Lincoln Riley said that Dave Aranda broke a “code of sportsmanship” by having his Baylor Bears kick a field on the final play of their 27-14 win over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Riley and the Sooners absorbed their first loss of the season in Waco, but still control their destiny when it comes to reaching the Big 12 Championship game next month.
But Riley was unhappy with a couple of things that happened late in their loss to Baylor, per The Athletic’s Jason Kersey.
Lincoln Riley said he was upset that Baylor wasn’t assessed a 15-yard penalty for the field rushing. He also said he understands why Dave Aranda kicked the FG, but said he wouldn’t have done it and that it goes against a “code of sportsmanship”
Baylor took a time out with three seconds left to set up the field goal. Aranda said later that the Bears took the field goal for Big 12 tie-breaker purposes. Point-differential between teams is the third tiebreaker and entering the day the Bears were tied for third place in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Baylor is still alive for a Big 12 Championship game berth.
But, Baylor’s fans didn’t notice that there was time on the clock after Aranda’s time out, so they stormed the field. At that point, Riley sent his players to the locker room and spent considerable time yelling at officials while fans were celebrating. It took game officials a few minutes to get the field cleared so that the Bears could kick their field goal.
Riley said after the game that he received no explanation as to why the Bears were not assessed a delay of game penalty for storming the field. That call, which would have been a 15-yard penalty, would have made the field goal much more difficult. It would have been a 47-yarder as opposed to the 32-yarder.
While the Sooners (9-1, 6-1 in Big 12) still control their own destiny for the Big 12 Championship game, the Bears (8-2, 5-2) do not, though Saturday’s win keeps them in the hunt.
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