BERKELEY The Pacific-12 Conference has ruled that Cal defensive end Chris McCain should not be suspended for the first half this week because a failure of the instant replay process led to his incorrect ejection.
McCain was ejected in the fourth quarter Saturday against No. 22 Northwestern for targeting. Because the penalty came in the second half, McCain was supposed to miss the first half of the upcoming game against Portland State.
But the Pac-12 said Monday that because of a technical failure of the replay process the play was never reviewed.
Ejections for targeting that are confirmed by replay are not reviewable after the game by the conference. But because this play was not reviewed in the game, the Pac-12 was allowed to look at the play and determined McCain should not have been ejected.
No. 11 Florida State 41, Pittsburgh 13 in Pittsburgh Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular debut for the Seminoles.
Winston completed 25 of 27 passes and ran for 25 yards and a score as Florida State gave the Panthers a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score, and Nick O'Leary hauled in three touchdown passes for Florida State. O'Leary is Jack Nicklaus' grandson.
Winston won the starting job during training camp, edging out Jacob Coker to become just the third freshman to start a season opener for the Seminoles.
Don't plan on him giving up the gig anytime soon.
A star outfielder on the baseball team, Winston is considered the latest in a line of two-sport threats at Florida State. The list that includes Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.
Florida Running back Matt Jones will play Saturday, and might start, for the No. 10 Gators against Miami after missing the last month with a viral infection.
Michigan Redshirt freshman running back Drake Johnson of the No. 17 Wolverines will miss the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in his first college game.