TEMPE, Ariz. -- After the Pac-12's reprimand of officials for mishandling the end of Arizona State's 32-30 win over Wisconsin on Saturday, Arizona State coach Todd Graham on Monday defended his team's win.
"I'm proud of our guys and how they played, and they deserved to win," Graham said. "I firmly believe the best team won that game."
Graham said he had not read the Pac-12's statement -- which said officials failed to "properly administer the end of game situation and act with appropriate urgency on the game's final play" -- but was not surprised by the ruling.
"I fully expected that," Graham said. "I knew exactly what happened. There's a human element to this game. You win or you lose. We won, you go to the next deal. Obviously that was a very unusual deal."
Graham admitted to confusion over whether Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave had actually kneeled before setting the ball on the ground. Accordingly, Graham urged his players to jump on the ball. After the game, Graham insi...