Badgers fall to Ohio State 52-21

Wisconsin moves to 2-2 after losing to No. 3 Ohio State in Columbus.
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst watches during the second half of an NCAA college football...
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington StateSaturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Madison, Wis. Washington State won 17-14. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(Morry Gash | AP)
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 8:19 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - It was a long night for Wisconsin against No. 3 Ohio State.

The Buckeyes got right to work scoring in six plays on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead.

It was from the start Wisconsin wanted. After giving up a touchdown on Ohio State’s opening drive, Badger quarterback Graham Mertz threw an interception that the Buckeyes would cash in on two plays later. C.J. Stroud hit Cade Stover for a 13-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Ohio State.

Wisconsin’s defense was unable to contain the Buckeyes in the first half, giving up a touchdown in each of Ohio State’s first four drives.

With 8:31 left to go before the half, Graham Mertz found the endzone with a quarterback sneak to get the Badgers their first points of the night.

Just before the half C.J. Stroud was picked off for the first time this season by Wisconsin’s John Torchio. Then it was more bad news for the Badgers offense when tight end Clay Cundiff went down in a lot of pain and grabbed his left leg. Cundiff missed UW’s final five games of the 2021 season after he dislocated his right ankle, broke his fibula and tore his deltoid ligament.

Cundiff would have a boot placed on his leg and would return to the Wisconsin sideline in the second half.

Badgers couldn’t recover from their first half deficit, Graham Mertz would connect with Jackson Acker for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 45-14 Buckeyes. Then on their next drive Braelon Allen would break away for a 75-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 52-21 Ohio State.

Mertz finished 11/20 for 94 yards and one touchdown. Stroud finished 17/27 for 281 yards and five touchdowns for Ohio State.

Up next Wisconsin will host Illinois at 11 a.m. on the Big Ten Network.