COLUMBUS—Big Ten officials turned to instant replay to clarify two plays involving Wisconsin senior tailback Anthony Davis Saturday against Ohio State. In both cases, the end result favored the Badgers.
The first came on the first drive of the third quarter, when Davis lost the ball at the end of a 13-yard carry. The referees initially ruled that Davis did not fumble but the Big Ten's replay official asked for a review.
The replay official and head referee Dennis Lipski eventually ruled that an inadvertent whistle ended the play and the call remained. This came after some debate between Lipski and the official, which, interestingly, was broadcasted into Ohio State's press box. At first glance, the official thought Davis had fumbled but the referee reminded him to check when the whistle was blown and, upon doing so in the replays, the official allowed Wisconsin to maintain possession of the ball.
Wisconsin capped that drive with a 42-yard Mike Allen field goal and took a 17-13 lead.
OSU senior will linebacker A. J. Hawk forced Davis to fumble a second time at Ohio State's 30-yard-line but junior Badger wide receiver Jonathan Orr recovered. The initial ruling on the field was that Davis had stepped out of bounds before losing the ball. That ruling was overruled by the replay but Orr's recovery stood, giving the Badgers the ball at the Buckeyes' 19. The play occurred on the Badgers' last drive and was insignificant to the outcome of the game.
Sparks fly at end of game
Wisconsin and Ohio State have concocted a heated rivalry in recent years, highlighted by accusations of members of the winning team dancing on the losing team's "O" or "W".
At the end of Wisconsin's second straight win over Ohio State and third straight in Columbus, members of both teams engaged in some pushing and shoving at the center of the field. After the game, coaches were not sure what they saw or who was involved.
"I have no idea what they were trying to do, but I saw the two opposite color jerseys going at one another a little bit and, probably not very smartly, I was in the middle of it without a helmet," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "But I don't know that there was anything done other than pushing and shoving, I think."
"I was just in the middle of it all of a sudden," defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. "I was trying to get out, I was kind of getting a little spooked there. I don't know how it started or where it went or who was involved. I was just trying to get some separation."
"Jim Tressel and I talked and it was too good of a football game to have something like that tarnish it," head coach Barry Alvarez said. "Like Jim said and I agree with him, it was probably two or three guys that started something and we don't need that in this sport. … Nonsense like that, it's uncalled for."
Instant replay boosts Badgers
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