Pac-10 ref has suspension delayed, will work this week

Updated: September 22, 2006, 5:01 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

David Cutaia, the on-field referee in last Saturday's Oregon-Oklahoma game, will referee Saturday's USC-Arizona game.

On Monday the Pacific 10 Conference issued one-game suspensions to the field officials and instant replay crew for their mistakes in the controversial finish to Oregon's 34-33 victory.

But because the Pac-10 does not have enough crews to cover all of its games this weekend, the suspensions must be staggered throughout the season so the conference has enough officials to cover all its games, said Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon. Cutaia will be working Saturday -- and serve his suspension later in the season.

Arizona is coached by Mike Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

The rest of the on-field crew from the Oklahoma-Oregon game was umpire Dennis Angel, head linesman Dan Antonietti, line judge Manuel Alonzo, side judge Dave Curschman, field judge Dan Spriesterbach and back judge Steve Hudson.

Muldoon said they typically don't work together as a crew.

Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said Monday that a review by conference officials of video of Saturday's game revealed that both the replay officials and the game officials assigned by the conference made errors in the final 1 minute, 12 seconds of the game.

Hansen has apologized to Oklahoma for the bad calls in the game, won by the Ducks 34-33 after officials mistakenly awarded a late onside kick to Oregon. The ball should have been awarded to Oklahoma because an Oregon player touched it before it went the required 10 yards. The Ducks went on the score the go-ahead TD on the ensuing drive.

During a subsequent play, pass interference was called on Oklahoma, setting up the winning score. The Sooners argued that the ball had been tipped at the line of scrimmage, thereby nullifying the pass interference call.

Replay officials did not see indisputable evidence to overturn the penalty.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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