Controversial Ending Mars Central Michigan’s Upset Of Oklahoma State


The Central Michigan Chippewas stunned the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a last-second Hail Mary, but the play never should have happened.


Central Michigan stunned No. 22 Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday, as the Chippewas connected on a Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play of the game to steal a 30-27 win.

And Cowboy fans certainly will argue that it was thievery.

The officiating crew actually erred in giving Central Michigan an untimed down, so the game should not have been extended and the Pokes should have come out with a 27-24 win. By rule, the game should have ended on an accepted live ball loss-of-down penalty with no time remaining.

The Pokes had the ball on what appeared to be the game’s final possession when quarterback Mason Rudolph was assessed a last-second intentional grounding penalty, which gave CMU an untimed down.

CMU signal-caller Cooper Rush heaved a Hail Mary pass that connected with Jesse Kroll just inside the 10. As Kroll was being tackled, he pitched it back to Corey Willis at about the 12, who made a cut across the field and dove into the end zone before being taken down.

It is unknown whether Oklahoma State will protest the outcome. But it’s extremely unlikely that anything can be done about the result now anyway.

Truly an incredible finish to a game in a week that many thought would be short on fireworks because of the lack of Top 25 matchups.

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