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Pac-12 acknowledges officiating error in WSU vs. ASU

WSU receiver Gabe Marks (9) reacts after an official blew a whistle prematurely on a play against Arizona State during the first half of a Pac-12 college football game on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU receiver Gabe Marks (9) reacts after an official blew a whistle prematurely on a play against Arizona State during the first half of a Pac-12 college football game on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington State should not have gotten another play after Gabe Marks was stopped on fourth down.

With just under six minutes left in the second quarter, and Washington State trailing 14-3, the Cougars went for it on fourth-and-five from the ASU 11-yard line. Luke Falk threw the ball to Gabe Marks, who was pushed backwards from well short of the first down marker.

But Marks was never tackled, and so there was confusion when a whistle blew the play dead.

"I was running and I was breaking a tackle or whatever and he didn't blow it," Marks said. "He like half-blew his whistle and I was like, 'Dude, (stares) why?' And he was like 'I don't know.' Then they talked about it."

Here is a video of the play, courtesy of CougCenter's Jeff Nusser:

The officials determined that the whistle was inadvertent, meaning the team on offense has the choice to take the spot where the play was blown dead or replay the down. WSU obviously chose to replay the down and scored on a touchdown pass to Dom Williams.

The Pac-12 now says the Cougars should have never gotten the opportunity to score and has punished the officiating crew. Here is the statement from the conference:




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