Oct. 2, 1999


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%^$ Game Stats

%^$AP Sports Writer


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State coach John Cooper could only shake his%^$head.%^$

“Guys, it’s been a long time since we’ve been physically whipped like that%^$in a game,” Cooper said.%^$

Thirty-two years, to be exact.%^$

Ron Dayne rumbled for four second-half touchdowns as Wisconsin roared back%^$from a 17-0 deficit Saturday to beat 12th-ranked Ohio State 42-17. It was the%^$Buckeyes’ worst loss at Ohio Stadium since a 41-6 defeat against Purdue on Oct.%^$14, 1967.%^$

“That was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking,” Cooper said. “I’m%^$embarrassed by the way we played in the second half. We didn’t do anything%^$right.”%^$

Defense and Dayne did the damage.%^$

The Badgers (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) didn’t score on their first four possessions,%^$then rattled off 42 consecutive points by scoring the next eight times they got%^$their hands on the ball. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes (3-2, 0-1) didn’t get closer%^$than the Wisconsin 32 in the last 40 minutes.%^$

“We challenged the guys to stiffen up,” Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said%^$of his defense. “The kids made plays and kept the ball away from Ohio State.”%^$

Dayne managed just 36 yards on 11 attempts in the first half, but finished%^$with 161 yards on 32 carries. He had touchdown runs of 1, 2, 3 and 11 yards and%^$set up Eddie Faulkner’s 1-yard scoring dive with a 46-yard run through the%^$heart of Ohio State’s defense late in the fourth quarter.%^$

“I don’t go out to prove something,” Dayne said. “I just go out and play%^$hard.”%^$

Wisconsin’s defense completely throttled Ohio State in the second half. The%^$Buckeyes picked up just 113 yards after halftime while the Badgers gained 292.%^$

There was no dispute about when the momentum shifted.%^$

Michael Wiley, who lost a fumble at the goal line early in the game, fumbled%^$the second-half kickoff when hit by Ryan Marks, with Bobby Myers recovering at%^$the Ohio State 14. Three plays later, Dayne scored on a 3-yard run and the%^$tables turned.%^$

“Seeing that come out was a big turning point,” Myers said of the fumble.%^$

Dayne said, “The turnover on the kickoff got it started.”%^$

Ohio State’s Steve Bellisari, fourth in the nation in pass efficiency, had a%^$pass picked off by Bobby Myers at midfield late in the game, with Myers%^$returning it 48 yards. Dayne then scored on the next play. Bellisari completed%^$just 10-of-24 passes for 210 yards with one interception.%^$

“The second half was kind of like Michigan State last year,” Bellisari%^$said.%^$

Ohio State built leads of 17-3 and 24-9 at home against the Spartans last%^$year, only to lose 28-24. That defeat ended up costing them a shot at the%^$national championship as the Buckeyes finished No. 2 in the polls.%^$

Wisconsin, a touchdown underdog, had lost its last two games, to Cincinnati%^$and Michigan. The Buckeyes had won three in a row.%^$

Alvarez surprised Ohio State by going with redshirt freshman Brooks%^$Bollinger as his starting quarterback, instead of senior Scott Kavanagh who has%^$a sore elbow.%^$

Bollinger, making his first career start, completed 15-of-27 for 167 yards%^$and ran 17 times for 78 yards.%^$

“It was as fine an effort for a redshirt freshman in a hostile environment%^$- falling behind to a team with a football tradition – to make play after play%^$and manage the team,” Alvarez said. “That’s as good a job as I’ve seen a%^$freshman do.”%^$

The Badgers had the upper hand in first downs (26-15), yardage (463-351),%^$rushing yards (296-124) and an almost 11-minute advantage in time of%^$possession.%^$

“We would have them third-and-long or even third-and-short and they seemed%^$to convert every time,” Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements said.%^$

Dayne moved into the No. 4 spot in NCAA Division I rushing with 5,336 yards,%^$passing Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (5,177) and Georgia’s Herschel Walker%^$(5,259). Dayne needs 944 yards to pass the major-college mark of 6,279 yards%^$set a year ago by Texas’ Ricky Williams.%^$

Ohio State lost its Big Ten opener for the first time since falling to%^$Wisconsin 20-16 in 1992 at Madison.%^$

Wiley’s 1-yard dive, set up by his 17-yard option pass to tight end Steve%^$Wisniewski, gave Ohio State the only points of the first quarter.%^$

Earlier, Wiley tried to stretch the ball over the goal line while vaulting a%^$pileup and lost control, with Sam Mueller recovering in the end zone for the%^$Badgers.%^$

Bellisari’s looping pass over the middle to Reggie Germany on a post pattern%^$appeared to be intercepted by cornerback Mike Echols. But Germany pulled the%^$ball away from the defender as he fell into the end zone for the 40-yard%^$touchdown play and a 17-0 Ohio State lead.%^$

The rest was all Wisconsin.%^$