A painful goodbye for a valued competitor

Wisconsin quarterback ends his career with another injury in 28-14 loss

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Jim Sorgi ended his career at Wisconsin in the same fashion he ended many games this year: by exiting the field on a medical cart.


Sorgi went down with less than three minutes left in Auburn's 28-14 win over Wisconsin, when he was sacked by linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive end Reggie Torbor. Dansby forced a fumble, which Auburn recovered and ran into the endzone two plays later, putting Auburn up by two touchdowns and out of Wisconsin's reach.


"[Sorgi's injury] came at a time when it would have been hard to come back and win it, even if he had come back into the game," wideout Lee Evans said. "He played hard and I know how hard it is for him to sit on the sidelines his last game ever as a Badger. He did a good job of still talking, still staying into the game. You have to take your hat off to him. It's tough to do."

Sorgi later donned a fluorescent orange brace on his left arm, tucked under his suit.


"My arm's all right. There's a lot of swelling in my forearm right now. I got an x-ray and there's no break and I knew it wasn't broken out there," Sorgi said. "I knew what was going on. … I wish I could have finished the game."


It was a sad but familiar way to end his career, with an injury. Sorgi left the field early against Ohio State, Purdue and Iowa and sat out for all of the Northwestern game due to various injuries. It has certainly been a rough year for the quarterback and Auburn's defenders only added to his bruises, sacking him five times. Reserve quarterback John Stocco also felt Sorgi's pain, as Dansby sacked him as well, an early taste of what the quarterback may feel next year.


"I definitely know what he's going through, just facing that all game," Stocco said. "Obviously, the quarterbacks lift weights and you definitely get hit. It's hard because you're just standing there and they get to tee off on you. It's definitely a physical game for quarterbacks."


Sorgi did not have an entirely negative day, as he threw for 169 yards, including a 30-yard pass to receiver Brandon Williams with 4:37 left in the first half. He also connected with Evans for a 12-yard touchdown with just less than nine minutes left in their Badger careers. Sorgi went up against a team ranked No. 19 in the nation in pass defense, one that allowed an average 187.8 passing yards per game.


"They've got a good defensive front and they were able to beat us consistently," head coach Barry Alvarez said. "We didn't hold up the pass protection very well. I thought Jim did a pretty good job when he had time, even under pressure, he responded."


As a leader, a teammate and a friend, Sorgi will be missed.


"Sorgi's just as solid and as good a guy as you'd ever want to have," Alvarez said. "He took a pounding this year and I thought he played his best down the stretch."


"Jim's been a great leader, not only a great leader on the field but just a great friend and it's going to be hard to see him go," Stocco said.

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