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Les Miles is Asking the Big 12 to Look at Texas Clock Operation on Final Drive

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The Longhorns were nearly upset by the Kansas Jayhawks in Austin on Saturday night. And despite the loss, Kansas head coach Les Miles admits he’s asking the Big 12 Conference to look into the final drive for Texas and the handling of the clock.

Here’s what happened: With Texas trailing 48-47 in the final minute of regulation, on third-and-6, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger scrambled eight yards for a first down and the clock stopped to reset the chains.


In this case, the game clock is supposed to restart on the official’s signal, but instead, it restarted after Ehlinger called for the snap, which by the human count was 11 seconds after the signal.

Here’s a look at the play in question:

Les Miles said on Monday afternoon, “We’ll turn it in [the tape]. We’ll see what they say.”

The head coach went on the add, “There’s been other conferences I’ve been involved in. It seems like the hometown clock guy can sometimes quickly move the clock along sometimes inappropriately or sometimes hold the clock and not get it started when the play has started. So I think they’ll have a look at that. We’ll see what they say.

Texas went on to run a 10-play drive in that 1:11, and the result was Cameron Dicker’s game-winning field goal as the final seconds ticked away.

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