Head official suspended, others downgraded after Pac-12 acknowledges critical error in Washington State vs. Cal game

Head official suspended, others downgraded after Pac-12 acknowledges critical error in Washington State vs. Cal gameHead official suspended, others downgraded after Pac-12 acknowledges critical error in Washington State vs. Cal game

One official has been suspended and others have been downgraded for making what the Pac-12 determined a “breakdown in officiating mechanics and communication” during the third quarter of Washington State’s 33-20 loss at California on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum. In a news release, the conference acknowledged a “mechanics error” that was made after Travell Harris returned Cal’s kickoff to the 50-yard line in the third quarter. After the play, officials flagged Washington State for a hands-to-the-face penalty, moving the Cougars half the distance to the goal line and placing the ball at 8-yard line. Referees penalized WSU’s Armauni Archie, a true freshman cornerback wearing No. 15, but made a mistake in application of the penalty, according to the news release, and intended to flag Cal’s Ben Moos, who also wears No. 15. Moos, of course, is the youngest son of former WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos. The head official informed Washington State coaches of the error, but not until the next play was run. Had the penalty been assessed to Cal, the ball would’ve been spotted at the Golden Bears’ 35-yard line rather than WSU’s 8-yard line — a 57-yard discrepancy. The Cougars’ ensuing drive lasted 6:38 and resulted in a 35-yard field goal from Blake Mazza to cut Cal’s lead to 20-14. “The Referee has subsequently been suspended for one game for the breakdown in officiating mechanics and communication,” the news release read. “The remaining members of the officiating crew have been downgraded.” It’s the second ...
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