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Badgers’ Mertz remains optimistic after disappointing opener

Wisconsin's Graham Mertz throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football...
Wisconsin's Graham Mertz throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football gameagainst Penn State Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(Morry Gash | AP)
Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 4:29 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz wants to make sure he doesn’t let his struggles in a season-opening loss impact the rest of his year.

Mertz threw two interceptions in the final 2½ minutes as the 12th-ranked Badgers failed to convert numerous scoring opportunities and fell 16-10 to No. 19 Penn State.

Wisconsin will try to bounce back Saturday when it hosts Eastern Michigan.

The Badgers have gone 4-4 in Mertz’s eight career starts with their fortunes depending on how well he protects the football.

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