On an October night in Ames, Iowa State led late against Texas 30-24. Texas had the ball and was driving to take the lead. Jeremiah George was looking for a big play, made one and everything appeared to be great for Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones, and then it wasn’t.
George, who appeared to strip the ball from Texas running back Johnathan Gray at the one yard line before starting to take it back for a scoop and score, was suddenly stopped by the officials. The officials had ruled Gray’s forward progress was stopped and there was never a fumble. The play was reviewed and upheld by the replay officials.
Paul Rhoads went on one of his epic rants in the post game and was later reprimanded by the Big 12. Though the tirade was justified it wasn’t going to change the fact that Gray was trying to score and never really stopped his forward progress.
Iowa State would go on to lose the game 31-30 and fall to 1-3 on the season at that point, ultimately kicking the wind out of their season. Though this one game may have not entirely changed their season, it definitely hurt it. This moment is one we certainly should be forgetting.