Arizona State pulled off the upset in front of their home fans, however their victory over Wisconsin probably did not happen in the way they had envisioned. The 32-30 victory was a back and fourth game throughout, but the end of the game saw such a bizarre chain of events that the conclusion left a confused and empty feeling instead of the normal excitement.
After the Badger defense got a much needed stop and forced the Sun Devils to give the ball back with about a minute to play in the fourth quarter.
Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave led his Badgers down the Sun Devil field to the 15 yard line for what would have been a game winning field goal.
This is where things got weird.
In an attempt to center the ball to create a straight on shot for his kicker, Stave took a knee in the middle of the field. However, as you will see in the video, he set the ball down as he knelt in an awkward fashion.
Arizona State linebacker Anthony Jones jumped on the ball and claimed that Stave had set the ball down and not actually declared himself down by touching his knee to the turf, making it a fumble.
The referees were confused as to what exactly had ensued, and took their time before ultimately deciding that Stave had in fact declared himself down and spotting the football. This did not leave Wisconsin with enough time to spike the ball to stop the clock and get their field goal team onto the field to attempt the winning kick.
Arizona State defeated Wisconsin 32-30 as a result of the incredibly strange ending. You can watch a video of the play below.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express