Stoops on letting first half expire: ‘I thought it was fourth-and-25′by Anthony Gimino on Dec. 30, 2010, under Sports
One of the many, many — and we do mean many — missed opportunities for Arizona came late in the first half when it reached the Oklahoma State 39 in the final minute.
The Wildcats trailed 23-7 at the time.
On third-and-10, Nick Foles connected on a deep pass to Travis Cobb near the goal line, but Cobb was penalized for pass interference.
On third-and-25, Nic Grigsby ran for 13 yards, getting close to the Oklahoma State 40-yard line with about five seconds left. Arizona had a chance to call a timeout and try a Hail Mary pass.
On the sideline, coach Mike Stoops was taking off his headphones and beginning to walk to the locker room. Players or other coaches might have been trying to call timeout, but not Stoops. The clock ran out.
“I thought the couple scoring drives before the half, not getting points, really hurt us,” Stoops said in the postgame news conference.
“We had a couple opportunities there. You know, the play before the half, I thought it was fourth-and-25. That was my fault. Again, I thought offensive interference lost a down. So we just missed those opportunities to close it to a two-score game.”