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With one of the worst calls in the history of the conference, the Big 12's stellar officiating crew screwed Baylor so violently in the closing seconds of what should have been a monumental comeback that the Earth actually came off its axis.
I had a much longer post written up for this game that I actually started putting together at halftime, but that's out the window now. Yes, it's Baylor's fault that we got down 18 at halftime. Yes, it's Baylor's fault that we didn't play better before the final minutes. But none of that matters when one call so clearly changes everything. The preceding 39 minutes don't matter to that call. What matters is that call was wrong, obviously wrong, and never should have been made. Even if you think there was contact-- and there wasn't with anything not made of leather-- you absolutely do not make that call. You don't decide the game at the line. You don't bail one team out.
You will rue this day, Big 12. The ridiculous apology we all know will come cannot change history. You screwed Baylor out of this game, and we will not forget. Pierre Jackson deserved better. Rico Gathers deserved better. A.J. Walton and Gary Franklin deserved better. Deuce Bello, who touched nothing but ball on the final, fateful drive by Phil Forte, deserved better. Your fans deserve better.
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