Another Mistake By Pac-10 Replay Officials Gives Washington State A Victory

Steven ResnickSenior Writer INovember 22, 2008

The Washington State Cougars looked like they would end up having only 1 win this season. The Cougars were out of timeouts and the drive was just starting. The first pass thrown by Kevin Lopina went to Devin Frischknecht for 9 yards, which got the Washington State to their own 29. The next play was to stop the clock at 35 seconds.

Kevin Lopina then threw a 5-yard pass to the sideline to Brandon Gibson. Instead of the officials getting set and ready for the next play. The booth decided to review the play, which basically gave the Cougars a time out.

The announcers of the game had no idea on why the play was stopped. Even when the official state that the play was under review, they were questioning why.

Brandon Gibson was near the sidelines, but it wasn't even close that Gibson was out of bounds. When you have a player who is able to take three steps before going out of bounds, the play definitely shouldn't be reviewed.

With the extra time with the stoppage in play, the Cougars made an excellent play call and executed it perfectly for a 48 yard gain.

The receiver didn't get out of bounds so they had to hurry to the line and they made another pass, this time a 7-yard completion, but the receiver didn't get out of bounds.

The Cougars were able to get lined up to spike the ball and stop the clock at 2 seconds. The Cougars made the 28 yard field goal to head into overtime. Eventually the Cougars edged out the Huskies with a 37 yard field goal in the 2nd overtime.

Personally I wanted to see Tyrone Willingham get at least one win this year. It's not going to happen. His team will be 0-12 at the end of the season. It's twice this year that Washington has been screwed by officials.

The first one of course was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jake Locker and now in today's game it's the review that should have never happened.

Just another example of how atrocious the Pac-10 officials really are.