Pac-12 Reprimands Officials Who Botched End Of Wisconsin-ASU Game

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is sanctioning the crew that officiated Saturday's disaster of a game at Arizona State for "failing to properly administer the end of game situation."

Scott's statement alleges the crew's performance "fell short of the high standard in which Pac-12 games should be managed," which we find amusing because Pac-12 games have never been managed at a high standard. After all, this is the conference that featured bounty-offering basketball refs and an independent study that contradicted itself on the existence of said bounties.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten is going about its business considering it a win for the Badgers.

Wisconsin-Arizona State Game Ends In Bizarre Fashion

With time winding down and Wisconsin facing a two-point deficit tonight in Tempe, the Badgers attempted to set themselves up for a game-winning field goal attempt. That attempt never came, though whether that's their own fault, the officials', or Arizona State's is still unclear.

One thing is for sure: Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave did not take the most optimal action in trying to stop the play and set up a spike attempt. Instead of clearly kneeling, Stave simply crouched and set the football down on the ground. While you can see an official waving the play dead (and Stave's knee, at one point, does touch the ground), Arizona State players fell on the ball, wasting several seconds. The umpire then took an additional number of seconds spotting the ball, leaving no time on the clock and the Sun Devils with a stunning victory.

NCAA rules no longer allow quarterbacks to spike the ball with less than three seconds remaining, but if the play had been immediately called dead and the ball spotted they'd have had that much time.

Should Arizona State have been flagged for delay of game? Probably, but it wasn't adequately communicated to them that the play was dead. Everybody shares a bit of blame, and I'm sure we'll hear plenty about who deserves the most over the next few days.

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