UPDATED Monday, September 16, 2013 --- 3:12 p.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Pac-12 Conference has reprimanded the officials for their handling of the closing seconds in Saturday's game between Wisconsin and Arizona State.
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.
The Badgers tried to run a final play, but ran out of time and lost 32-30.
The Pac-12 said the officials did not quickly communicate that the ball was to be spotted so play could resume promptly.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Monday, September 16, 2013 --- 1:02 p.m.
The Pac-12 Commissioner has reprimanded and taken additional sanctions against officials in Saturday night's Wisconsin at Arizona State game.
According to a report on the Pac-12 website, the reprimands and sanctions are for failing to properly administer the end of game situation and act with appropriate urgency on the game's final play.
With 18 seconds remaining in the game, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave ran the ball toward the center of the field, touched his knee to the ground and then placed the ball on the ground.
There was confusion over whether Stave had taken a knee, given himself up or fumbled the ball.
Several Arizona State players considered the ball live and a fumble, and attempted to recover the ball.
Wisconsin lost the game, 32-30.
According to the Pac-12 report, neither the referee nor anyone on his crew moved with appropriate urgency to clearly communicate that the ball was to be spotted so play could resume promptly.
"This was an unusual situation to end the game," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is quoted in the report. “After a thorough review, 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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