Kansas shocked Texas 57-56 in overtime Saturday night in Austin. The Jayhawks’ winning scoring game seemed to be helped by a missed call from the Big 12 umpires.
Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels found freshman full-back Jared Casey in the end zone for the 2-point winning conversion, but only after Texan rusher Ovie Oghoufo was held back by Jayhawks tackle Bryce Cabeldue, which allowed Daniels to climb out of the pocket and take the shot under pressure.
The referee was closest to the game, but he didn’t throw the flag.
ESPN’s upper zone playing angle makes it clear that Cabeldue grabbed Oghoufo by the right shoulder and turned him around. A 10-yard maintenance penalty would have forced Kansas to try again (with a kick or scrimmage play) from 13.
And while the missed call will draw the most attention, it should also be noted that a Texas penalty in the previous series gave the Jayhawks an extra short field for their series.
Longhorns receiver Marcus Washington was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for spinning the ball after a touchdown reception of the tie on Texas OT possession. The penalty was half the distance to the goal, meaning Kansas were able to start their overtime from Texas 12.
Four plays later, Devin Neal ran 2 yards for a touchdown to reduce the Longhorns lead to 56-55. Then came the fateful 2-point game.
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The Jayhawks (2-8, 1-6 Big 12) played a relatively clean game based on penalties. They were reported four times for 30 yards. Texas (4-6, 2-5) made 10 penalties for 97 yards.