NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) - Middle Tennessee will be facing an
angry Oklahoma team this weekend.
After absorbing a controversial loss, the 17th-ranked Sooners
hosts the Blue Raiders on Saturday.
Last week, the Sooners (2-1) gave up two touchdowns in the final
72 seconds and Garrett Hartley had a go-ahead 44-yard
field-goal attempt blocked in a 34-33 defeat at Oregon.
However, the second touchdown came after Oregon recovered an
onside kick that did not travel the requisite 10 yards.
Oklahoma challenged the call, but it was upheld following a
On Monday, the Pac-10 Conference suspended the officiating crew
and video reviewers one game for their actions. That did not
satisfy Sooners coach Bob Stoops, whose team's BCS bowl
aspirations took a hit.
"I find it still absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable, in
particular (the) people who had an opportunity to review it all
and look at it and get it right," Stoops said. "They chose not
to. You discern whether a one-game suspension is appropriate
for those individuals.
"I'm not talking about people in the heat of the moment out
there in the middle of the chaos. I'm talking about people who,
like every viewer at home, had an opportunity to see it. It's
not for me to decide what is appropriate, but I think it's fair
to say that a one-game suspension compared to the way our season
now is altered, I don't know if that fits the situation."
In the defeat, Sooners Heisman Trophy candidate Adrian Peterson
rushed for 211 yards, including 145 in the fourth quarter.
Sun Belt Conference squad Middle Tennessee (2-1) is coming off a
44-0 victory over Division I-AA Tennessee Tech last weekend.
Clint Marks threw a pair of touchdowns for the Blue Raiders, who
held just a 3-0 lead at the break.
The teams will be meeting for the first time. Oklahoma is 8-0
all-time against Sun Belt opponents.
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No truth to the rumor that the Blue Raiders requested a Pac-10 officiating crew this weekend. Even that may not be enough to stop Adrian Peterson, who ripped off 145 fourth-quarter yards last Saturday at Oregon.