MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is trying to move past an excruciating and bizarre loss, and focus on its Big Ten opener against Purdue.
The No. 24 Badgers (2-1) lost 32-30 to Arizona State when officials erred in allowing the clock to expire, denying the Badgers the opportunity to attempt a possible game-winning field goal. The Pac-12 issued a statement Monday acknowledging the errors by its officiating crew, saying it has "reprimanded and taken additional sanctions against officials" in their handling of the final seconds.
"To us, it doesn't matter. It's probably the PC (politically correct) thing to do and something they had to do," said Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. "But, we don't care about that. We lost the game, so that's all we care about."
"You can't afford to dwell," Borland said. "You really don't have time, our busy schedules, the practicality of things that we need to do next Saturday, make it easy to forget about what transpired, regardless of if it was something like last week or if it would have been a game-winning kick, we'd have to move on either way."
But athletic director Barry Alvarez remains unhappy. He said on radio station 1070-AM in Madison on Monday that it didn't matter how long the loss would linger for him because he was no longer playing or coaching.
"It's going to bother me for a long time. I can't wait to see that official again," he said with a slight laugh on a podcast of the show posted on the station's website.
What would he tell the official?
"I'd rather not say," Alvarez said.
In looking for answers after the game, Alvarez said he never got a good explanation. Among responses given, Alvarez recounted on the show, was that players thought there may have been a fumble.
He stood steadfastly behind coach Gary Andersen, and praised the Badgers for doing what they were coached to do.
Alvarez said on the radio show that he thought there might be a situation where a replay official can buzz to the field if there was a problem.
"You get an apology. You get an admission that they were at fault, they made a number of mistakes. There's nothing you can do with it, but you know that you weren't wrong," Alvarez said. "Our players did the right thing, does that help our record? No. But it's closure to know what we've coached and what we've practiced.
"You want the kids to decide the game, not the officials," he said.
Andersen said he didn't expect the result of the game to be changed.
"It doesn't change the outcome obviously and, like I said earlier, I don't expect that," Andersen said. "But, it's accountability and at the end of the day, that's what we asked for."