Walnut Creek, CA (Sports Network) – The officials from Saturday’s contest
between Wisconsin and Arizona State have been reprimanded for failing to
properly administer the end of game situation and act with appropriate urgency on the game’s final play, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
With time winding down and the Badgers trailing by two, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave tried to place the ball in the center of the field for a potential game-winning field goal.
It appeared that Stave took a knee before putting the ball down, but an
Arizona State player jumped on top of the ball claiming it was a fumble. The
clock kept running, though, and the refs failed to make a decision.
After scrambling to the line of scrimmage, the Badgers were unable to get a
play off before time expired.
“This was an unusual situation to end the game,” Scott said in a statement on Monday. “After a thorough review, we have determined that the officials fell short of the high standard in which Pac-12 games should be managed. We will continue to work with all our officials to ensure this type of situation never occurs again.”
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