Strong on defensive holding call on run: ‘I have never heard of that’

Texas coach Charlie Strong was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the fourth quarter that aided Oklahoma State’s game-tying drive.

Strong was angry over a defensive holding penalty called on a run play. He argued with the official, who threw a flag, it appeared, when he and Strong made contact. The 15-yard penalty helped the No. 24 Cowboys get into field-goal position and tie the eventual 30-27 Oklahoma State victory at 27-27.

The defensive holding penalty came on the heels of a pass interference call. Texas drew 16 penalties in the game, but still managed to lead 27-24 with less than two minutes to play. 

Afterward Strong told reporters that he had never heard of a defensive holding penalty on a run play.

"It’s surprising. The play before, we got the interference call. The very next play we get a defensive holding call on a run play. I have never heard of that ever." 

Texas lost the game in the final minute after a botched punt put Oklahoma State in instant field-goal range.

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