WATCH: Texas football S Anthony Cook’s hit on Dekkers forces fumble

Hunter Dekkers, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Hunter Dekkers, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports /

A close game between No. 22 ranked Texas football and the Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Oct. 15 came down to a controversial ending. Texas was able to hang on for the comeback win over Iowa State after a hit from senior safety Anthony Cook that jarred the ball loose from Cyclones redshirt sophomore quarterback Hunter Dekkers.

The original call on the field was that Dekkers fumbled the ball and there was no flag for targeting on the play. And that drew quite a reaction on social media, which obviously varied between the Texas and Iowa State faithful.

The refs would review the ruling on the field of the ball carrier being down, but didn’t review the targeting call since it wasn’t flagged on the play. Upon review, the refs ruled that the call on the field stood, thus giving Texas possession and the opportunity to seal the win.

At that point, Texas got a first down and was able to run the clock out after Iowa State ran out of timeouts.

Texas football S Anthony Cook’s hit on Hunter Dekkers causes a fumble

After this game, though, the talk on social media still surrounded the controversial play where Cook put the hit on Dekkers and the Iowa State quarterback fumbled the ball.

Here’s a look at the hit on that play and the fumble.

This play clearly had Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell hot. Once the whistle blew, Campbell was quite obviously fired up and was letting the refs hear it.

The expectation is that Campbell is going to be really fired up in his postgame press conference after the no-call on this hit on Dekkers from Cook.

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Texas got the win over Iowa State by the final score of 24-21. This is the third win in a row for the Longhorns and the fifth of the season. Meanwhile, Iowa State moves to 3-4 (0-4 Big 12) on the season with the fourth straight one-possession loss for Campbell’s squad.