Pac-Tending 11-14-07

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"There was human error in that, while reviewing the available replays, the [instant replay] crew failed to notify the game officials to stop play before the ball was snapped for the next play. It was not the fault of the equipment. The game should have been stopped and the play reviewed. The members of the IR crew have been reprimanded."
- Pac-10 conference commissioner Tom Hansen, referring to the instant replay snafu that occurred during last week's Oregon State-Washington football game State.
The situation was dicey at the Creek this week as football had some shenanigans in the Oregon State-Washington game and women's soccer had four teams selected for the NCAA tournament but two more including, inexplicably, Wazzu, left at home for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the NCAA will provide a forum to honor the accomplishments of former student-athletes while in military service of their country at their convention on January 13.
Oregon State
In football, the Beavers beat Washington, 29-23, to improve to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Senior kicker Alexis Serna was named as the conference's special teams player of the week. Starting defensive back Brandon Hughes and starting safety Bryan Payton will sit out half of this week's game against WSU as a result of an NCAA rule regarding players involved in a fight. Both Payton and Hughes were involved in a fight in last week's game against Washington.
In football, Washington lost to Oregon State, 29-23, to fall to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in conference play. Offensive lineman Ryan Tolar was ejected in the game and will have to sit out half of this week's game against California as per NCAA rules.
In football, the Bruins lost to Arizona State, 24-20, to drop to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Senior defensive lineman Brigham Harwell and receiver Marcus Everett will redshirt this season because of injuries.
In men's hoop, point guard Darren Collison will be out for the next two games with a sprained knee.
Arizona State
In football, the Sun Devils beat UCLA, 24-20, to improve to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
In football, the Cardinal lost to Wazzu, 33-17, to improve to 3-7 overall and 2-6 in conference play. Receiver Richard Sherman has been reinstated.
In football, the Bears lost to USC, 24-17 to drop to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in conference play. Freshman running back Jahvid Best will not play this week due to a hip injury.
Junior forward Valerie Barnes was named as the conference's women's soccer player of the week.
In volleyball, junior outside hitter Gorana Maricic was named as the conference's player of the week.
In men's hoop, it was announced that head coach Lute Olson will be back "shortly" but no specific time frame was given.
In football, the Cougars beat Stanford, 33-17, to improve to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play. Senior safety Husain Abdullah was named as the conference's defensive player of the week.
In men's hoop, 9th-ranked Wazzu won their season opener over Eastern Washington and beat Boise State to remain undefeated on the year at 2-0.
In soccer, the Cougars lost to top-ranked UCLA but defeated 4th-ranked USC to finish their season at 11-5-3 overall and 4-4-1 in the Pac-10.
In women's hoop, the Cougars lost their season opener to Portland and then lost to Santa Clara to fall to 0-2 overall on the year.
In volleyball, WSU was swept by California and Stanford to fall to 9-19 overall and 0-14 in conference play.
In football, the Trojans defeated California, 24-17, to improve to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Running back Chauncey Washington was named as the conference's offensive player of the week.
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