Big 12 disputes newspaper report

Updated: October 4, 2012, 5:31 PM ET
By David Ubben | ESPN.com

The Big 12 is disputing a newspaper report that its coordinator of officials "apologized profusely" to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy following a blown call in Saturday's 41-36 loss to Texas.

"Reports that the Big 12 acknowledged a blown call and issued an apology to Oklahoma State are inaccurate," the Big 12 tweeted on Wednesday.

A Big 12 spokesman declined further comment on the matter when contacted by ESPN.com.

According to the report in The Oklahoman, Walt Anderson told Gundy that head linesman Brad Edwards signaled a touchdown too soon without a proper view of the ball on the play that put the Longhorns ahead. Texas running back Joe Bergeron fumbled, and the question was whether it happened before he crossed the goal line.

Edwards was on the Texas side of the goal line and sprinted into the pile to signal that Bergeron had scored. Replay officials reviewed the play and confirmed the call, despite Oklahoma State safety Daytawion Lowe reaching into the pile and recovering the fumble.

A Big 12 source told The Oklahoman that the replay decision was correct, however, because there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the play. As Edwards signaled for a touchdown, Lowe argued with umpire Scott Teifer while holding the football.

An officiating source told the paper that once the ball gets lost in the pile, clear recovery goes away. To earn possession, Oklahoma State would have had to demonstrate clear recovery.

The loss dropped Oklahoma State to 2-2 and improved Texas to 4-0. The Longhorns are 1-0 in Big 12 play, and Oklahoma State dropped to 0-1.

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