n officiating error aided an Oklahoma State touchdown Saturday. Late in the second quarter, the Cowboys were penalized for holding on a first-and-10 play from the K-State 45. The next play should have been first-and-20 from the OSU 45. Instead, it was first-and-15, because the first-down marker was mistakenly moved back five yards with the 10-yard penalty.
Oklahoma State lost yardage on its next play and then gained four yards on a reception, setting up a third-and-18 that should have been a third-and-23. Quarterback Mason Rudolph then completed a pass to Marcell Ateman for 19 yards, giving the Cowboys a first down just past the K-State 40 instead of the K-State 35.
Officials didn't catch the mistake, and Oklahoma State’s drive continued.
The Cowboys went on to score a touchdown on the drive, pulling to within 28-20 with 46 seconds remaining in the half. They won 36-34 on a last-minute field goal.
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K-State coaches didn’t noticeably contest the snafu at the time, and many inside Boone Pickens Stadium were unaware of the mistake. But it showed up on the game’s play-by-play chart when the first-and-20 became a first-and-15 without a play taking place. And it was obvious to everyone watching on TV, as the Fox Sports 1 crew broadcasting the game labeled the downs correctly. On the third down conversion, Ateman appeared to fall well short of the made-for-TV yellow first-down line.
Bill Snyder noticed the error, but had little to say about it.
"I am trying to think what the official told me about it," Snyder said. "I can’t remember right now."
Kody Cook, if healthy, would be a candidate to start at quarterback going forward, but Snyder said he didn’t know the condition of Cook’s shoulder after the game. Snyder said Joe Hubener was deemed healthy in the first quarter and was fit to return. Neither quarterback was available for comment. Snyder said he was not sure if Jonathan Banks would be ready to play next week.
Left guard Boston Stiverson played for the first time this season. Kyle Klein returned at receiver. He hadn’t played since the opener.
Two Liberty Bowl representatives attended Saturday’s game.
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