Texas kicker Cameron Dicker (17) kicks the game-winning field goal against Kansas State on Nov. 9, 2019 in Austin. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Tom Herman: Oklahoma State’s attempt to trick Cameron Dicker was ‘not permissible by Big 12 standards’

Posted November 3rd, 2020

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In its 41-34 overtime win at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Texas received two field goals from junior kicker Cameron Dicker.

Those field goals, though, weren’t uncontested. First off, the Cowboys had 11 players on the field who were attempting to block those kicks. Oklahoma State also had a video board operator who attempted to ice the kicker.

On a 40-yard attempt at the end of the first half, Oklahoma State put up a series of yellow lines on a large video board behind the goalpost. As football fans know, the goalposts are also yellow.

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It appeared that the video board just showed fans cheering when Dicker attempted a 20-yard kick at the beginning of the second quarter. After his two makes on Saturday, DIcker has made eight of this season’s 10 tries.

At a press conference on Tuesday, UT coach Tom Herman was asked about Oklahoma State’s video board strategy. Herman said he has been in contact with the Big 12 administrators.

“I addressed it with Commissioner (Bob) Bowlsby and Ed Stewart, the associate commissioner for football, and they assured me that is not permissible by Big 12 standards. It has been addressed,” Herman said.

Herman did not elaborate on how the issue was handled by the Big 12. A conference spokesperson did not immediately respond to the American-Statesman’s request for comment.

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