CORVALLIS, OR - Maybe this is why Wisconsin doesn’t play tough nonconference games?
Inept on offense and leaky on defense in their first BCS nonconference road game since 2005, No.13 Wisconsin was embarrassed by a rested, angry Oregon State squad, 10-7, at Reser Stadium.
Gone is Wisconsin’s 33 regular-season nonconference winning streak, which was second-longest in the country but was wiped away by the fact that the Badgers only had 206 yards of total offense, 64 coming on its final series.
Gone is the Badgers streak of 10 straight seasons of starting 2-0, the longest in the Big Ten before junior quarterback Danny O’Brien struggled by completing only 51.3 percent of his passes (20-for-39) for 171 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also was responsible for a fumble inside the red zone in the third quarter.
His counterpart, sophomore Sean Mannion, completed 30-for-48 passes for 285 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers.
Gone is Montee Ball as a true Heisman contender, as the Badgers rushed for 35 total yards and the senior tailback rushed 15 times for 60 yards. Ball’s was held without a touchdown for the first time in 21 games.
Gone is another video review, as Wisconsin appeared to uncover an onside kick with approximately 90 seconds left but saw it overturned by officials who saw kicker Kyle French touched the ball before it went 10 yards.
More importantly, gone is the confidence of Wisconsin’s fan base just two weeks before the beginning of conference play.
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Game recap: Wisconsin doesn't learn from its week one lesson
Notes: Instant replay takes away a chance at redemption
Oregon State 10, Wisconsin 7
3-0 Oregon State
9 plays, 42 yards, 2:43 TOP, 13:04 left
FG Trevor Romaine 43
Key Play: Wisconsin allowed a five-yard completion on fourth-and-3 in its own territory to keep the drive moving, but the Beavers got a big chunk of yards on the drive's first play. A wide receiver screen to the left, Brandin Cooks got a perfect block from his receiver to scamper 26 yards down the sideline to the Wisconsin 42.
10-0 Oregon State
9 plays, 42 yards, 2:43 TOP, 9:33 left
Brandin Cooks 20-yard pass from Sean Mannion (Romaine kick)
Key Play: Wisconsin allowed five plays over 10 yards and two third-down conversions, both of which happened on the touchdown throw. On a third-and-12 in the redzone, a miscommunication between Dezmen Southward and Marcus Cromartie led to Cooks being wide open in the end zone. In two weeks, UW has allowed three undefended touchdowns.
10-7 Oregon State
9 plays, 64 yards, 1:24 TOP, 1:31 left
Jacob Pedersen 20-yard pass from Danny O'Brien (Kyle French kick)
Key Play: Wisconsin finally caught a break when cornerback D.J. Welch was flagged for pass interference despite appearing to have excellent coverage on Montee Ball. The penalty jump started the best drive of the day for UW.
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