TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave ran to the left, started to put his knee down and placed the ball on the ground, thinking he had set up the Badgers for a potential game-winning field goal over Arizona State.
Instead, he set off a whirlwind of confusion.
Marion Grice ran for four touchdowns, but Arizona State's 32-30 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday night will be remembered for Stave's play and the chaos it caused.
"I've never seen anything like that in college football, ever," Arizona State cornerback Osahon Irabor said.
Here's how it went down:
After struggling with miscues and missed opportunities most of the game, Arizona State (2-0) went ahead 32-24 after Grice scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds of the third quarter and runs of 2 and 12 yards in the fourth.
Wisconsin (2-1) answered with a scoring drive of its own, setting up Melvin Gordon for his second touchdown run, a 1-yarder that pulled the Badgers within 32-30 after their 2-point conversion failed.
After an Arizona State drive stalled, Wisconsin took over at its 17-yard line with 1:36 left. The Badgers moved quickly down the field, thanks to a 51-yard completion to Jeff Duckworth, and had the ball at Arizona State's 13 with 18 seconds left.
With the ball on the right hash mark, Stave took a snap and ran left toward the center of the field to set up the potential game-winning field goal. Stave started to kneel, but ran into one of his offensive linemen and awkwardly placed the ball on the ground before quickly bouncing back up.
Players from both teams stood around for a few seconds in confusion and Arizona State's players tried to dive on the ball, but the officials pointed to the ground, appearing to say it was a dead ball.
Realizing the clock was still running, Wisconsin's players scrambled back to the line of scrimmage with about 2 seconds left. They weren't able to get a last snap off before the clock went off, sending Arizona State's players streaming off the field in joy.
Stave and the rest of Wisconsin's players and coaches tried to argue the call, but the officials trotted off the field, leaving the Badgers stunned.
Gordon finished with 193 yards on 15 carries.
Taylor Kelly hit 29 of 51 passes — many of those on back-shoulder throws along the sideline — for 352 yards and a touchdown for the Sun Devils, who are 9-0 all-time against the Big Ten at Sun Devil Stadium.
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