Originally posted on Fanster  |  Last updated 9/21/13
I still don’t understand the ending of tonights Arizona State Wisconsin Badgers game. And I’m sure I’m not alone. When all the dust had settled, the Sun Devils had emerged victorious against the #20 ranked Wisconsin Badgers 32-30. In perhaps one of the most bizarre endings to a college football game, sent over 66,000 fans home shaking their heads. With :18 seconds left in the game and setting up for a game ending field goal, Wisconsin QB Joel Stave though he downed the ball and was ready to cholk the ball. A confused referee group and an anxious Sun Devil Defense combined to watch the clock continue to run out for the Sun Devil victory. This was one of those games that should have never come down to the final seconds. Hindsight would reveal a game that the Sun Devils were trying to lose. Between a muffed punt that was recovered for a Badger score, an 80 yard run to start the second half for Wisconsin, too many dropped passes by ASU and questionable play calling by the Devils, it was shocking they pulled out the victory. The Badgers (2-1) ran, ran and ran the ball as expected for a total of 247 yards with Melvin Gordon leading the way with 196. ASU’s Marion Grice put up his own flashy numbers with 88 yards and four touchdowns. The game started with a 13 play 72 yard drive Sun Devil that stalled on the Badger three yard line. Going for it on fourth down was not a bad call, but the drop by wide out Kevin Ozier in the endzone did hurt. The quarter ended ASU 3 Wisconsin 0. Early in the second quarter was disastrous for the Devils as they allowed the Badgers to go up 7-3 on a two yard pass to Jacob Pedersen. ASU’s next drive resulted in a muffed punt and instead of knocking the ball out or falling on it in the endzone, punter Dom Vizzare just kind of rumbled and stumbled around allowing Wisconsin to fall on it for a score to go up 14-3. ASU didn’t give in as they marched downfield 75 yards on the ensuing drive for the first of four touchdowns by Grice. ASU missed another touchdown opportunity at the end of the half, but this time they put up a three spot to head into the half down 14-13. Between the 80 yard Gordon run to start the half and ASU going for a two point conversion in the 3rd quarter, ASU should have felt lucky to only be down 21-19 going into the 4th quarter. The fourth quarter featured two schools that slugged it out in the heat . Both teams pounded the ball up until the fateful last seconds moments. Whether or not Wisconsin got the raw end of the deal, it made for some interesting football. Post game featured several players as well as Coach Graham talking about the bizarre ending. Coach took ownership on a lot of the questionable calls, but he still defended his decisions. Penalties and turnovers were both sticking points for Coach as he fully admitted they got lucky with this victory. While the ending was the main topic, everyone was directing their attention the the next game at Stanford.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Saints GM: Drew Brees’ contract situation is not a ‘distraction’

Tim Tebow: ‘I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in’

Olympic athletes warned about Rio's 'human crap' waters

T.J. Ward: Broncos defense doesn’t care who’s playing QB

Tokyo already dealing with rising costs for 2020 Olympics

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd carted off practice field

Report: Bills and Tyrod Taylor continue to talk extension

Report: Title contender planning to poach Curry from Warriors

Fitzpatrick on negotiations: I wouldn’t wish it on anybody

NBA players to fund health insurance for former players

Report: Geno Smith 'intent' on beating out Ryan Fitzpatrick

Royals want to package Ian Kennedy, Wade Davis in trades

The new era of WWE SmackDown has liftoff

Vlade Divac: Cousins ‘most dominant player in the world’

Wild offer to make Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' new goal song

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

Canucks don't dismiss acquiring player with past issues

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

Six potential landing spots for Nick Foles

Jack Nicklaus puzzled by Tiger Woods' woes, golf absence

Brown responds to Marshall's high-stakes challenge

Seven most mind-boggling NFL contracts of 2016

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the Red Sox’s MVP?

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker