Arizona State, Wisconsin football to face off for first time since controversial 2013 game
The Arizona State and Wisconsin football teams will face off in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 30.
It will be the first time the teams have played since a very controversial ending between the two on Sept. 15, 2013.
ASU won that game over No. 18 Wisconsin, 32-30, but the final 18 seconds of it were all that was talked about in the aftermath of the victory.
The Arizona Republic game story from that night summed up the controversy.
"Wisconsin, trailing by two with no timeouts, drove 70 yards in just over a minute, setting up a first down on ASU's 13 yard line. On the first play, quarterback Joel Stave ran left and downed the ball, his right knee touching the grass. Stave then set down the ball on the 15. An official blew his whistle, ruling the play dead.
"The Sun Devils, however, didn't think Stave downed the football. When the quarterback placed the ball on the ground, senior linebacker Anthony Jones pounced on it. He stayed on top of the ball for seven seconds, time running off the clock. The Pac-12 officials did little to try and speed up the process. Wisconsin, too, was surprisingly patient given the situation.
"Stave didn't appear to even notice the clock until three seconds remained. And when he did, the umpire held out his arm as if to tell the Badgers to wait. That's all it took.
Then Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen told reporters at the time: "We snapped the ball with 18 seconds left, we (downed) it with 15 seconds left and we never got a chance to snap it again. I don't know how that happens."
Then ASU coach Todd Graham shared these thoughts: "It's hard to see. But from my side, the quarterback goes to try and basically take a knee. From the end zone (angle) it looks like his knee might have been down. From the wide (angle) it looks like he's not. What he did, he slipped, so he kind of jerked. Whether he got down or didn't get down, he caused some confusion because their (right tackle) is going like to get on the ball, so it caused our guys to get on the ball."
Big Ten supervisor of officials Bill Carollo later told SB Nation that the Pac-12 officials botched the play against ASU and that Wisconsin should have had another play.
Fox's Mike Pereira also said the Badgers should have received another play.
The Badgers will get their long awaited chance at revenge against the Sun Devils at the Las Vegas Bowl.
Perhaps we’ll see another crazy, controversial ending in that game?
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