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Pac-12: Targeting suspension tossed

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California defensive lineman Chris McCain was reinstated by the Pac-12 Conference after league officials ruled he was ejected without cause from Saturday's loss to Northwestern.

McCain was penalized for roughing the passer and ejected for targeting, which carries a suspension of one half of the team's next game when the violation occurs in the second half. The rescinded suspension allows McCain to play all four quarters against Portland State.

"Kudos to those guys for recognizing there was a mistake and correcting it," coach Sonny Dykes said of the ruling.

The Pac-12 said in a press release that the penalty, which carries an automatic booth review, was not reviewed because of "a technical failure and resulting breakdown in communication." In the statement, the Pac-12 said it disciplined the replay crew and determined that McCain "should've been reinstated into the game."

The roughing the passer penalty was warranted, according to the Pac-12, which confers with the national coordinator of officiating.

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