Impact: ASU falls out of top-25 after controversial last-second call

The loss may leave Sun Devil fans contemplating their allegiance to the Herm train

After struggling in the third quarter and losing on a gut-wrenching call, ASU football was upset by the San Diego State Aztecs 28-21 on Saturday.

The Sun Devils (2-1, 0-0) came into the game ranked No. 23 and receiving high praise for how the team has looked so far under first-year Head Coach Herm Edwards.

Reality quickly set in that this Sun Devils team is not close to reaching its full potential.

In a rematch of last year’s 30-20 loss, the Sun Devils had their eyes on revenge. Both teams started slow, and it wasn’t until redshirt senior quarterback Manny Wilkins threw a late first quarter touchdown to junior wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk that ASU had a moment of relief. 


ASU’s offense stalled in the third quarter as they had three-straight three-and-outs, and the Aztecs took the lead and never squandered it. 

With six seconds left in the game, Wilkins had a chance to put the Sun Devils one step closer to a comeback. Wilkins found redshirt sophomore wide receiver Frank Darby on a deep ball. Darby was hammered by an Aztec defender and he managed to hang on to the ball – or so he thought. 

It wasn’t until the referees reviewed the targeting call on the field that they saw that Darby did not have complete possession of the ball, and the Sun Devils were forced to backpedal to SDSU’s 35-yard line instead of the one-yard line. 

Wilkins tossed up a final prayer as time expired, but SDSU's defenders were able to swat the ball away and secure the victory. 

No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers lost on a missed field goal against the unranked BYU Cougars

The No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (2-1) scheduled BYU (2-1) to be their last cupcake game before heading into a tough Big-10 conference schedule. With the game in Wisconsin, no Badger supporters seemed worried about the game. 

That is until the now No. 25 Cougars redshirt senior running back Squally Canada put on a show. Canada was able to run for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the upset win against a tough Wisconsin defense. 

Wisconsin was led by their Heisman hopeful, sophomore running back, Jonathan Taylor in the back field. Taylor ran for 117 yards but was held out of the end zone for the first time all season. 

The Badgers had one last chance to tie the game with a 42-yard field goal attempt by senior kicker Rafael Gaglianone.

The No. 18 Badgers' chances of being one of the four teams in the College Football Playoffs dwindled with the loss at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. 

The Pac-12 South is wide open as Pac-12 play starts Saturday 

The Pac-12 South has lately been looking up to the North division, as the North has won six of the seven Pac-12 championship games since the conference expanded and implemented divisions in 2011. 

This year is no different as the talent in the South is a few steps behind the North. 

No. 7 Stanford (3-0, 1-0), No. 10 Washington (2-1, 1-0) and No. 20 Oregon (3-0, 0-0), are the three teams with the best chances to win the conference championship and clinch a New Year's Six bowls. 

With only two conference games played as of Saturday, the North has won both match-ups.

Next Week: ASU will be heading to Seattle to take on No. 10 Washington, Sept. 22 on ESPN at 7:30. 

The Sun Devils have won 10 out of the last 11 games versus the Huskies, including the 13-7 upset in Tempe last year. 



Reach the reporter at sbemanue@asu.edu or follow @SebastianEman5 on Twitter. 

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