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Iowa State's Paul Rhoads wants explanation on controversial spot

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Monday he reached out to the Big 12 office regarding what he considered a bad spot that derailed a key offensive drive late in the Cyclones' 35-31 loss to Oklahoma State this past Saturday.

Rhoads said Monday he's seeking more information from the Big 12 about a second-down play with under three minutes to go. Receiver Carson Epps appeared to make a 2-yard reception past the first-down marker, but he was only credited with a 1-yard gain.

Rhoads' staff, assuming it was first down, then called a pass play which was broken up. On fourth-and-1, Cyclones running back Mike Warren was stuffed for no gain. Rhoads wants to know why the second-down spot didn't go their way.

“They’ll tell us whether the call was correctly made,” Rhoads told reporters. "They’ll tell us the mechanics of something. They’ll tell us the letter of the law, the exact rule, and why it’s applied that way. We get excellent feedback from the Big 12 Conference in regards to that."

When asked if he still felt ISU gained a first down after reviewing the tape, Rhoads replied “You’ve seen it. … I don’t have to answer that."

They've had to do this a few times before, of course. Last year, Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard received a $25,000 fine -- the largest in Big 12 history -- for publicly ripping officials after losing to Oklahoma State. The Big 12 did admit to a review mistake after an ISU loss to Kansas State in 2014. And in 2013, there was the last-second fumble fiasco in a loss to Texas.

This time, in fairness, Rhoads could've quickly called a timeout before the third-down pass and avoided the play-calling problem. We won't find out what he learned Monday -- Big 12 head of officials Walt Anderson handles all reviews on Mondays and doesn't release his verdicts publicly -- but it's clear Rhoads and ISU are once again left feeling wronged.