Yeah, Deakin can say he rode Nolf out a period. But in doing so he gave up 3 points (2 stalling calls and 1 point for locking hands). Score-wise he would have done better to release Jason (but then Jason would have gotten more TD's--so it was a pick your poison for Deakin!).
....and he should have been called for at least 2 more stall calls as the 2 that were called were mandatory (riding the leg for more than 5 seconds) and his ride from start to finish was 100% "top stalling" with no other calls than the mandatory ones.