It’s currently halftime in Austin, and Texas leads Baylor 23-10. However, it was a completely different game just a few minutes ago before a controversial call changed everything.
With just under three minutes left in the half, as Texas was hanging on to a 3-point lead, Baylor picked off Shane Buechele in the end zone for the touchback, or so everyone thought. The pick was ruled incomplete by the back judge. Upon replay, it looks like corner Jameson Houston not only maintains possession all the way through the catch, the ball doesn’t appear to even touch the ground. Even if it did though, touching the ground doesn’t necessarily negate the catch as long as the receiver keeps control of the ball. However, inexplicable, the incomplete pass was confirmed upon replay.
I give up, I don’t know what a catch is anymore.
The Longhorns punched the ball in five plays later to take a 20-10 lead. Texas then capitalized on an interception of their own, and Cameron “The Kicker” Dicker punched through a 47-yard field goal before the end of the half to extend the Longhorn’s lead to 23-10.
Bad calls happen. It’s part of the game. With that said, it’s always hard see a “bad” call change the course of a game. Let’s be clear though, Baylor has every opportunity to come back and win this game, and if they don’t, it’s not because of the last two minutes of the first half.
It’s a controversial call though, and the reaction on Twitter has been strong.
That’s an interception for Baylor. This is the problem I have with replay: If you slow video down to hundredths of seconds the ball is enevitably going to move a little. It always has in the history of football, only now we can slow it down. Brutal call for Baylor.
— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 13, 2018
That is 100% an interception!!!!!!
— BearsIllustrated.com (@BaylorBears247) October 13, 2018
Definitely a catch….🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️
— #WVU (@tweber912) October 13, 2018
Wow. They just ROBBED Baylor’s DB of an unbelievable interception! Smh terrible officiating
— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) October 13, 2018
— The Life of Bryan (@NVSooner) October 13, 2018
Refs just stole an interception for Baylor even after a review smh
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) October 13, 2018
— Chad Taylor (@ctaylorwv11) October 13, 2018
— syd (@SydneyCarton1) October 13, 2018
This is an INT, no idea what the officials were looking at https://t.co/lpP4pwjwkF
— DanielRoss_Sports (@DanielRoss_LGG) October 13, 2018
Today's officiating across the board has been trash https://t.co/VPOJD9BYXw
— Hudson Senter (@OUsoonerfan11) October 13, 2018
I give you Exhibit A to my continual theory that all refs in the Big 12 are trash. https://t.co/wuX00QN38E
— Chase Palmer (@maverickbear) October 13, 2018