Pac-12 Acknowledges Officiating Error in UCLA Game
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference acknowledged an error in officiating during the UCLA v. Hawai’i game on Saturday, September 9.
With 5:21 remaining in the first quarter, the game officials and replay officials missed a targeting penalty that should have been called on Hawai’i. The play in question was in direct violation of rule 9-1-4 (Targeting and Making Forcible Contact to Head or Neck Area of a Defenseless Player).
Additionally, during the UCLA v. Hawaii broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, the play in question was erroneously described by the Pac-12’s head of officiating.
Eliminating contact to the head and neck area of defenseless opponents is a critical safety rule and the Pac-12 stands behind those rules and protecting student-athletes. The Pac-12 will continue to work with its officials to ensure that they are diligent in enforcing player-safety rules.