It's no wonder the Pacific-10 Conference decided to take another look at the tumultuous game between Oregon State and Washington.
Last Saturday night's game was marked by a scary injury for Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, the ejection of four players and a questionable call in the final 3 minutes.
The Pac-10 announced Wednesday that the game's instant replay officials would be suspended for a game.
The league looked at whether Oregon State tailback Yvenson Bernard fumbled at the goal line. The instant replay crew did not stop the game to review the call.
It appeared Bernard's knee touched the ground before he lost the ball.
``We concluded the instant replay officials did not perform properly on the fumble play late in the game,'' Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said in a statement Wednesday. It is clear the game officials should have been notified to stop the game and the play should have been reviewed prior to the ball being snapped for the next play.''
The Beavers held off the Huskies 29-23.
Hansen also said the instant replay officials and the on-field officiating crew would not be considered for bowl game assignments.
Oregon State's cornerback Brandon Hughes, safety Bryan Payton and special teams player James Dockery, as well as Washington guard Ryan Tolar, were ejected. Eight personal fouls were called.
Because the players were ejected during the second half, each will be required to sit out the first half of this week's games, under NCAA rules. Oregon State (6-4, 4-3) plays at Washington State (4-6, 3-4). Washington (3-7, 1-6) hosts California (6-4, 3-4).
The emotion of the game was heightened by a helmet-to-helmet hit that sent Locker motionless to the ground. Washington's quarterback was taken from the field by ambulance.
``All of the sudden life stood still,'' Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. ``It got quiet in there.''
Locker returned with about 3 minutes left in the game. Fans cheered as he walked the sideline wearing a neck brace. Locker suffered a stinger and muscle strain in his neck.
The Pac-10's review said the hit appeared to be inadvertent.
Surprisingly, Washington coach Tyrone Willingham didn't rule Locker out of Saturday's game against the Golden Bears.
``I think there's always a shot, knowing Jake the way I know him,'' Willingham said.
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HONORS: USC tailback Chauncey Washington, Washington State safety Husain Abdullah and Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna have been selected the Pac-10's players of the week.
Washington rushed 29 times for a career-high 220 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown run, in the Trojans' 24-17 victory at California.
Abdullah had a game-high 14 tackles, five solo, in the Cougars' 33-17 victory over Stanford. He also intercepted a pass and ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown.
Serna was 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts, hitting from 51, 34, 43, 30 and 28 yards, in Oregon State's 29-23 victory over Washington.
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BRINK'S SEASON: Washington State quarterback Alex Brink is wrapping up a career that has landed him numerous Washington State career records, passing such names as Drew Bledsoe, Jason Gesser and Ryan Leaf.
Brink has started in the Cougars' past 38 games, dating to his freshman season. He has completed 800 of 1,366 passes for 10,200 yards and 71 touchdowns, all school records. He surpassed Gesser in each of the categories.
This season he has passed for 3,105 yards and 21 touchdowns. He is averaging 313.9 yards in total offense, ranking him 10th in the nation.
But Cougars coach Bill Doba said that there's much more to the prolific passer.
``I had a guy call me - I thought something was wrong - and he told me that Alex Brink's one of the best students he's ever had,'' Doba said.
Brink, a sports management major, has made the dean's list in each of his past six semesters and is a member of the WSU Honors College.
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WHAT ABOUT BOB? Arizona coach Mike Stoops could help out his brother Bob with a victory over No. 2 Oregon.
Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1 Big 12 Conference), coached by Bob Stoops, is No. 3 in The Associated Press poll and fourth in the BCS rankings, behind Louisiana State, Oregon and undefeated Kansas.
``Shoot, I'm just trying to help myself, help our kids,'' said Mike Stoops when asked about the game's implications for Oklahoma. ``It's just one game and, shoot, there's a lot of people pulling for us. Everybody's fighting to get somewhere, and we're certainly one of those teams.''
The Wildcats (4-6, 3-4 Pacific-10) host the Ducks (8-1, 5-1) in Tucson Thursday night.
If Oklahoma and Kansas continue on their present courses, they will meet in the Big 12 title game. Besides Arizona, Oregon still must visit UCLA and host Oregon State.
Bob Stoops said he was sure his brother understands that an Arizona win would help the Sooners, but that he hasn't spoken to him about it.
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