Iowa State's football team lost a heartbreaker to the Texas Longhorns, 31-30, in the final minute of their contest Thursday night.
But it's the way the Cyclones lost that has Iowa State fans — and particularly head coach Paul Rhoads — hopping mad.
Iowa State was ahead as the clock wound down, but Texas got down close to the end zone and was threatening to score and take the lead.
But as replays appear to show, Iowa State forced not one, but two, consecutive fumbles during the goal-line stand that would have sealed a Cyclones' victory. In fact, the first apparent fumble would have resulted in touchdown for Iowa State.
Here's a clip of that play (How do you rule it?):
But the folks in the black and white stripes didn't concur with Rhoads & Co.
The official review of the first apparent fumble was ruled inconclusive, and the second one wasn't reviewed (although it appears Texas recovered anyway).
Texas scored on its third attempt from scrimmage, and that was that.
But as his postgame remarks reflect, things weren't quite over for Rhoads, who spouted off in a way that only a head football coach can.
"To make a play on the 1-yard line with our backs against the wall...and [to] have it taken away from them, that's hard to express," said an angry Rhoads, who didn't seem to have much trouble saying how he felt. "I've got pretty good eyesight. The view I had of that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a guy that was not down and our guy with the football."
Here's the clip of Rhoads' rant from Cyclones.tv via YouTube:
Anyone smell a fine in Rhoads' future?
If he's hit in the wallet, many folks likely will say it was worth it.