Photos by Connor Radnovich
Possibly the strangest 18 seconds of college football anyone will see this season decided the victor of Saturday’s game between Arizona State and Wisconsin.
ASU found themselves on the right end of one of the most confusing last plays in recent memory, giving them the 32-30 upset of No. 20 Wisconsin.
With a two-point lead, the Sun Devils were faced with nearly guaranteed defeat as the Badgers held the ball on ASU’s 13-yard line. Wisconsin tried to move the ball to the middle of the field to make the expected field goal attempt easier. The Badgers’ quarterback Joel Stave took a quick knee, stood up and put the ball on the ground, thinking the play had been called dead.
Chaos ensued after the play when ASU defenders jumped on the football, thinking Stave had put the ball on the ground and not properly kneeled. Stave began discussing the previous play with the referee while ASU defenders continued to lie on the ball, thinking it was a fumble.
It wasn’t until there were two seconds left in the game that Stave realized the clock was still running. He tried to spike the ball to stop the clock, but time ran out. ASU players stormed the field as Stave and other Wisconsin players argued with referees.
The win gave ASU its ninth victory over a Big Ten opponent at home and launched the Sun Devils into AP’s Top 25 rankings at No. 23.
“I am proud of our players. I am so proud of our fans coming out and blacking this thing out. They were rocking all night long,” Coach Todd Graham said after the game. “This senior class, they have something special. I have seen some things tonight that I haven’t seen since I have been here — character, toughness.”
ASU travels to Palo Alto, Calif. this weekend to face No. 5 Stanford.
Written by Troy Lopez