Pac-10: Refs should've called penalty

Updated: October 22, 2009, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pacific-10 Conference says its officials erred in not calling a penalty on Notre Dame for a fake field goal in last Saturday's game between the Fighting Irish and USC.

The Trojans won the game 34-27.

The trick play resulted in a 25-yard gain that set up Notre Dame's first touchdown. Dave Cutaia, the Pac-10's coordinator of officials, says a foul should have been called for using substitutions to deceive. The Fighting Irish should have been pushed back 15 yards and the down repeated.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis would not talk specifically about the Pac-10's assertion that a penalty should have been called. He did say that he let officials know before the game that he intended to use the "kitchen sink" as far as plays.


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