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Chris Petersen says benching Marcus Peters was 'really easy' decision

The play resulted in a sack, and should have given Eastern Washington a 4th-and-long, forcing the Eagles to punt and give the ball back to the Huskies offense midway through the third quarter.

But after Shaq Thompson dropped EWU quarterback Vernon Adams in the backfield, Huskies cornerback Marcus Peters got into a jawing match with an Eagles receiver and was subsequently flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that gave EWU a gift first down.

For that, Peters was benched. And the Eagles used his mistake to score a touchdown eight plays later on a 4th-and-3 play from UW's 22-yard line.

"I’m not into the stupid penalties," coach Chris Petersen said after the Huskies' wild 59-52 victory at Husky Stadium. "And it’s really easy for me; it’s not even an issue whether a guy is going to play or not. You don’t play how we want you to play? You’re not playing. It’s not even a decision for me. It’s easy.”

Travell Dixon replaced Peters, the Huskies' best defensive back, for the rest of the game.