Pac-10 suspends official for missed call in OSU-USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

It appears that the SEC isn't the only conference starting to take poor officiating seriously.

The Pac-10 has suspended a football official for one game for missing an obvious face mask call in Saturday's Oregon State-USC game, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday evening.

The play in question came in the end zone when Trojans safety Taylor Mays ripped the helmet off receiver James Rodgers' head. Rodgers still held on to the 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

“Our members expect a high level of officiating in all our sports and the Conference office shares that expectation,” Scott said in a statement. “We have taken this action in light of the blatant and dangerous nature of the missed call. We have full confidence in our highly trained and qualified staff of football officials, but they, like the coaches and players, are accountable and must meet the high expectations placed upon them.”

It was a stunningly obvious infraction.

"I don't understand what they can't see here," said ABC colorman Craig James.

The Pac-10 did not release the name of the suspended official. The Oregonian reported that the crew included referee Jay Stricherz, umpire Doug Wilson, linesman Edwin Walker, line judge Jeff Robinson, back judge M. Aaronian, field judge Jeffrey Bell and side judge Aaron Santi.