TCU coach Gary Patterson isn’t happy, and he’s more than willing to tell you all about.
Patterson is upset following TCU’s 52-46 loss at home to Oklahoma on Saturday, and particularly at officials following a critical intentional ground call in the fourth quarter. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill was hit as he attempted to throw the ball away, and the result was a pass that ended up in no man’s land.
After huddling up, the officials on the field decided that the play wasn’t intentional grounding. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops then got really upset, and threw his headset in frustration. The officials then RE-HUDDLED, and then decided to throw the intentional grounding flag.
It was then Patterson’s turn to get angry, but suffice to say, the call wasn’t getting changed again. After the game, Patterson had some pointed remarks on the officiating of that play.
From College Football Talk:
“The bottom line to it is, in his estimation, [Hill] didn’t have anyone to throw to,” Patterson said, referring to the official who threw the initial flag for intentional grounding. “Mine was he got hit, so I don’t know how he can tell he couldn’t throw it to him.”
Patterson wasn’t done, though. Patterson knows that criticizing officials could draw him a fine from the Big 12, so he took a shot at Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to get his frustrations out on why he couldn’t just completely level the officials.
“We talk about sportsmanship in this game, and I’ve got a quarterback that writes a whole article on me, how I treated him wrong. But I can’t talk about officials. Bottom line to it is, I wasn’t happy with the officiating.”
Patterson is referring to Mayfield taking shots at him at the end of last year. Apparently Patterson wishes turnabout was fair play, at least with regards to officiating.
TCU will have a chance to recover against Kansas next week. Oklahoma, meanwhile, will get a tougher test with Texas.