Pac-12 acknowledges officiating error in ASU-WSU game

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced the the Pac-12 has recognized a pivotal officiating error in Saturday’s game between Arizona State and Washington State in Pullman.

In the second quarter, WSU completed a fourth-down pass where the receiver was stopped short of the first down when a whistle blew the play dead. The Line Judge claimed that the whistle was inadvertant and under NCAA rules, the team with possession can either elect to play the ball where the play was whistled dead, or repeat the down. WSU chose to repeat the down and subsequently scored a touchdown.

The Pac-12 reviewed the play and concluded that the ball should have been played where whistled dead, and thus WSU would have turned it over on downs.

They went on to say that the entire officiating crew has been downgraded and suspended for next week.

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— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 8, 2015

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