Pac-12 reprimands officials over Wisconsin-Arizona State ending

Monday September 16th, 2013

The Pac-12 has "reprimanded and taken additional sanctions against" the officiating crew of Saturday's game between Wisconsin and Arizona State for its handling of the final play.

Badgers' quarterback Joel Stave ran the ball towards the center of the field with 18 seconds remaining and attempted to take a knee before placing the ball on the ground. But there was confusion as to whether Stave's knee actually touched the ground. As a result, several Sun Devil players dove on the ball as if it were a fumble. The clock ran out before a decision was made, and Wisconsin missed the chance at a game-winning field goal as Arizona State escaped with a 32-30 win.

According to the league, no one of the officiating crew "moved with appropriate urgency to clearly communicate that the ball was to be spotted so play could resume promptly."

"This was an unusual situation to end the game," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “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."

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen responded to the Pac-12's decision at his Monday press conference.

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