Pac-12 says Stanford-Cal crew erred

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 Conference says its replay crew made two errors during Stanford's 38-17 win at Cal on Saturday.

The officiating crew overturned a Cal touchdown on three consecutive plays in the third quarter. The conference said in an email statement late Monday night that there was not enough evidence to overturn the second and third TD calls made by officials on the field.

The Pac-12 said the "replay crew will be held accountable for the errors through the Conference's disciplinary process."

On the first two plays, Luke Rubenzer appeared to run for scores only to be ruled down just shy of the goal line. After a personal foul on the second run backed Cal up 15 yards, Jared Goff appeared to complete a touchdown pass to Kenny Lawler, but that also was overturned when the replay crew ruled Lawler did not complete the catch.

Cal, which trailed 31-7 at the time, had to settle for a field goal. Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes said after the game that he thought the overturned TD calls were "shameful."

On Tuesday, Dykes called what happened "frustrating" but commended the Pac-12 for admitting the officiating errors.

"We live in a world as football coaches of high accountability," Dykes said in a conference call. "We're judged every day on radio and in newspapers and in magazines and we have to respond to people and we have to talk to the press and we have to talk to alums and donors and so there is a high level of accountability on our part of coaches. It's the world we live in, it's the world we understand and we understand that when we get into it. And I think you want the same level of accountability with people that support your programs with the conference.

"I was pleased to see the Pac-12 respond and take action. It showed they take officiating very seriously and they want to be as good as the conference is on the field. They want it to be that way from an officiating standpoint. I think that was encouraging."

Information from's Kyle Gemmell and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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