Nov 17

The Sports Bank.net: Wisconsin plays beautiful defense and still falls short to Ohio State

The Wisconsin Badgers held Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to his worst game of the season, but it wasn’t quite enough with the Buckeyes prevailing 21-14 in overtime at Camp Randall.

It was the first time the Badgers (7-4, 4-3) have played in multiple overtime games since the 2000 season and their second straight loss at home.

What It Means: Defensively the Badgers were sensational. Containing Miller to a season-low 2.1 yards per carry on 23 attempts and only 97 yards through the air seems like a recipe for a win. Where it went all wrong is when the offense touched the ball as it has against many of the good teams the Badgers have played this season. They run the ball extremely well and that’s about it. There were a few questionable play-calls throughout the game because it’s evident Wisconsin has trouble figuring out how to catch opposing defenses off-guard, particularly defenses among the nation’s best. With that said, the Badgers are still capable of playing with anyone in the country because of their defense. Their four losses are by a combined 16 points. Going forward, they will need to continue to soul-search on offense and find ways to stay on the field.

Player of the Game: RB Montee Ball (39 carries for 191 yards and one touchdown)

The most important number in that stat-line is the one touchdown as it was the score to tie Travis Prentice’s all-time NCAA touchdown record. It was Ball’s 78th career touchdown which is a truly amazing statistic considering he hasn’t been the primary back for this team over the past four seasons.