Rand: Apology, but not victory, given to Badgers

  • Article by: Michael Rand , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 6:16 AM

The Pac-12 said it's sorry for goofing up the end of the Wisconsin-Arizona State game, but that's of little solace to Badgers fans.

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sidhartmannSep. 16, 13 9:53 PM

I feel terrible about this. Poor, poor Wisconsin.

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vlombardySep. 17, 13 6:29 AM

Doesn't mean a thing for the Big 10 standings, and I'll take Wisconsin's chances over Minnesota's in that race any day. Wisconsin, btw, did not botch the final seconds. There was clearly a whistle when he put the ball down with 15 sec. Assume 5-10 sec to line up between the hash marks, spike the ball and kick the game winner. Terrible officiating ruined a perfectly good plan.

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rms316Sep. 17, 13 6:38 AM

At least they admitted their mistake. And, a big one it was. Makes no difference who's playing, nobody deserves officiating like that.

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IceMinnSep. 17, 13 9:17 AM

In "about" 1960 Minnesota played at Camp Randall with the Big Ten Championship on the line. The referees affected the outcome of that game in the closing minutes by assessing a "mysterious roughing penalty" on Bobby Bell. Bell sacked the Badger QB which should have put the ball in the Gopher hands to run out the clock and earn the Big Ten Championship. The pictures showed a clean hit. Instead of change of possession it was Bucky first down. That play was followed by another 30 or 45 yards of "protest penalties" given Minnesota which gave Wisconsin the ball for basically a free touchdown with no time on the clock for the Gophers. My point is: I have never encountered one Badger fan that was upset about that gift. And, it absolutely was a gift from the referees!

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SiouxperkevSep. 17, 1310:15 AM

Iceman: I'd apologize for that game some 50 years ago if I could (but I wasn't even born yet) C'mon man!!

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IceMinnSep. 17, 1310:38 AM

The point is Siouxperkev: refereeing can get pretty shabby! Nobody cried in the situation I described except Gopher fans. But, you must admit, if I described the situation accurately, any fan of any team would be understandably incensed because a Big Ten title was a mighty big prize back then. The Gophers were deprived of that Championship they had all but won before the referee team played God. There was only five bowl games, the Big Ten could only go to the Rose Bowl. It was a way bigger deal than Wisconsin vs Arizona State.

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noosedogSep. 17, 1310:52 AM

Calls go both ways. Truth is Bucky should never had been in position to kick in the first place. They were gifted an equally bad call on their WR stepping out of bounds on the drive that set up the final seconds of this one. If the refs get that one right instead of giving Bucky a 51 year reception they didn't deserve, this is likely a moot point. Of course there is a mix of stone silence or better yet, "Yeah but we for sure would have moved into FG position anyway" coming from the Bucky faithful.

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arramsSep. 17, 1311:28 AM

Poor Wisconsin. All I know is I hope we don't have to see the Badgers lose another Rose Bowl. Any other team would be a breath of fresh air. Even Iowa. Ok, not Iowa.

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BCanniffSep. 17, 1311:45 AM

At least Wisconsin has the confidence to schedule a BCS team and even play them on the road during the preseason. They could have just paid them off and scheduled New Mexico State instead.

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twinsfan69Sep. 17, 1311:47 AM

Maybe if Stave ACTUALLY TOOK A KNEE instead of simply dropping the ball on the ground (which was clearly a fumble, then the refs wouldn't be put in a situation where they had to wait for a possible buzz from the instant replay officials. It sucks to end a game that way, but if you are truly going to criticize the officials, criticize them for not calling the result of the final play a fumble recovered by ASU instead of whining about how long it took them to spot the ball, while keeping in Wisconsin's possession. Whether with the wrong call by the officials or the right one (FUMBLE), either way, the badgers lose.

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