San Jose State cheated of one last play

Updated: November 4, 2003, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- The Western Athletic Conference on Tuesday suspended an officiating crew for several errors it made during the final play of Saturday's game between San Jose State and Hawaii.

The seven-member crew was suspended for one game and will not be considered for any postseason assignments, assistant commissioner Dave Chaffin said.

"There were several officiating errors, the most important one including that time had not expired and San Jose State should have had the opportunity to run one more play," Chaffin said.

The WAC said the result of the game will not be overturned.

Hawaii escaped with a 13-10 road victory Saturday when San Jose State's Courtney Anderson was tackled at the 1 in the final seconds and the Spartans were unable to get one last play before time expired.

After Anderson was ruled just inches short of the end zone, the officials decided quarterback Scott Rislov had spiked the ball with no time on the clock -- despite the 0:01 still showing on the scoreboard.

The suspension came a day after San Jose State officials wrote a letter and sent video to the WAC, requesting a review.


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