Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley on late Baylor Bears field goal – “I disagree with it”

Baylor fans were so excited that their No. 13 Bears beat No. 8 Oklahoma that they stormed the field twice.

Assuming the game was over, crowds of fans who were set up on walls waiting for the final seconds to tick the clock rushed the field, not realizing Baylor coach Dave Aranda called a break with three seconds left, up 24-14.

Aranda’s reasoning: He wanted to get extra points in case there was a tie between two-losing teams in the Big 12 title race, as a point difference between teams is the third tie in the league’s rules.

After a long delay, including the announcer begging fans to leave the field, Isaiah Hankins of the Bears added 32 yards as time expired for the 27-14 victory, and the fans ran back to the center of the field to celebrate.

On a day when the Sooners’ 17-game winning streak ended, and they were likely eliminated from the College Football Playoff race, none of that sat well with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.

“It became a safety issue,” Riley said. “I know why Dave tried to kick the field goal. I don’t agree with it. And I still think first of all that there’s a code of sportsmanship that I believe in. I wouldn’t have done it. But that’s his decision. That’s his football team. .As the officers don’t enforce a 15-yard penalty when you’ve probably got 5,000 people on the field, it’s unbelievable to me.It’s what it is.That’s his decision.That’s the officials ’decision.I don’t disagree with it . “

Aranda said he was considering the tiebreaker decision early in the week and decided when Kennedy Brooks scored on a 1-yard run with 2:26 left in the game that he wanted to try to add more points.

“We wanted to get back on the scoreboard to help with that difference,” he said. “You have some two-loss teams. We want to be in that position.”

Riley said he saw OU linebacker David Ugwoegbu “only get smoke-rushed by three guys” and sent the Oklahoma team to the locker room during the delay. He said he was considering telling all the players to leave without having anyone on the field for a final play.

“I did tell them that, and I don’t know, maybe I should do it,” Riley said. “You know, I just don’t think this situation has been handled well by a lot of people. Doing it with class is important to me. And at the end of the day, that’s why we decided to bring out 11 guys even though deeply I certainly didn’t want to.”

Aranda was told of Riley’s comments and said he could appreciate his perspective.

“I think he was upset,” Aranda said. “I can understand that. It’s an emotional game. I consider Lincoln a friend, so I imagine we’ll talk here pretty quickly.”

It was the end of a frustrating day around for Riley, whose offense had its worst performance ever under him. The Sooners had their fewest yards (260) and fewest points scored (14) since Riley arrived in Oklahoma as an offensive coordinator in 2015.

It’s only the second time the Sooners have been held to less than 300 yards below Riley. That, too, was against Aranda, in the Sooners’ 27-14 win over Baylor last year.

“They played better than us,” Riley said.

Riley tried a quarterback switch again to see if he could find a spark, benching Caleb Williams late in the third quarter for Spencer Rattler. To that point, Williams was 8-for-14 for 84 yards.

“We were just a little stale, honestly,” Riley said. “We had a little bit of tension there in the second quarter, again in the third quarter, where we had a few things there that [Williams] missed that he just usually doesn’t miss. Spencer, had a good week. So I went with Spencer. Again, you have to make those decisions in the heat of the moment. At that point, I felt like it was the right decision. “

Rattler went 4-of-6 for 36 yards on two drives. Both drives ended with Rattler being fired on a third down. Williams ‘rising Heisman candidacy ended and the Sooners’ final dreams died in a sea of ​​green-and-gold-clad fans in Waco.

But a seventh consecutive Big 12 title remains a goal.

“There’s still a lot left for this football team,” Riley said. “That’s the advantage of winning your first nine games is that you set yourself up to be able to win something like that, so [I’m] disappointed, obviously we have to overcome it, but it’s what it is. So we will bounce back as we always do and as we fully expect. “

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