Monday, November 06, 2006
Did Sooners Cheat? You Betcha!
If you haven't figured it out by now, we're in a snarly mood today. Next on our list: The Oklahoma Sooners. We now have the evidence to prove that the Sooners cheated. First, let's explain what happened. Oklahoma was leading Texas A&M, 17-16, and the Sooners faced a fourth-and-one situation from their 29 with 1:29 left. Now rather than do the logical thing and punt, coach Bob Stoops went for the first down. This really got us on the edge of our seat, because failing to get the yard would mean the Aggies would get the ball in field goal range. Basically, a gift-wrapped victory. Now Stoops had to think twice about this. He called a timeout just before the Sooners snapped the ball on their first try. When his unit returned to the field, quarterback Paul Thompson ran a quarterback sneak and after being stopped initially, he "surged" forward to get the yard. However, Thompson got a little help on the play from his fullback, who shoved the quarterback ahead much like Reggie Bush did to Matt Leinart in USC's victory over Notre Dame last season, the famed "Bush Push" that we first reported here. When we heard there was a flag on the field, we initially thought that somebody was actually going to call an infraction on the Sooners. Turns out, the Aggies — famous for the 12th man — actually had 12 men on the field! How in the name of Dennis Franchione can you screw that up? ... But here is the rule once again about helping a runner, in case any officials happen to stop by today: Rule 9, Section 3, Article 2B states: "The runner shall not grasp a teammate; and no other player of his team shall grasp, push, lift or charge into him to assist him in forward progress." The penalty for such an infraction is five yards from the basic spot. We should have had offsetting penalties on the play. Also of note: Analyst Bob Davie even mentioned "the Bush Push" on the first fourth-down try, the no-play because Stoops called his timeout. As they say, it's only cheating if you get caught, and Stoops had his fullback push Thompson twice. The second time is even more blatant than the first.
Posted by dawizofodds at 1:31 AM