Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads Goes Off on Big 12 Officials

With under a minute to play it appeared Texas fumbled going in for a touchdown. 

After instant replay review on whether or not Texas was down by contact, Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads went off on officials. 

These comments are as strong as any I have ever seen about a blown call. 

“To make a play on the one yard line, with their backs against the wall, it was clear to everybody, and have it taken away from them, that’s hard to express!

You don’t just put an arm around a guy and tell him it’s okay when that happens to him!”

He continued.

“I’ve got pretty good eyesight and the view I had of that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a player that was not down and our guy with the football!”

We’re the least penalized team in the league coming in to this game, sure seemed to be a lot of hankies on the field tonight. I’m sure they made tremendous calls all night long in regard to that.”


This open is amazing.

Here you go. 


The perception, fair or foul, is that the rules don’t apply equally to Texas in the Big 12. 

This will do nothing to dispell that notion. 

In fact, former Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne also Tweeted, “Watched it happen too many times. When tu needs a call, they get it. Clearly a fumble. Call goes for tu.” 

What started all these shenanigans?

This play. 

What’s the correct call? Fox’s Mike Pereira, who you should definitely follow on Twitter, just sent out these two Tweets. 

“Back to Texas, the referee clearly stated the ruling was down by contact. If the ball was out before his right leg hit, it is a fumble.

And if it was a fumble, then there was a clear recovery and the ruling should have been reversed. I just can’t tell on youtube video.”


Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.