Oklahoma's undefeated season was spoiled Saturday with a loss to Baylor, and Sooners coach Lincoln Riley had a lot of issues with the way the game ended.
After Baylor kneeled twice to run out the clock, fans of the team prematurely stormed the field with three seconds left. Riley sent his Oklahoma players to the locker room and was shown screaming at officials who told him to bring the Sooners back on the field for the final play. After a lengthy delay, Baylor opted against kneeling one more time and instead kicked a 32-field goal as time expired.
Oklahoma comes back on the field and Baylor kicks a field goal to end it— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 13, 2021
The fans rush the field for a second time in Waco ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/pFYvdfQhBv
Riley told media after the game that Baylor should've been assessed a 15-yard penalty for having fans run on the field and that the decision to kick the field goal went against the "code of sportsmanship."
Baylor coach Dave Aranda had a different explanation for the field goal, though. He said the kick was a strategic decision.
"That was for the Big 12 tiebreaker," Aranda explained in a postgame interview on Fox. "We wanted to be over 10."
The likelihood that the field goal would make any difference in deciding the Big 12 champion is extraordinarily slim, though. In the case of a three-way tie in the conference, there's a small chance scoring differential could be used to eliminate one of the three teams.
Baylor improved to 5-2 in conference play with the win, while Oklahoma dropped to 6-1. Oklahoma State sits between the two teams at 5-1 and has a game against TCU at 8 p.m. ET.