Pac-10 referee suspended for missed call

A Pac-10 official who worked the USC-Oregon State game Saturday was suspended by the conference for missing an obvious facemask penalty, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

The official, whose name was not released by the Pac-10, was suspended one game for failing to throw a flag after USC safety Taylor Mays seemed to rip the helmet off the Beavers’ James Rodgers on a 7-yard touchdown 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.”