Badgers Fall to 5-3

Wisconsin played its best football in three weeks, but dropped to 5-3 (0-3 Big Ten) with a nailbiting 19-14 loss against Ohio State Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

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After holding a 14-13 halftime lead, Wisconsin fell to unbeaten No. 4 Ohio State 19-14 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Badger running back Anthony Davis posted 25 carries for 144 yards and one touchdown, while freshman Jonathan Orr recorded four catches for 107 yards and one touchdown to lead Wisconsin's offensive ranks.

UW quarterback Jim Sorgi, stepping in for Brooks Bollinger who left the game with a concussion in the second quarter, completed seven passes of 14 for 137 yards, including the 42-yard connection with Orr for the Badger lead prior to halftime.

For the Buckeyes, freshman Maurice Clarett had 30 carries for 133 yards, while Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel completed 12 of 19 for 204 yards passing and picked up 12 yards on the run. Krenzel finished the day with two touchdown passes to post Ohio State's eighth win of the season.

The Buckeyes jumped on the board in the opening minutes after Krenzel hit Michael Jenkins on a 47-yard pass for the touchdown. OSU claimed the 7-0 lead after Mike Nugent kicked the extra point with less than two minutes off the clock.

Wisconsin rallied back on a Davis 41-yard touchdown run capping a three-play scoring drive at 5:49 in the first period. UW sophomore Mile Allen completed the extra-point kick to tie the game at seven.

Ohio State regained a 10-7 lead on its next possession and drove 88 yards down field within range of the Badger endzone, but failed to score the touchdown after Krenzel overthrew Jenkins from the Wisconsin 10-yard line. Nugent completed the ensuing field goal on a 27-yard attempt at 2:48.

OSU would use Nugent again in the second period to build a six-point advantage over Wisconsin on a 25-yard field goal at 13:14.

Following the quarterback change-up, the Badgers claimed a 14-13 lead entering halftime on Orr's touchdown catch. In a repeat attempt of an earlier incomplete pass, Orr caught the 42-yard pass from Sorgi and landed just inside of OSU's endzone for the touchdown. Allen's extra-point was good and the Badgers were ready for the upset.

After a scoreless third quarter, Sorgi and the Badgers looked ready to claim the win, but Kenzel connected with Ben Hartsock to regain the lead at 19-14 on a three-yard touchdown pass at 9:59 in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes held on to their lead after Chris Gamble intercepted a Sorgi pass late in the fourth to stop the Badger attack.

Orr's 107 yards Saturday mark his second 100-yard effort of the season. He has 32 catches for 597 yards and seven touchdowns this season and his performance against the Buckeyes eclipsed Tony Simmon's freshman receiving yardage record of 588 set in 1994. He now needs only one touchdown to tie Simmon's freshman touchdown record of eight.

Additionally, teammate Davis posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season and his 14th 100-yard game in 19 career appearances.

Looking ahead for Wisconsin, the Badgers next face Michigan State on the road Oct. 26. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

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