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Adventures in WAC officiating.

I'm just curious, go back and take a look at the Hawaii game film. Watch Boise State's 1st play of their second drive (after the false start). It's a swing pass to Martin. Hiwat was blocking the corner, and while engaged with his defender, got entirely blown up by a helmet to helmet hit from his blind side. Now, other than the fact that Hiwat thankfully popped back up with no apparent injury, what exactly was different about that hit and the one in the Oregon State game that got Venable suspended? They are virtually the same exact play: wide receiver engaged in blocking down field, linebacker pursuing the ball carrier, collision between the two players approaches, linebacker sees it at the last moment and lowers his head, wide receiver never sees it coming. I know a lot of people here probably didn't like the Venable suspension in the first place, but they have to establish some consistency here. If they're going to penalize in one case, they have to penalize in the other. It seems to me that if Hiwat had been down and out and we'd seen the play in gruesome slow motion a hundred times, then we would have seen a suspension. Instead we had the color commentator laughing about "laying the wood," and no one thought twice about the play.  

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