If you didn’t see Saturday night’s Wisconsin Badgers vs. Arizona State Sun Devils game, you missed out on one of the biggest referee mistakes of all-time. Okay, so it wasn’t that the game was a championship matchup with a trophy and bragging rights on the line, but the referees cheated the Badgers out of a win — big time.
The Badgers were down 32-30 with 18 seconds left and driving down the field, inside Arizona State’s 20-yard line. Wisconsin had no timeouts left and decided to get the ball directly in-between the hashmarks on the field to set up an easy straight-on field goal for the kicker to win it. However, quarterback Joel Stave took the snap, ran to the middle of the field and quickly took a knee and put the ball on the ground. It took about three seconds off the clock.
What came next was something completely unexpected:
As you could see, Arizona State players jumped on the ball, thinking that Stave didn’t take a knee and the referee allowed the clock to run down and hit zero, without giving Wisconsin a chance to spike the ball. It was the epitome of a fail on the refs’ part. What’s even worse is that they didn’t even review the play to put more time back on the clock.
Jen Bielema, wife of head coach Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema, took to Twitter to add insult to injury following the controversial Badgers’ loss.
— Jen Bielema (@jenbielema) September 15, 2013
This alludes to the fact that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez was recently quoted saying that no one was sorry that Bielema left the program. In case you don’t know, Bret Bielema left the Badgers prior to their Rose Bowl appearance in 2012 to take the head coaching position at Arkansas.
He is known as a ‘punk’ coach and apparently his wife has the same mindset and personality.
Classy move, Jen.