Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has never seen defensive holding called on a running play. Neither has former Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs. Nor most Longhorns fans.
In fact, the burnt orange faithful probably have a better chance of catching the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and a unicorn partying together over a beer at Scholz Garten after a game than seeing defensive holding called in a college football game.
Here are the incredible numbers from ESPN:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, defensive holding on a run play has occurred only 61 times from the more than 49,000 FBS penalties called since the start of the 2010 season. That's less than 0.13 percent.
In light of that fact, it becomes a little less believable when Big 12 supervisor of football officials Walt Anderson claims that it's been increasing, forcing it to become a point of emphasis for crews around college football:
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