Lincoln Riley wants you to know he strongly objected to Dave Aranda calling a time out with three seconds left in the game to kick a field goal with Baylor already up by ten on Oklahoma. Strongly:
“I know why Dave tried to kick the field goal. I don’t agree with it. And I still think above all else, there’s a code of sportsmanship that I believe in. I wouldn’t have done it. But that’s his decision, that’s his football team. How the officials don’t enforce a 15-yard penalty when you probably got 5,000 people on the field is unbelievable to me. It is what it is. That’s his decision. That’s the officials’ decision. I don’t agree with it.”
Did I mention he strongly objected?
Riley said he saw OU linebacker David Ugwoegbu “just get bum-rushed by three guys” and sent Oklahoma’s team to the locker room during the delay. He said he considered telling all the players to leave without having any on the field for a final play.
“I did tell them that, and I don’t know, maybe I should have done it,” Riley said. “You know, I just I don’t believe this situation was handled well by a lot of people. Doing it with class is important to me. And at the end of the day, that’s why we decided to bring 11 guys out even though deep down I damn sure didn’t want to.”
Class? In college football? Is that still a thing?
After the game, Aranda said he thought Riley was “upset”. Well, it’s certainly a convenient way to deflect from his team losing a game that knocked them out of CFP consideration.