Rocky Mountain College has forfeited its Aug. 31 game against the Southern Oregon University football team, adding another win to the Raiders' season.
The 10th-ranked Bears originally won what was the first conference game of the season for both teams, 35-30, in Grants Pass. Rocky, however, used an ineligible player in the contest and the Billings, Mont.-based private school self-reported the violation to the NAIA this week, the Frontier Conference announced Tuesday.
With the win, Southern Oregon improves to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Raiders, who cracked the NAIA rankings this week at No. 22 after their fourth straight win, are now tied for first place in the conference with Carroll College, which is ranked seventh in the NAIA.
Montana Western will be at Raider Stadium for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
The Rocky player in question was not enrolled in the minimum number of credits required by the NAIA to be considered a full-time student. Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson said in a press release that "this issue is strictly clerical in nature and that there was no intent to deceive anyone nor to gain a competitive advantage on the playing field."
The Bears (5-2, 4-2) drop to third place with the loss. Rocky has notified the NAIA that it is "looking into appealing" the forfeit, according the Frontier Conference's press release.