NCAA Game Summary - Ohio State at Wisconsin|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: (18) Wisconsin 31, (1) Ohio State 18
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - David Gilreath returned the game's opening
kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and John Clay rushed for 104 yards and two
scores, as 18th-ranked Wisconsin sent No. 1 Ohio State to a 31-18 defeat
before a rowdy crowd at Camp Randall Stadium.
The Badgers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) built a three-touchdown lead before watching
the Buckeyes get within three points early in the fourth quarter. James White
stemmed the tide with a 12-yard scoring run and Wisconsin held on to send the
No. 1 team to a loss for the second straight week. Last Saturday, South
Carolina pulled off its first ever win over a top-ranked team with a 35-21
triumph over Alabama.
"It means a lot. This team has a lot of capability, and we showed it out there
today," White said. "We have to keep moving forward to next week against
Now begs the question, which team will be No. 1 come Sunday? Oregon should
move into that role, although the Ducks were idle this weekend. Boise
State, the No. 3 team, dominated San Jose State Saturday night.
It's the first time Wisconsin has knocked off the top-ranked team in the
country since September 12, 1981, when the Badgers topped Michigan in Madison.
Wisconsin had lost its last four games against top-ranked clubs and is just
4-16 all-time in such contests. One of those was a win over the Buckeyes in
Scott Tolzien completed 13-of-16 passes for 152 yards and was intercepted once
for Wisconsin, while Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor ended 14-of-28 for 156 yards
and a pick.
Dan Herron rushed for a pair of touchdowns for Ohio State (6-1, 2-1), which
was riding a 12-game winning streak going back to last season. This was the
Buckeyes' fifth Big Ten loss in their last 44 such games.
Blake Sorensen thwarted an Ohio State drive late in the fourth by intercepting
Pryor. Right after the clock wound down, fans rushed the field to celebrate
with the Badgers.
"It was nuts," Sorensen said. "It was a big win for the team and fans, as
well. That was huge. It was awesome."
After Gilreath outraced defenders on the game's opening play, the Buckeyes
were forced to punt. Wisconsin then got a 14-yard TD run from Clay five
minutes into the contest.
"I'm sure someone did not execute, (do) what they needed to do," Ohio State
coach Jim Tressel said. "I'm not exactly sure what lane or exactly what
occurred. When you're on the road, if you don't at least match their special
teams, if you let the home team win the special teams part, it's going to be
difficult to win."
Clay then capped a huge 19-play, 89-yard march with a one-yard TD leap over a
pile of players into the end zone for a 21-0 cushion, 1:45 into the second.
Devin Barclay kicked a 21-yard field goal for the Buckeyes later in the
quarter, but missed from 45 yards away shortly after Andrew Sweat picked off
Herron scored on a 13-yard run nearly five minutes into the third and the
Buckeyes embarked on a giant 19-play, 94-yard jaunt that bridged the final two
quarters. Harron ended that with a one-yard power rush to the end zone. Pryor
hit Reid Fragel with the two-point conversion pass for a 21-18 difference with
White, though, finished off a 10-play, 73-yard march with a 12-yard TD run to
the left side with 6:57 to go.
Philip Welch added a 41-yard field goal with 4:14 remaining, and Sorensen
picked off Pryor at the Wisconsin 14 in the final two minutes.
Wisconsin is now 41-4 at Camp Randall Stadium since the start of the 2004
season...Wisconsin has won 26 of its last 29 night games and has captured 14
of its last 15 at home, including the last seven in a row...Herron has now
scored a TD in six straight games. He finished with 91 yards on 20
attempts...Dane Sanzenbacher finished with 94 yards on six receptions for the
Buckeyes...The 31 points given up by Ohio State were the most since USC scored
35 in the 2008 meeting in Los Angeles...It had been 29 games since the Buckeye
defense allowed a 100-yard individual rushing performance; that was by USC's
Joe McKnight (105 yards in 2008). That streak was second-longest in the
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