Why did OSU Throw the Ball Away as Time Expired?
Oklahoma State’s play-calling as the clock wound down on Saturday may have ultimately cost them the game.As the clock expired on fourth down, Mason Rudolph hurled a hail mary to the open field, and OSU won 27-24.Except OSU was penalized on the play for intentional grounding, which left Central Michigan with an untimed down…and the rest is history.But why did that happen? Mike Gundy’s been in a similar situation before — why not run around for four seconds? Remember this game against A&M, when you just let Justin Blackmon run around? Oklahoma State could have done the exact play, they had two points to give. Instead, they tossed the ball down field like the end of a hoops game and opened an opportunity that lead to their first loss of the season.“Everybody is going to be really mad at me for a long time, and I’m going to be mad at myself for a long time,” said Gundy in the postgame. “I should have done a better job of preparing and thinking that through. I’ll be real honest, it never crossed my mind. We’ve practiced it for years, and nobody ever said, “hey, there’s not a receiver in the area. I wouldn’t change anything we did up until we threw the ball.”It’s a rule that Mike Gundy either wasn’t familiar with, or perhaps wasn’t necessarily a rule that played against OSU. Whatever the case, it’s a tough pill to swallow for OSU who came in today as a big favorite.“I told the team, ‘that part is on me because I was the one that made the call.’ It’s a difficult way to learn a hard lesson.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!