By Cynthia Germain
It was a heartbreaking loss on Saturday as the Wisconsin Badgers fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 27-21. The Badgers went into the game unbeaten in the Big Ten, although previously criticized for having a weak schedule. The Buckeyes were on the board in the first quarter after an interception as Hornibrook was targeting Fumagalli in the end zone following a signature drive. Wisconsin responded with a touchdown in the final minutes of the first quarter by Van Ginkel’s interception as the Buckeyes were deep in Badger territory. The tie was broken still in the first quarter as Ohio drove down for another touchdown. The second quarter showed the defense faltering, with Campbell’s 78-yard run leading to another Buckeyes touchdown. The Badgers were only able to get a field goal by the end of the half.
The second half slowed a bit with each team scoring field goals in the third quarter. The Badgers offense finally broke through early in the fourth with a 52-yard drive followed by James’ 1-yard touchdown. A 2-point conversion pass to Fumagalli, after a 10-minute delay to repair the field after the turf seams separated, cut the deficit to 24-21. The Buckeyes’ next drive led to a short field goal, and the Badgers could not rally on their final two possessions to save their perfect season. UW now awaits Sunday’s bowl announcements for its next game destination.