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STATE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Badgers not surprised by Pac-12 Conference's reaction

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MADISON - University of Wisconsin football players were not surprised yesterday, when the Pac-12 Conference reprimanded its officiating crew for what happened in Saturday night's Badger two-point loss at Arizona State.

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The Pac-12 admitted its officials were wrong by not stopping the clock when Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly took a knee and placed the ball down on the ASU-15, planning to stop the clock to set up a game-winning field goal. A Sun Devils' player jumped on the ball to keep it from being spotted. Yesterday, Badgers' players noted that the admission of a mistake didn't change the outcome -- and they have to move on after a loss. Linebacker Chris Borland said the Pac-12's statement was most likely the politically-correct thing to do, but the loss is all his team cared about. Coach Gary Andersen said his players should have been allowed to finish the game, and all he wanted was some accountability. The Badgers are now 2-1. They'll host 1-2 Purdue on Saturday in their Big Ten Conference opener at Camp Randall Stadium.

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Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says there's no doubt that Washington safety Brandon Meriweather put a helmet-to-helmet hit on Eddie Lacy Sunday. The Packers' rookie running back suffered a concussion on the play, and McCarthy was still not sure yesterday afternoon how his player was doing. The NFL requires him to pass a series of tests before he can return to practice. McCarthy said he saw Lacy right after Sunday's win over the Redskins, and he looked good then. Meriweather suffered a concussion later in the game, when he put another helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers' running back James Starks. We're expected to find out on Friday if Meriweather will be fined. McCarthy said he does not plan to bring in an extra running back in case Lacy cannot play on Sunday at Cincinnati. James Starks would be the starter, and rookie Johnathan Franklin could see some action.

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For the second straight week, the Packers will face an opponent that played on Monday night. The Bengals beat Pittsburgh at home 20-10 last evening. Giovani Bernard scored two touchdowns -- one on the ground, plus a 27-yard scoring catch. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton completed 25-of-45 passes for 280 yards, and the Bengals' defense forced a pair of turnovers. Cincinnati is 1-1 as its gets ready to host the Packers.

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Green Bay Packers’ running back DuJuan Harris expects to be ready for all of next year’s off-season workouts and practices.  The second-year pro had surgery 11 days ago on a patellar tendon in his right knee.  He injured the knee during the off-season – and he aggravated the problem during Green Bay’s third pre-season game last month against Seattle.  Harris is on the injured reserve list, and is out for the year.  He’s still occasionally walking on crutches, but he says he hopes to get rid of them soon.  Harris sparked the Packers’ running game late last season, with touchdowns against Detroit in December and Minnesota in the playoffs.   Meanwhile, this year’s Packers are 1-and-1 after beating the Washington Redskins yesterday 38-20.  The Pack will play at Cincinnati on Sunday.  The Bengals play Pittsburgh tonight.

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Mequon Homestead remains No. 1 among Wisconsin's largest schools in the new AP state high school football poll. Kimberly is second, followed by Hartland Arrowhead and Sun Prairie. Arrowhead is 3-1. The others are 4-0. West De Pere continues to lead the medium-sized schools. Waupaca is second, Walworth Big Foot third, and Waukesha Catholic Memorial fourth. All those teams are still undefeated. Fond du Lac St Mary's Springs remains at No. 1 among the small schools. Edgar is second, followed by Amherst and Lancaster, all at 4-0.

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