Wisconsin followed Grice's fourth touchdown by pulling off a fake punt on a 75-yard scoring drive capped by Gordon, but trailed by 2 after Stave was hit from behind by Carl Bradford and threw an incomplete pass on the 2-point conversion.

The Badgers forced Arizona State to punt on its next drive and seemed to be in position to pull out a tough road victory with a quick-hitting drive, but instead left with a tough-to-take loss punctuated by the strange ending.

"I do want an explanation," Andersen said. "It's gut wrenching when you have to learn some things and take away opportunities from these kids."