Ohio State Game Notes
With the 42-17 loss, Ohio State is 3-2 overall and records its first conference loss. Wisconsin improves to 3-2 overall record for the season.
Big Ten Streak Broken
Going into today’s game, Ohio State had won six straight Big Ten openers, dating back to a 20-16 loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 3, 1992. OSU also had won five straight Big Ten openers at home, dating back to a 24-10 loss to Illinois on Oct. 8, 1994.
Today attendance was 93,524, marking the 15th consecutive sellout at Ohio Stadium.
First Career Start
Percy King and Kevin Houser made their first career starts in today’s game.
Na’il Diggs forced his second fumble of the season today, giving him four for his career. Diggs also recovered the fumble, posting his fourth of his career.
Cacchio Steps Up
Chad Cacchio recorded a career long 19-yard reception during the first quarter. His previous long was 11 yards, set last season against Indiana (10/31/98).
Wells Returns to Action
Jonathan Wells made his first appearance since injuring his ankle during the Kickoff Classic against Miami (Fla.).
Stultz Stellar on Kicks
Coming off his performance last week which netted Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors, Dan Stultz connected on 1-of-1 field goals and 2-of-2 extra points. And, in all but one instance, he kept the ball out of the hands of Wisconsin’s Nick Davis, who came into the game as the nation’s sixth-leading kickoff returner at 32.4 yards per return. Stultz also boomed a 56-yard punt in the third quarter – a career best.
Giant Day for Germany
Reggie Germany recorded his first touchdown of the season after snaring a 40-yard pass from Steve Bellisari in the second quarter. The pass also marked a career long reception for Germany.
No. 1 for Bullard
Sophomore Courtland Bullard notched his first career sack late in the first half against Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger.
Wisconsin Games Notes
The 17-point comeback is the largest in the Coach Barry Alvarez era. The previous high, 14 points, was set two times, the last against Northern Illinois in 1992 (18-17).
With his 161-yard rushing day, Ron Dayne passed former Ohio State star Archie Griffin (5,177) and Herschel Walker (5,259) on the NCAA all-time rushing list. He is now fourth on the list with 5,336 yards.
Ron Dayne also recorded his 27th career 100-plus rushing yard game.
Wisconsin posted its third win in Ohio Stadium. The last victory was in 1985 (12-7).
Ohio State Head Coach John Cooper Quotes
“I am not a happy camper. I am embarrassed as to the way we played in the second half. We did not do anything right today. We did not tackle well. But they also kept the ball away from us, which frustrated us.”
“That was a good old-fashioned butt kicking. You have to give Wisconsin credit. They kept the ball away from us in the second half. We could not stop them in the second half. When we fumbled the second half kick-off, we gave them the momentum.
“We lost front line players, but that is not an excuse. They did the hitting and we took the shots.”
“We will find out what we have and what we are made of this week in practice. We play a different team next week.”
“Brooks Bollinger kept the drives alive. We did not tackle him and he scrambled like Steve Bellisari did to them.”
“We did not move the ball offensively in the second half. They kept their drives alive. They kept converting on third down and finally wore us down.”
“We kept giving them opportunities. They had great substitutions that kept their line fresh.”
Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Alvarez
“We got the momentum to swing our way with the two-minute drill.”
“We challenged the guys to stiffen up. The kids made plays and kept the ball away from Ohio State.”
“Scott Kavanagh was not ready to play. He still has a lot of swelling in his elbow.”
“I thought this was as fine of an effort from a red-shirt freshmen that I have ever seen”