Notes: In Toon Against Ohio State

Slowly working his way back from his painful turf-toe injury, junior Nick Toon, with senior Lance Kendricks bottled up, leads the passing game, and No.18 Wisconsin, to a victory over former No.1 Ohio State.

MADISON - The real Nick Toon is back ... and Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema can attest to that statement.

After the team's leading receiver from a year ago had a pair of drops and just a single reception in his return from injury Oct. 2 against Michigan State, Toon came back with yet another big performance Saturday and made a number of crucial plays.

"It's great, because the Nick I saw in fall camp, that's the guy you're seeing now," Bielema said. "He's playing with some aggressive nature and really making himself a great player."

Toon, who missed two games with a turf toe injury, followed his six-catch, 52-yard outing against Minnesota with another big game. He caught six passes for 72 yards, with two coming on a decisive drive for Wisconsin's after Ohio State narrowed the gap to 21-18 early in the fourth quarter.

With the Badgers facing a third-and-3 from their own 34-yard-line, Toon hauled in a 20-yard pass from quarterback Scott Tolzien to keep the march going. Toon then followed his crucial catch by running for nine yards on a bubble screen the next play. Freshman running back James White later finished the drive off with a 12-yard touchdown run with just under 7 minutes remaining to give Wisconsin the cushion it needed to knock off the top-ranked Buckeyes.

"It feels great," Toon said of having another big day. "I can't say thanks enough to the rest of my teammates. I just went out there and did my job."

Sorenson interception caps career day

Wisconsin senior Blake Sorensen doesn't remember much about his final defensive play.

But when Sorensen intercepted Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor's last pass with just more than one minute remaining, it not only put an exclamation point on the Badgers' upset victory, but it also was the icing on the cake for Sorensen's banner day.

"It was kind of a blur," said Sorensen, who registered both a team and career-high 10 tackles, of the interception. "I caught it. I got mobbed. It was a ton of fun, something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Sorensen started his fourth straight game and fifth overall at outside linebacker since sophomore Chris Borland suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Wisconsin's Sept. 18 win over Arizona State.

"Blake has done a really nice job in our program," Bielema said. "He's a kid who has never redshirted. He's played all positions, thrust into the mix even further now because of the injury to Chris and (become) a full-time starter. He's another great example of what we're all about."

Taylor injured again

The injury bug has bitten Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor once again.

Taylor, who has been plagued by injuries to his right knee, left Saturday's game in the first quarter after hurting his left knee. Bielema told reporters Taylor received an x-ray at halftime that showed no structural damage, but he kept him out the rest of the game as a precaution.

"I played about eight plays until I came out, hurt my left knee on the play," Taylor said. "Right now, I don't know. It feels alright. When it happened, I felt a little tingling and burning going down to my foot. I think it's just like a nerve problem, but I'll get an MRI on Monday, see what it is."

Taylor suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee following Wisconsin's loss to Iowa Oct. 17 last year. He then had additional surgery on the same knee in August and missed the team's opener Sept. 4 against UNLV.

Taylor was replaced by junior Kevin Claxton, who finished with six tackles.

Playing through pain

While a major injury such as a torn ACL might sideline most athletes, it won't stop Kyle Wojta.

Bielema informed the media during his post-game press conference the junior long-snapper suffered exactly that in Tuesday's practice, but still suited up and delivered snaps on field goals and PATs.

"No one knew about this story, I kind of kept it under wraps – Kyle Wojta, our snapper for the last two years, tore his ACL in Tuesday's practice and snapped in the game," Bielema said. "Kid tore his ACL and was not going to be denied the opportunity to snap."

It's been a while

When Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat intercepted a pass by Tolzien in the second quarter, it marked the Badgers' first turnover since the third quarter of their win over San Jose State Sept. 11, a span of 18 quarters.

Sweat picked off a pass intended for senior wide receiver Isaac Anderson with 4 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the first half, returning it 18 yards to the Wisconsin 38-yard-line. The turnover didn't hurt the Badgers, as Buckeyes kicker Devin Barclay missed a 45-yard field goal four plays later.

Wisconsin hadn't had a streak that long spanning a single season since at least 1959, according to the University of Wisconsin Athletic Communications Department.

Extra points: Wisconsin ended Ohio State's 12-game win streak, which was the second longest in the nation behind Boise State (20)... the Badgers also snapped the Buckeyes' eight-game road winning streak against AP Top 25 opponents ... after scoring touchdowns on all three trips to the red zone Saturday, Wisconsin has now penetrated the goal line on 23 straight trips, not including a pair of end-of-game possessions when the team killed the clock by taking a knee ... freshman defensive tackle Jordan Kohout left the game early in the third quarter with an injury to his right leg but later returned ... senior safety Jay Valai returned to the starting lineup after missing last week with injuries to his knees and ribs ... The victory over the Buckeyes improved UW's record to 4-16 against No.1-ranked teams. UW's last victory over the top-ranked team came in 1981, when the Badgers stunned Michigan, 21-14.

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