TEMPE, Ariz. — Trying to get into better position for a winning field-goal attempt, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave triggered a wave of confusion that lingered long after Arizona State's 32-30 win Saturday night.
"I've seen some things tonight I haven't seen," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said.
Wisconsin had first down at the Arizona State 13 with 18 seconds left and the ball sitting on the right hash line. With no timeouts, Stave took the snap and tried to maneuver the ball to the middle of the field to get a better angle for the kicker.
Stave stumbled a bit behind the back of a lineman's leg and appeared to quickly down the ball with his right knee. Stave's mistake was not giving the ball to an official but setting it on the ground. Arizona State players pounced on what they thought was a live ball, the clock kept running, and the Badgers were unable to line up in time to spike the ball. An official briefly held the Badgers at the line of scrimmage, costing them even more time.
"We just jumped on it," Arizona State safety Alden Darby said. "And I guess time ran out so we won. I was confused back there."
He wasn't alone.
After gathering briefly on the field, the Pac-12 officials trotted off past the stunned Badgers.
"It was a shame it went down the way it went down at the end, and that's really all I want to say about it," said Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who got no response after asking for an explanation.
Wisconsin approached Big Ten officials supervisor Bill Carollo about the final play and was told Sunday that the Pac-12 officials did not handle the sequence properly, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said. "All I know is they botched it," Alvarez said. Pac-12 spokesman Erik Hardenbergh told cbssports.com via email that the league reviews officiating calls each Monday.
tide stays no. 1: Nebraska fell out of the Associated Press poll, but the top of the rankings was unchanged after No. 1 Alabama won at Texas A&M.
The Cornhuskers, No. 23 last week, lost 41-21 to visiting UCLA. Since Nebraska's record 348 consecutive poll appearances ended in 2002, there have been only two seasons (2010, '11) in which the Cornhuskers have been ranked every week, starting in the preseason.
oklahoma: Blake Bell was named starting QB for the next game, Sept. 28 at Notre Dame.
MISSISSIPPI 44, TEXAS 23: Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 73-yard punt return for the visiting Rebels. The Longhorns, who gave up 550 yards rushing in their opening loss to BYU, surrendered 274 rushing Saturday.
N'WESTERN 38, W. MICH. 17: Treyvon Green rushed for 158 yards and two TDs, quarterback Kain Colter ran for 106 yards and a score and passed for another, and the host Wildcats gained 474 yards — 335 on the ground.