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Pac-12 reprimands officials after Wisconsin loss at Arizona State

September 16, 2013|By Chris Dufresne

As expected, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on Monday officially reprimanded the officiating crew for "failing to properly administer" the end of Saturday's Wisconsin at Arizona State game in Tempe.

ASU escaped with a 32-30 win when Wisconsin was unable to spike the ball in time to set up the potential game-winning field goal.

It was an unusual finish, to say the least. Wisconsin had the ball at the ASU 13 with 18 seconds left when quarterback Joel Stave took the snap in an attempt to center the ball on the field for his kicker.

With no timeouts left, Stave took a quick knee and then placed the ball where he thought it should be spotted. An Arizona State player thought it was a live ball and jumped on it.

The clock expired before the ball could be reset. Scott said in a statement, "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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