UCF wide receiver Javon Baker was so wide open on an 86-yard TD catch against No. 6 Oklahoma that he had enough time to blow a kiss to the Sooner sideline.
Baker got behind the Oklahoma secondary late in the second quarter after QB John Rhys Plumlee rolled out to his left. With the defense clearly intrigued by Plumlee, no one was near Baker. And Baker knew it when he showed his love to the Sooners.
Baker was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for, uh, showing affection for the Oklahoma sideline, and Oklahoma coach Brent Venables wasn’t happy with what happened.
However, the touchdown stood and the penalty was assessed on kickoff. According to the NCAA rule book, live ball penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct are punished by “15 yards.” [the] subsequent point.” Since the point of the ball after the play was intended for the kickoff, the kick was pushed back rather than affecting the TD play.
The score gave UCF a 17-14 lead over the Sooners, shortly after Oklahoma took a 14-10 lead. But thanks to field position assistance from the penalty and a late pass interference by UCF, the Sooners were able to tie the game at 17-17 before halftime.