Ohio State upset at Wisconsin, goes one and done as No. 1 in the nation.
For the second straight week, the No. 1 team in the country was upset on the road — with top-ranked Ohio State stumbling 31–18 at Wisconsin after preseason favorite Alabama lost 35–21 at South Carolina last week.
The Maurice Clarett-style one and done OSU run as the No. 1 team in the nation was ill-fated, lasting just seven days before the Badgers knocked the Buckeyes from their perch. A rowdy crowd of 81,194 at Camp Randall Stadium witnessed the first Wisconsin win over a No. 1-ranked Ohio State team since 1942.
“It was quite a battle here at Camp Randall and tip your cap to the Badgers. They did things you need to do to win a tough ball game,” said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who falls to 29–9 in Big Ten road games and 100–22 overall in his 10th season in Columbus.
“I was proud of the way our kids fought back. It was 21–3 there and I think a lesser bunch in an environment like this would have folded their tent.”
In a heavyweight Big Ten showdown in prime time, Bucky Badger jumped out to a 21–0 lead early in the second quarter on the strength of a 97-yard opening kickoff touchdown by David Gilreath and a pair of touchdown runs by bruising back John Clay, who finished with 21 carries for 104 yards.
The dazed Scarlet-and-Gray of Brutus Buckeye battled back to pull the score within 21–18 in the fourth quarter. But it was not enough, as UW closed the game on a 10–0 run to effectively KO The OSU.
“It felt great finishing this game,” said Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. “We’ve been in four-quarter games this year, whether by choice or not. We’ve been in them, and I didn’t really think Ohio State had been.”
Ohio State’s Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Terrelle Pryor struggled to complete 14-of-28 passes for 156 yards and one interception, while rushing 18 times for 56 yards. TP2 was particularly ineffective in the fourth quarter — taking two costly sacks for a loss of 18 yards, scrambling three times for seven yards and completing 3-of-9 passes for 45 yards and one interception in the final 15 minutes.
In the end, Wisconsin was able to line up in the victory formation before thousands of Badger fans stormed the field to celebrate their first win over a No. 1-ranked team since 1981.