OU still upset by bad call, loss


The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. – A phone call from Oregon coach Mike Bellotti was nice, but it still did not soothe Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops over an incorrect officials’ ruling that likely cost his team a victory over the Ducks.

“He just apologized and said that it’s unfortunate that the two of us have got to be in the middle of it,” Stoops said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “I said, ‘Well, you didn’t do anything wrong but play hard, and that’s the same thing we were trying to do.'”

Stoops still was speaking out after Saturday night’s 34-33 loss in Eugene, Ore., a game in which a call on an onside kick led to Oregon’s winning touchdown in the final minute.

The Pacific-10 Conference admitted Monday an Oregon player touched the onside kick before it traveled the required 10 yards, and, therefore, possession should have been awarded to Oklahoma. The league suspended the responsible officials for one game, and commissioner Tom Hansen apologized for the mistake.

Had Oklahoma been given the ball, the offense could have run out the clock for a 33-27 win.

At Oregon, Bellotti said some might view the win as tainted.

“I feel very fortunate for us to have won that football game, not for the officials’ errors, but for how our team played,” Bellotti said. “We were lucky, we made plays and we never gave up. It’s unfortunate that any team had to lose, or the efforts of my players are questioned, because of officials’ errors.”

Stoops said he was addressing the issue “for the last time” so his 17th-ranked Sooners (2-1) could get ready to play Middle Tennessee.