Reaction by the Oregon State football team to the Pacific-10 Conference's one-game suspension of a game official who missed a personal foul penalty was positive.

Coach Mike Riley didn't comment about the official who ignored the clothesline by Taylor Mays on James Rodgers, but he was pleased by the action of first-year commissioner Larry Scott.

"It was fairly unique," Riley said. "I think it was a definitive call by the commissioner. What he said in the release was right."

Scott said: "We have taken this action in light of the blatant and dangerous nature of the missed call."

Rodgers hadn't heard about the official being suspended, and didn't care. He was politically correct and said officials can't see everything.

There were ramifications from the hit. Rodgers suffered a cracked tooth from the incident. He was at the dentist Tuesday morning to get it fixed.

"He was just trying to make a play, and my helmet came off," Rodgers said. "He apologized there. It's OK. There's no animosity from me. It's cool."

Rodgers was shaken up after the play and needed to be checked out on the sidelines. He was poked in the eye, too, but didn't react in vengeance.

"Coach Riley always tells us to keep our composure, and that's what I did," Rodgers said.

Backup options

One of the ongoing searches the Beavers go on each year, and rarely find, is a backup running back. After seven games this season they've found two.

Jovan Stevenson has played well with a 4.4-yard average a carry on 16 attempts. Now Ryan McCants came back from offseason knee surgery last week with two carries for 10 yards.

"They both made some plays," Riley said. "They ran hard. They are ready to go. It's good to have those guys. They bring a little different stuff to the table."

McCants impressed the medical and training staffs with his rehab, and Riley liked his determination to come back from an ACL tear in spring practice.

"I'm very impressed with that young man," Riley said. "He set records in rehab. He was obsessed with getting back. And then he played with reckless abandon in the game."

Injury update

Defensive tackle Mitchel Hunt (knee) is out for the year, Riley said.

Jacquizz Rodgers (ankle) and James Rodgers (knee) will ease into practice and are expected to play Saturday against UCLA.

Wide receiver Geno Munoz (hip) is questionable for the game.

Red zone action

The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in red zone scoring percentage at 93.3 percent, and are tied for 10th in the nation. They have scored on 28 of 30 attempts, 21 touchdowns and seven field goals.

Tough teams

The three losses this season have been to top-25 teams. No. 4 USC, No. 23 Arizona and No. 5 Cincinnati have a combined record of 18-3.

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