Twitter: Reaction to crazy, confusing Wisconsin finish

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So, in the event you were sleeping in the earliest of hours Sunday morning, there was quite the crazy and confusing finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game.

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Let’s try to describe the scene: Wisconsin was deep in Arizona State territory with 18 seconds remaining, when Wisconsin QB Joel Stave took the snap and ran left toward the center of the field to set up a straight shot for the potential game-winning field goal. Problem is, when Stave took a knee, he did so awkwardly and put the ball on the turf.

Cue the confusion.

Arizona State jumped on the ball after a few seconds, thinking (hoping) the play was still live. The officials, confused themselves, took their time retrieving the ball and spotting it. All the while, the clock kept ticking, and time expired before Stave was able to spike it.

The result: Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30.

What a crazy finish. Had the Badgers been able to spike the ball, they would have had a chance to win the game on a 32-yard field goal.

Get Gary Andersen’s postgame thoughts:

Of course, Twitter exploded when all of this happened. See some of the tweets:

And what can you say about this tweet?

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Paul on 9/15/2013 @ 3:08am EDT Said:

Robbed – pure & simple ;-(

JoeW on 9/15/2013 @ 8:28am EDT Said:

Saw it live. Refs should be suspended or fired. Didn’t even take time to evaluate the situation. PAC12 needs to issue a statement that Wisconsin got screwed. It’s a shame an exciting game ended that way.

Dan on 9/15/2013 @ 9:25am EDT Said:

Only in the big ten stuff like this would happen.
Run the ball play good Defensive.
Play not to lose instead of to win.

Tony on 9/15/2013 @ 9:38am EDT Said:

Horrible officiated ending!another team from Wisconsin(packers at SanFrancisco)to lose game to officials not opponent

Kevin G. on 9/15/2013 @ 9:48am EDT Said:

That’s a terrible article. Did you watch the game? The clock was stopped because the UW player was out of bounds with 18 seconds. Why would the Badgers spike the ball at that point? And yes, they did realize the clock was ticking. But it’s hard to snap the ball when ASU players are laying on the ball for 8 seconds and the ref doesn’t try to get him up.

bob jones on 9/15/2013 @ 9:50am EDT Said:

Looks to me like the officials completely blew it, probably cost Wisconsin the win, tough way to lose. Seems like there should have been an official replay to see if there should have been any time put back on the clock.

Doug on 9/15/2013 @ 9:53am EDT Said:

have to remember, French still had to make the FG and he’s been struggling, but still…..

Shane Grams on 9/15/2013 @ 9:56am EDT Said:

I would of spiked the ball to assure that the clock wouldn’t run out. That is why you never leave your fate in the hands of the referee’ s. Hard way to learn a lesson. One more thing, don’t they also say that ref ‘s don’t win or lose games? Now, we all know that they really can make it end however they want.

Carol on 9/15/2013 @ 10:18am EDT Said:

If that IS Jen Bielema…..that is completely classless.

Michael Hammond on 9/15/2013 @ 3:03pm EDT Said:

It all comes down to: you shouldn’t put yourself in that situation.Prior to that play there were 59 minutes and 42 seconds to win the game. Had your chance, muffed it.🙂

Timothy Drieslein on 9/15/2013 @ 7:31pm EDT Said:

Great commentary Michael, when your team loses due to poor officiating, we’ll just tell you that the team muffed it, nice. You don’t spike the ball with 18 seconds on the clock, you spike it with 3-5 seconds so the other team can’t score on a kick off. Watch any close game, ANY!!!! That is how they handle the end of a game. Bye the way, I’ve seen delay of game at least 10 times called for a penalty at the end of a game for the defense holding the ball. It happens a lot, the official has to make the call. Also, there’s a new invention in sports that has been out for a few years. It’s called instant replay, it is designed so that officials can get it right and ensure a mistake which we all make won’t cost a team the game. Worst display I’ve ever seen in watching college football.

Ted Robinson on 9/15/2013 @ 9:54pm EDT Said:

After watching Pac-whatever??? football for over thirty-five years, this does not surprise me. This conference I believe has the worst officials in college football. And, are blatantly one-sided against non-conference foes.

Ed Fox on 9/15/2013 @ 10:42pm EDT Said:

It’s this simple, the Referees blew it, Stave was in a hurry of course, but he still got his knee down with about 14 seconds to go. The ball is dead and ASU jumping on it constitutes a delay of game penalty. So Stave did what he should have done, put his knee to the ground to center the ball. Wisconsin, then was trying to line up, but since the referees just stood there and watched ASU jump and stay on top of the ball for another 8 or 9 seconds they in fact decided that ASU would win the game right then and there. Truly they should be ashamed of themselves. As should anyone trying to hold up any fact that it’s okay, x#$X happens and that’s the breaks. Luck good and bad happens. Theft of fairness is deliberate and correctable.

John Kiekhaefer on 9/15/2013 @ 11:58pm EDT Said:

When they lined up to snap it with 18 seconds left, I said “you have to kick it now”. If you think it through, there was not enough time left. The officials are not obligated to hurry and the other team is not obligated to line up.

Mark on 9/16/2013 @ 3:27am EDT Said:

Wisconsin didn’t lose because of the horribly botched ref job (which it undeniably was). No, the Badgers lost because they played badly against a team that was doing everything in its power to lose the game. I swear, I began to think ASU was taking a dive in this game. The botched punt, the stupid penalties, the horrendous tackling, the inexplicable calling of pass plays on their last drive when they should have been chewing clock… all of it was mind-boggling. And yet, in spite of all of that Sun Devil incompetence, Wisconsin was the one down by 2 and the position to lose as it did. If ever there was a game where it was possible for both teams to lose, this would be it. They both deserved it.

JayB on 9/16/2013 @ 11:10am EDT Said:

For all those saying it shouldn’t have come to this: Yes, games are played for 60 minutes. Sometimes they are won or lost in the last minute.

Silver Lining: Frenchie would probably have missed the FG (he stinks). Now we’ll never know, but we still get to complain about being screwed.

Adam eyes on 9/16/2013 @ 1:55pm EDT Said:

Why is no one saying they were PAC 12 refs, or that the spots were slanted all day as well…

This was a tragedy for the whole sport.

Bill on 9/16/2013 @ 2:32pm EDT Said:

If you don’t take a knee……FUMBLE!!!

Bill on 9/16/2013 @ 4:42pm EDT Said:

Those saying that the Badgers didn’t deserve to win would do well to realize that the team that scores the most points deserves the W. The Badgers were denied the chance to do that but a homer ref job.

They may not have played as well as some of us hoped but they still had the victory all but sewn up. Even French could’ve made that FG. In the end it’s how many points you score, not how many sacks you got or how many yards you did or didn’t give up that counts.