Wisconsin Badgers Lose to Arizona State Sundevils Amidst Controversy
The controversy began when Badgers were down 32-30, and they were driving in the last minute of the game. Their quarterback, Joel Stave, tried to take a knee with 14 seconds to go in order to line up a potential game-winning field goal and just gave himself up on a play.
After the play was over with, there was an player from the Sun Devils covering the ball. In almost any other instance, this would have been viewed as defensive delay of game and the clock would have been stopped, plus the Badgers would have advanced the ball five yards as well since the whistle was blown, calling the previous play dead.
However, the Badgers never got a chance to kick that game-winning field goal since the officials were confused in what they should do next, and the clocked kept running. Eventually when Wisconsin lined up to stop the clock, it expired and the officials ran off the field announcing the game was over.
While it’s unlikely the NCAA will do anything about the ending of the game, they could do something to the officials, like a demotion or even a termination. It should be interesting to see what, if anything, becomes of this controversial ending to a potentially important game, especially if the team is either snubbed of a major bowl game or possibly a BCS Bowl game.