Pereira: Wisconsin should've had another play

Pereira: Amid confusion in final moments of ASU's win, officials should have stopped clock.

I know you've all seen or done this ...

You're driving and there's a crash on the other side of the road, and you can't help but look. And sometimes what you see can make you sick in the pit of your stomach.

Well, there was a train wreck in Tempe late Saturday night at the end of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game.

While there was much confusion on the field -- and blame to go around -- the bottom line is this: Wisconsin should have gotten another play, and the new rule regarding snapping the ball with two seconds or less does apply.

Here was the situation:

Wisconsin trailed Arizona State 32-30 but had driven 70 yards on six straight completions by quarterback Joel Stave in about a minute and a half to get in position to attempt a game-winning field goal.

On the next play, a first-and-10 from the Arizona State 13-yard line with 18 seconds left, Stave took the snap, quickly ran to the middle of the field and, even quicker than that, dropped to a knee and put the ball on the ground.

Now, cue up the screeching sound of a train putting on its brakes.

After Stave put the ball on the ground, a few Sun Devils jumped on the ball. The clock continued to tick down, and there was no sense of urgency on anybody's part — Wisconsin's to line up and snap the ball,  Arizona State's to get off the ball and even the officials to get the ball set up so it could get snapped.

In the end, here's what I think should have happened: Since the officials ruled Stave was down, they should have recognized that Arizona State had jumped on the dead ball and was keeping the umpire from getting everybody in position for the next play. At this point, it would have been appropriate to stop the clock since ASU was causing this delay. Wisconsin should have been given the chance to spike the ball and attempt the game-winning field goal.

I hate to see any game end in such a controversial manner.

Like I said earlier, there was plenty of blame to go around.

But in the end, Arizona State bedeviled Wisconsin -- and the officials.


Arizona State maintains Joel Stave never took a knee before the clock ran out. Here's what FOX Sports Arizona's Rusty Francisco captured with his video camera.


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