Following his team’s 31-30 loss to the Texas Longhorns on Thursday night, Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhodes ripped into the officiating crew for blowing a game-changing fumble call late in the fourth quarter.
The controversial play occurred on a first-and-goal run from the 3 by Texas running back Jonathan Gray. As Gray battled for extra yards against a sea of Iowa State defenders, the balls was stripped from him by linebacker Jeremiah George. George then took off down the field for what would have been the game-clinching touchdown, but the officials blew the play dead, saying Gray’s forward progress had been stopped before the fumble. After a review, the call on the field was upheld. Texas scored two plays later. (Deadspin has a high-resolution video of the play for those interested.)
Clearly unhappy with having victory snatched away from his squad, here’s what Rhodes had to say after the game:
Yeah…I’d say he isn’t pleased.
The Cyclones are now 1-3 on the season. The Texas Longhorns improved to 3-2 and are undefeated in conference play.
[Source: The Des Moines Register]