The Oklahoma Sooners struggled to beat Kansas on Saturday and the Sooners fell one spot to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25, released on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State fell to No. 15 after its first loss of the season, and Iowa State — which sent the Cowboys to that first defeat — returned to the AP Top 25 at No. 22. And, Baylor moved up four spots to No. 16, even though the Bears were off.
Oklahoma’s insane 35-23 win over Kansas certainly played a role in the Sooners’ drop. The Jayhawks grabbed an early lead in the game and took the Sooners to the wire. With the Sooners up 28-23 late, Sooners running back Kennedy Brooks was clearly stopped shy of the first down marker, but then quarterback Caleb Williams tore the ball out of Brooks’ hands and ran for a first down.
That play proved controversial and prompted the Big 12 to release a statement indicating why the play was legal. Takes on the play took off on social media, including one from NBC Rules Analyst Terry McAulay, a former NFL official, who explained why the Big 12 referees got the call wrong.
Regardless, the Sooners held on to win and remain undefeated and ranked in the Top 5.
The Cowboys fell to the Cyclones, 24-21, and that game had its own share of controversy. The Big 12 officials wiped out an Iowa State touchdown by receiver Xavier Hutchinson for unsportsmanlike conduct, a call that was widely ripped on social media. A video of the play that led to the call had more than 1.3 million views by Sunday afternoon.
A few plays later, Hutchinson scored anyway. But the Iowa State radio call of the unsportsmanlike conduct call is worth a listen.
The Cowboys were No. 8 last week and were hoping to continue their undefeated run into the Bedlam game next month against Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the Cyclones move back into the Top 25 and the two teams are tied for second place in the Big 12 with Baylor.
Next Saturday the entire Big 12 is in action, with Baylor hosting Texas, West Virginia hosting Iowa State, Oklahoma hosting Texas Tech, Kansas State hosting TCU and Oklahoma State hosting Kansas.
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