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Oct. 9, 2004

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Wisconsin is turning Ohio Stadium into Camp Randall East.

The 15th-ranked Badgers throttled No. 18 Ohio State’s offense, and Anthony Davis slashed for 168 yards and a touchdown to lead the way to a 24-13 victory Saturday.

It was Wisconsin’s third straight win on Ohio State’s home turf, the first time a visitor has done that since Illinois won four in a row from 1988-94. The Badgers had never before won even twice in a row at Ohio State in the series dating to 1913.

The loss ended Ohio State’s 18-game home winning streak and, on the heels of last week’s stunning 33-27 overtime loss to Northwestern, pinned coach Jim Tressel with back-to-back losses for the first time in his 3{ seasons. The Buckeyes (3-2) also dropped to 0-2 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1992.

Wisconsin, 3-0 in the Big Ten, is 6-0 for the first time since 1998, including 4-0 at its own Camp Randall Stadium. In 1998, the Badgers went on to go 11-1, share the Big Ten title and win the Rose Bowl.

Sophomore John Stocco was steady all day for the Badgers, completing 15 of 24 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

He gave the Badgers a 14-7 lead on an 8-yard fade pass to Darrin Charles, then tossed a 10-yard scoring pass – also on a fade pattern – to Jonathan Orr that capped the scoring. Orr’s diving, highlight-reel catch came just three plays after Ohio State’s Santonio Holmes muffed a punt, Wisconsin’s Scott Starks shoving him aside and then falling on the loose ball at the Ohio State 17 early in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Ohio State’s own first-year starter at quarterback, sophomore Justin Zwick, and his ineffective offense were booed loudly by 105,090 partisan fans, the fifth-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history.

Zwick completed 15 of 31 passes for 125 yards – with two of the completions and 27 of the yards coming in the final few seconds.

Trailing 14-13 at the half, the Buckeyes mustered just two first downs in the second half against a Wisconsin defense that came into the game leading the nation in scoring defense (5.2 points per game) and yards allowed (193.2). The Buckeyes totaled 224 yards, with 43 coming on one play – a Statue-of-Liberty handoff from Zwick to freshman Tony Pittman.

Ohio State ran 22 plays in the second half for 49 yards.

Shortly after the game ended, several players exchanged punches at midfield while coaches and police tried to pull them apart. The melee lasted for less than a minute, but was representative of the bad blood between the teams in recent years.

Wisconsin took the second-half kickoff and drove 72 yards before Mike Allen kicked a 26-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.

The drive included a mini-controversy involving the Big Ten’s new trial video-review system. Replays appeared to show Davis fumbling the ball away.

Referee Dennis Lipski consulted with the video technical advisor before ruling that the whistle had sounded before the ball had been recovered by Ohio State.

“By rule we have to give the ball back to the offense,” Lipski said over his stadium microphone, prompting a tidal wave of boos.

The Badgers defense limited Ohio State to just one first down and 26 yards on the Buckeyes’ next three possessions. Holmes then bobbled the 39-yard punt by Ken DeBauche, giving the Badgers the chance to add a clinching score. Davis ran for 4 and 3 yards before Stocco lofted his throw to the left corner of the end zone that Orr caught over his left shoulder before bouncing just inside the end line for the score.

Ohio State never got inside the Wisconsin 43 again.

Wisconsin led 14-13 at the half, scoring on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter.

Down 10-0, the Badgers took over at their own 46 after a 46-yard kickoff return by Brandon Williams and scored five plays later on Davis’ 31-yard slant through the line and sprint down the sideline.

After an Ohio State punt, the Badgers marched 78 yards in seven plays. Stocco hit Jason Pociask on a 19-yard gain and Owen Daniels for 31 more. On third-and-goal from the 8, Stocco lobbed the fade to the left corner that Charles pulled away from cornerback E.J. Underwood.

The Buckeyes’ points came on freshman Ted Ginn Jr.’s 65-yard punt return and field goals of 42 and 55 yards by Mike Nugent. Nugent’s second field goal – matching the longest of his career – came on the last play of the half and gave him the school record with 60 for his career.