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Photo/Videos: Joe Mixon Dropped Ball Before Crossing Goal Line On 97-Yard Return

Joe Mixon dropping the ball just before crossing the goal line.

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Joe Mixon exploded for a huge touchdown, but the Oklahoma player drops ball before scoring on a 97-yard kickoff return. The refs missed what should have been a touchback.

Just moments after Ohio State scored on a 68-yard pick-six by Jerome Baker, running back Joe Mixon broke the ensuing kickoff for a 97-yard return touchdown. There aren't many players that can leave an entire Buckeye roster in the dust. Mixon is one of them.

A closer look, however, reveals that Mixon actually dropped the football before crossing the goal line.

As we've seen multiple times already this season, most notably Clemson's Ray-Ray McCloud last week, that should be a touchback. Of course, the refs didn't catch it, and the huge touchdown stands. This is a huge response to Baker's pick-six, which set off a litany of "basic defense" taunts in the direction back-up Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall. The freshman said that the Buckeyes' unit was "basic," and that Mayfield would "light them up" in the game.

So far, J.T. Barrett has had the better of Mayfield. The Sooners signal caller is 4-of-10 for 56 yards and the pick, while Barrett is 3-of-6 for 16 yards and a nice fade throw to Noah Brown for a score. He also has 34 yards on the ground.

Oklahoma is in the game, but is very lucky to be, because Mixon's touchdown could have easily been overturned. College football players. Please. Stop dropping the ball before the goal line. There is literally no excuse for this.