Pac-12 admits mistake in final seconds of UW-ASU game
MADISON - The Pacific 12 Conference has admitted a mistake at the end of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game Saturday night.
The conference said the officials failed to act with appropriate urgency on the game's final play, when Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave took a knee at Arizona State's 15-yard line.
Stave went down awkwardly after being clipped by a teammate and plopped the ball down on the middle of the field. Neither team was sure if he was down and Arizona State players jumped on it, thinking it was a fumble.
"This was an unusual situation to end the game," Pacific 12 commissioner Larry Scott said. “After a thorough review, we have determined that the officials fell short of the high standard in which Pac-12 games should be managed."
Arizona State ended up winning the game 32-30.
"We will continue to work with all our officials to ensure this type of situation never occurs again," Scott said.
UW coach Gary Andersen told the Journal Sentinel, "It's accountability, which at the end of the day is what we asked for."