The No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers (1-1) fell to the Washington State Cougars (2-0), 17-14, inside Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Penalties, turnovers and special teams gaffes doomed the Badgers today. Unfortunately, those have been a recurring theme in Wisconsin losses the last three seasons.
At least the Queen didn’t have to see this today.
Today was a deflating loss. Surprising to see how every facet of the game did every single thing to lose except for Mertz, who was terrific. The Offensive Line was overwhelmed, preventable mistakes handed the game away.
I think the Badgers win this game if Riley Mahlman is healthy at Right Tackle.
The Badgers are now 0-7 when Graham Mertz has to pass 24 times or more. Frankly, this one should have been his. Mertz did enough, especially on third down in the Red Zone, to get UW over the top on an off game.
Wisconsin held the ball for 38 minutes, ran 25 more plays, outgained Washington State 401-253, and lost as a 17-point favorite because the Badgers – in part – continue to make gaffes on special teams (Missed field goals, long kick returns). UW’s 11 penalties for 106 yards doesn’t help either.
Tyler Beach went on and on about penalties in his postgame interview.
Wisconsin’s 11 penalties were the most by the Badgers in a non-overtime game since 2008.
The Badgers offensive line was especially brutal today. The unit looked ill-prepared/unequipped to handle the speed of Washington State. The O-Line alone had five penalties for 56 yards.
Vito Calvaruso’s two field goal attempts were hot messes (yes he missed both badly).
The special teams also allowed big returns for Washington State.
Clay Cundiff’s two crucial fourth-quarter mistakes overshadow his two touchdowns.
The Badgers defense had some missed tackles and missed assignments.
It’s a vicious circle and I’ve missed hating my life because of Wisconsin football.
The disappointment from today’s game is going to last a few days.
The Badgers will host the New Mexico State Aggies (0-2) at Camp Randall Stadium next Saturday, September 17th. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).
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