Video: An emotional Paul Rhoads discusses the controversial loss
Paul Rhoads was not happy with the way Thursday night's loss to Texas ended, and video suggests he has every right to be.
In case you missed it, here's the situation he's referencing: trailing 30-24 with under a minute to go, Texas running back Johnathan Gray plunged toward the goal line on a first-and-goal from the Iowa State two-yard line. Gray was stopped short of the end zone and as landed in the pile, Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George ripped the ball from Gray's arms and started racing the other way. George clearly possessed the ball before Gray's knee hit the ground, but the call on the field ruled Gray down. The play went to review, and the call was confirmed. Texas scored two plays later and won the game, 31-30.
Hard as it is for me to say from my couch, but it sounds like the whistle isn't blown until George had the ball well in hand.
"To make a play on the one-yard line with their backs against the wall, clear to everybody and have it taken away from them, that's hard to express. You don't just put an arm around a guy and tell him it's okay when that happens to him," said a visibly upset Rhoads. "I'm so proud of the effort my kids gave to win this football game tonight.
"I've got pretty good eyesight," he said of the controversial play. "The view I had on that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a player that was not down and our guy with the football."
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