Paul Rhoads Gives Rousing Postgame Comments Following Screwjob From Big 12 Refs

By Andrew Fisher
Paul Rhoads
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The Iowa State Cyclones came into Thursday night’s game against the Texas Longhorns needing a win to get back to .500 on the year. ISU’s season started out on a rough note with two home losses to in-state rivals Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. The Cyclones were able to rebound last week on the road against Tulsa to set themselves up for a chance to even their record against Texas on Thursday night football.

After a hard fought battle that went back-and-forth, the ISU/Texas game essentially came down to a goal line stand. The Longhorns had marched the ball down the field and had the Cyclones backed up to their one yard line. Then, one of the most controversial plays of the college football season went down.

Here’s a look for those that haven’t seen it yet:

As you can see, Texas clearly fumbled the football. ISU should have gotten the ball back and been able to run out the clock en route to their second win of the season. Instead, the referees blew the call and the Cyclones became the latest team to get screwed this season.

ISU head coach Paul Rhoads was obviously not happy with the way the game ended. Rhoads is known for his ability to rally players with his speeches, so when he took to the mic at the postgame press conference, he uncorked all his frustration:

I loved these comments. He used passion and drew attention to how much he was disappointed that his players’ efforts went unrewarded. He could have taken a bunch of shots at the incompetent refs, but he didn’t.

The referring in college football appears to have hit an all-time low. This blown call by the Big 12 is almost as bad as the Pac 12 crew’s actions that screwed Wisconsin last month.


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