Update: The Pacific 12 has announced that the officiating crew has been reprimanded.
A bizarre ending at Tempe, as Wisconsin is unable to spike the ball and stop the clock, which would have enabled the Badgers to try a game-winning field goal. The clock runs out, the Pacific 12 officiating crew runs off the field and Arizona State wins, 32-30.
Below is an image from Chris Kalohn, which appears to show Wisky QB Joel Stave with his knee on the ground. (Click the image to enlarge.) One thing is clear: Listen for the whistle immediately after Stave put the ball down. That signals the play is over. Just saying, folks. I think the discussion starts from that point.
One more look at the knee from Mike Hall:
But again, the knee isn't as important as the whistle, which signals the play dead. The umpire was slow to spot the ball after the Arizona State players piled on it. The umpire is in a tough spot. He likely didn't see Stave's knee touch and was slow to react after the Sun Devils jumped on the ball. But every official is part of a team and the referee, who likely blew the whistle, could have stepped in.
Remember, officials make errors like the rest of us. Yes, it's a tough loss for Wisconsin and Badger fans are angry, but imagine how the officials must feel.