a flag for intentional grounding, turning the ball over to Central Michigan. But the officiating crews should not have given the Chippewas an untimed down since the penalty included a loss of down. Essentially, the clock was out and the game should have been over.
Of course, Central Michigan threw a Hail Mary touchdown pass that gave the Chippewas the victoryand left Gundy stunned.
“I’ll tell you what we have thought about. We’ve thought about trying to find somebody that is an expert on the rules and have them with us during games for that reason," Gundy told The Oklahoman . "What’s funny is that, as proven during the Central Michigan game, a lot of times the officials don’t even know the rules because there are so many of them."
Would an unbiased rules expert help? Given the art of instant replay, another Central Michigan situation probably wouldn't be that common. But it could give coaches peace of mind knowing they have someone to fairly look over the rules.
Even if Gundy doesn't go that route, he has another idea in mind should a similar situation arise.
“I should have taken my shirt off and laid on the field and said we’re not playing anymore until we know for sure, but I thought I already had enough issues with things I have done in the past so I was going to be a nice guy,” Gundy said. “It cost me a game."