Oklahoma State feels so strongly about its “loss” to Central Michigan that it is recognizing the game as a win on its Alamo Bowl rings.
The Cowboys officially finished the season at 10-3 after losses to the Chippewas, Baylor and Oklahoma. But the rings for the Alamo Bowl win over Colorado have an 11-2 record on them. Really!
— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) April 19, 2017
The discrepancy stems from OSU’s (valid) complaints about the end of the game. An officiating error on an intentional grounding penalty that should have ended the game instead gave Central Michigan the ball and one untimed play. That play famously went for a touchdown and a 30-27 upset win.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has said previously that the game shouldn’t be counted as a loss for Oklahoma State. And while an officiating error like that is incredibly egregious, Oklahoma State should have defended the Hail Mary correctly after the screwup. Yeah, OSU shouldn’t have been in the position it was in, but it shouldn’t have let Central Michigan score a touchdown from the other side of midfield either.
But hey, the liberty with the rings is much more fun than what Kentucky did with its bowl rings earlier in the week. The Wildcats, who made a bowl game for the first time since 2010, commemorate a 15-point loss to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl on their bling.
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