Replay official suspended one game

Updated: November 5, 2009, 9:54 PM ET
By Graham Watson | ESPN.com

WAC football replay official Michael Goshim was suspended for one game beginning this weekend, conference commissioner Karl Benson announced.

Goshim was in the replay booth for last weekend's game between San Jose State and Boise State. The suspension was based on a play in which a runner was ruled short of a first down and was confirmed by the replay booth after a review. However, after further review, the runner clearly made the first down and the call should have been reversed.

"The WAC expects the same type of performance from our instant-replays officials as we do from the on-field officials," said Benson. "And while errors are going to occur -- both on the field and in the replay booth -- when they do, there must be accountability. Instant replay is used to get it right on the field and in this case the official had a chance to reverse a call at a very critical time in the game and did not. Thus, he will be suspended for his next assignment."

In 2003, the WAC suspended an entire crew for a series of mistakes at the end of a game between San Jose State and Hawaii.

Graham Watson is an ESPN.com football blogger. She can be reached at gwatson.espn@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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