The Wisconsin Badgers entered Saturday’s action in great shape, having given up no points through their first two wins, but now find themselves with an early-season loss after losing a wild one in the desert last night.
With 18 seconds remaining in the game, the Badgers had gotten into field goal range, but were still on the right hash mark. To center the ball, quarterback Joel Stave ran to the middle of the field, took a knee and placed the ball down. So far, so good.
However, the Badgers would see the clock run all the way down from about 14 seconds to zero after officials took what seemed like an eternity to spot the ball. Officials had contradictory explanations of the play after the game, and the Badgers were robbed of what would have been a 32- or 33-yard field goal attempt to win the game 33-32.
While we obvious tend to cheer against the Leader Division member Badgers, it’s certainly worth at least acknowledging that they were taken of a win. The Badgers were, in all likelihood, not going to compete for the National Championship anyway, so it doesn’t necessarily impact their hopes of reaching that game, however, it’s certainly troubling to have that extra loss for a team that figures to contend for the Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championship Game.
Here’s a video of the play: