While Central Michigan’s wild lateral play as the clock struck zeroes to beat No. 22 Oklahoma State was exhilarating, the play should have never happened. As FOX Sports’ Mike Pereira goes on to explain, the Chippewas should have suffered a loss of down as a result of the prior intentional grounding play, meaning that the hail mary turned lateral should have never occurred:
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 10, 2016
As is noted at the conclusion of the video, Oklahoma State will be able to file a grievance due to the nature of the play, which Pereira states may fall under the “egregious error bucket,” and would allow the game’s final play to be overturned.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy confirmed that a MAC official admitted that Central Michigan should not have been allowed to run the play.
It was a wild comeback for Central Michigan, who trailed the heavily favored Cowboys by 14 points at the conclusion of the first quarter. Quarterback Cooper Rush threw for 361 yards on 30-of-42 passing, finishing the day with four touchdowns after the miracle lateral was completed.
Much in the same way their rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners, were not sunk by an earlier season loss, the Cowboys won’t be either, should the result stand. Due to the depth of the Big 12 and potential for impact wins throughout the season, Oklahoma State can still find their way into the College Football Playoff if they manage to win out the rest of the way. They will play their final non-conference game at home next Saturday against a 2-0 Pittsburgh team.
Official statement from the MAC on Oklahoma State ending. Outcome will not be changed. pic.twitter.com/n8aknE58nV
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 10, 2016