EYE-OPENING STAT ON BIG 12 OFFICIATING CREW

In the past two seasons, the Big 12 crew that called the Texas-Oklahoma State game has thrown more flags against UT - after calling two Longhorns' games - than a Big 12 crew that has called five Texas games in the same span.

In 14 games offciated by Big 12 crews since Charlie Strong took over at Texas, one crew (headed by referee Alan Eck, whose crew did the Texas-Oklahoma State game Saturday) has averaged 13.5 flags per game against the Longhorns while all the other Big 12 crews have averaged 5.6 flags per game against Texas.

The Big 12 crew led by referee Mike Defee has done FIVE Texas games since Strong has been coach and has thrown 25 flags against Texas (for 257 yards) and 29 against opponents (for 206 yards).

The Big 12 crew led by Eck has done TWO Texas games while Strong has been coach, and thrown 27 flags against UT (for 213 yards) and 10 against opponents (for 60 yards). Those totals include the 16 flags for 128 yards thrown against Texas Saturday and the 7 flags against Ok State for 40 yards.

The Cowboys defeated Texas 30-27 on a field goal with six seconds left.

Eleven of the 16 flags thrown against Texas were considered "judgment" penalties, by the Big 12's own interpretation, with five being rules infractions before a play began (such as delay of game, false start, offsides, etc).

An unsportsmanlike conduct flag thrown by line judge Kelly Deterding on Charlie Strong helped move OSU into field-goal range to tie the game at 27-27 with 1:33 left. That flag has drawn considerable attention from football observers across the country, including former Oklahoma running back Spencer Tillman of CBS, who said he thinks that flag involved racism.

Joel Klatt of Fox Sports said on Twitter after the Texas-Oklahoma State game Eck's crew should be "reprimanded and suspended a game ... worst officiated game I've seen in 10 years."

The other Texas game Eck's crew officiated was last year's Red River Shootout in which Texas was flagged 11 times for 85 yards while OU was flagged three times for 20 yards. The Sooners won the game 31-26.

The only other Big 12 crews that have done at least two Texas games since Strong has taken over as coach are the crews led by referees Reggie Smith and Rick Loumiet.

In those games, Smith's crew threw 11 flags against Texas (for 94 yards) and 15 flags against opponents (for 165 yards). Loumiet's crew threw 10 flags against Texas (for 79 yards) and 12 flags against opponents (for 111 yards).

So Eck's crew has thrown more flags against Texas in TWO games than a crew that has done five Texas games. And Eck's crew threw more than double the number of flags against Texas when compared to the only other Big 12 crews that have done at least two Texas games.

Eck's crew also officiated the Baylor-West Virginia game in Morgantown last season in which 32 flags were thrown. BU was flagged 18 times for 215 yards and WVU was flagged 14 times for 138 yards in the Mountaineers' 41-27 victory (Baylor's only regular-season loss).

I'm still waiting on a call back from Walt Anderson, coordinator of Big 12 officials.

 

 


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