Posted September 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Feel free to question Arizona State's controversial victory last week. As far as coach Todd Graham is concerned, his team earned it. Facing No. 5 Stanford on the road in both teams' Pac-12 opener Saturday presents a new set of challenges, though, as the 23rd-ranked Sun Devils continue a tough start to their schedule. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave appeared to put his team in position to attempt a winning field goal as he took a knee between the hash marks in the closing seconds Saturday. After going down and quickly bouncing back up, however, Stave placed the ball on the ground causing confusion between the teams as Graham shouted to his players to jump on the ball in case it was ruled a fumble. Meanwhile, the clocked kept running, the officials failed to restart play in an efficient manner and Arizona State (2-0) held on for a 32-30 victory over the then-No. 20 Badgers as time expired. Though Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott issued an admission of the officials' er...
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