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Interview With MAC Referee Tim O'Dey

The interview with referee Tim O'Dey from the Mid-American Conference following the controversial ending to Central Michigan's 30-27 upset of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

STILLWATER – Below is the full transcript of an interview with referee Tim O’Dey after the Sept. 10, 2016 football game played between Central Michigan and Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The pool reporter was Berry Tramel from The Oklahoman newspaper.

Q: On the extension of the game – we’ve always heard that the game can’t end on a defensive penalty. What’s the rule that extends the game on an offensive penalty?

A: There’s a rule that says that the game cannot end on an accepted live ball foul. That’s the rule. There’s an exception to the rule that says if enforcement of the foul involves a loss of down, then that brings the game to an end. So in that situation, we’ve had the opportunity to run it back through our hierarchy, which includes the national rules editor, and he confirmed that should have been a loss of down and the end of the game at that point, so that extension should not have happened.

Q: So it’s not the offense or defense – it’s the loss of down?

A: The accepted live ball foul will extend any period, unless there is an exception that applies to that rule, and there’s an exception which applies to a loss of down foul, which intentional grounding is a loss of down foul. If the penalty statement includes the statement ‘loss of down’ then the game ends on that play.

Q: It was a loss of down. I think you announced it as a loss of down, even.

A: (no verbal answer, but nods head yes)

Q: Okay.

Q: So what you’re saying is that the game should have ended and it should not have been Central Michigan’s ball, just to be clear.

A: That is the interpretation from the rules editor – the national rules editor, yes.

Q: Who is the national rules editor?

A: Rogers Redding.

Q: What’s the next step?

A: I’m not at liberty to make any further statement as far as that. That falls outside of my jurisdiction.

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