Rhule on unsportsmanlike penalty: "I wanted to stand up for my players"

WACO, Texas (KWTX) After Baylor sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer had taken a vicious hit late in the Bears' 66-33 loss to Oklahoma, head coach Matt Rhule wanted to make a statement to his team by backing them even if things weren't going well.

Baylor was facing a 30-point deficit with less than four minutes to go at the time of the hard tackle on Brewer. The second-year coach then drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which Rhule says was the first one of his coaching career.

"You can’t spot a team like that 14 points, but we played a lot better than the score indicated, and we're not out there just to be grabbing people. We're playing like everyone else does," Rhule said. "It’s time, in my opinion, for Baylor to stand up and fight for itself. It’s time for our players to go fight. So, I wanted to stand up for our players, and I wanted to stand up for Charlie and Jalen (Hurd) and all the guys that go out there and lay it on the line.

"I’ll do that again this week. I’ll fight my tail off here."

Baylor (3-2) was flagged 13 times in a 26-7 win over Kansas before receiving nine penalties at Oklahoma, while the Sooners suffered seven penalties.

Rhule credited the officials for their dedication, but also felt like the Bears were not receiving the proper amount of favorable calls recently.

"During that game, there were two touchdowns where the (offensive) tackle false-started," Rhule said. "I didn’t say a word about that. There were probably three touchdowns that should have been called back. I don’t care about that. Officials have a job to do, and they’ve got to work their tails off."