Upon further review -- had the sound down and didn't hear the whistle. You're right. The whistle blew before the ASU player fell on the ball, so there wasn't a fumble recovery. The delay of game is a closer call -- was he trying to stall or was he just confused like everyone else? -- but probably because players are supposed to stop when the whistle goes. At the very least ASU shouldn't have been rewarded for it. My real main points still stands: The refs should have taken time to get the call right. And what they probably should have done was reset the clock to about 10-15 seconds and let Wisconsin spike the ball.
Meram is scoring some sweet-ass goals of late