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A phone call from Oregon coach Mike
Bellotti was nice, but it did absolutely nothing to soothe Oklahoma
coach Bob Stoops over an incorrect officials' ruling that likely
cost his team a victory over the Ducks.
"He just apologized and said that it's unfortunate that the two of us have got to be in the middle of it," Stoops said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "I said, 'Well, you didn't do anything wrong but play hard, and that's the same thing we were trying to do.'"
Stoops still was speaking out after Saturday night's 34-33 loss in Eugene, Ore., a game in which a blown call on an onside kick led to Oregon's winning touchdown in the final minute.
Bellotti told Stoops when officials determine the outcome it's not good for either team.
"And I can understand their frustration," Bellotti said.
Stoops said he was addressing the issue "for the last time" so his 17th-ranked Sooners (2-1) could get ready to play Middle Tennessee.
"I've said all this in this way because I feel the right to stand up for my football players," he said. "I'm not sitting up here, me babying or whining about it."
Sooners quarterback Paul Thompson said the team still feels "like we got a win that was taken from us."
"You're glad that they understand what they did, and what they did was wrong, but at the same time, it really doesn't affect much. That was a big mistake, and you can't really do much to change that," Thompson said. "We accept the apology, but it doesn't do much in the way of changing things."
-- The Associated Press
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