The Wisconsin Badgers (5-5, 3-4 B1G) squander a huge opportunity in Iowa City, losing 24-10, to the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3 B1G) at Kinnick Stadium in the battle for the Heartland Trophy.
You cannot blame the Wisconsin defense for this game. The defense played their tails off.
The Badgers had a potential Big Ten West division title within reach after Purdue took down Illinois earlier in the day, and that slipped away with a brutal performance from the UW offense and special teams.
Iowa’s scoring drives:
- 2 plays, 17 yards, TD
- Pick Six
- 5 plays, 18 yards, TD
- 11 plays, 27 yards, FG
Graham Mertz was brutal today. He completed 16-of-35 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions (one was a pick-6) and also lost a fumble. Three turnovers from your quarterback that’s in his fourth year in the program is not good. Mertz was also wildly inaccurate with his throws and didn’t even give the receivers a chance to make a play.
Apparently Mertz wanted to do his best impersonation of Aaron Rodgers’ performance in Detroit from last Sunday.
I really believe it was in the best interest for all involved for Jim Leonhard to bench Mertz today to give him a reality check.
Now to come to the defense of Mertz to a degree, the offensive line was pretty bad today as well and UW could never get anything going in the run game.
The Badgers defense held Iowa to 146 yards of total offense. It was a championship level defensive performance today by Wisconsin.
I’m just disgusted with the performance today from the offense and special teams and I want to throw up.
Postgame Jim Leonhard was asked about the Braelon Allen transfer story, he said that they have to recruit their own team every day. He wouldn’t accuse any specific program of tampering with their players, but said teams are tampering with them.
I’ll torture myself and rewatch the game later on tonight or at some point tomorrow and maybe I’ll write a recap after watching the film, but this was a huge disappointment to say the least.
The Badgers will travel to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-7, 2-5 B1G) next Saturday, November 19th at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff time and TV station is TBD as I write this.
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