With Texas Longhorns fans in an uproar after numerous questionable calls helped determine the outcome of Saturday's last-second loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Big 12 supervisor of officials Walt Anderson addressed the perceived issues with Alan Eck's crew on Monday evening.
"There were a lot of things that did happen in the game," Anderson told the Dallas Morning News Monday after reviewing the game.
"It was a tough game to work from an officiating standpoint. Overall, I was pleased with the way the guys worked. Three were a few mistakes -- and I emphasize a few -- and you want to learn from them."
While it's not the outright apology that many fans would prefer, it's no small things that he was willing to admit that the officials didn't get everything right in the game.
And though Anderson was not willing to identify any of the specific mistakes made by the crew, which included a former Texas A&M football player, he did take some time to explain the rules about defensive holding and unsportsmanlike penalties on coaches, two of the calls with which fans have had the most issues:
Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson on handling unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches pic.twitter.com/Akiazu8KSv— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 29, 2015
Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson explains defensive holding penalties on run plays pic.twitter.com/N9JMTOfAMR— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 29, 2015
So, here's the defensive holding penalty called on Texas sophomore defensive tackle Poona Ford:
Here's the bizarre defensive holding call again. Watch 95 get double teamed, flagged for nothing. pic.twitter.com/hBA0NPHumx— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 27, 2015
While he does briefly grab a handful of an opposing lineman's jersey, it doesn't seem to meet the standard of "visible material restriction."
The unsatisfactory explanations sparked a flurry of sarcastic tweets:
#WaltAndersonOn Gettysburg, "There were some casualties."— Beardly Beardman (@BeardlyBeardman) September 29, 2015
#WaltAndersonOn Sept. 11: "Buildings may have been damaged."— Hannah Frost (@hannahbfrost) September 29, 2015
#WaltAndersonOn Noah's Ark: There was some rain— Austin Rackets (@racketsaw) September 29, 2015
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