The wait for Brooks Bollinger's next win, securing his legacy as the all-time winningest quarterback in school history will have to wait at least one more week, if not more after he left Saturday's game with a concussion.
Backup Jim Sorgi played well in relief, completing 7-of-15 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, but he felt bad he couldn't get Bollinger's win for him.
"I saw him after the game, and I apologized to him for not getting that win, because I really wanted him to be the all-time winningest quarterback in the history of the school," Sorgi said. "We gave each other a hug and said, it's alright. Either way this week, if he's playing or if he's not playing, we're going to get that win. If he's healthy, he's going to go. If he's not it's my turn. But I'm behind him."
Sorgi said he was sorry about the consequences leading to his extended playing time on Saturday, but he was thrilled to finally get some quality time on the field.
"I was actually thinking before the game, it's been a while since I got in there and played a significant amount of time and was able to get in a rhythm and kind of lead the team," Sorgi said. "It felt good to get back into the swing of things."
Sorgi said if he gets word early this week that he will start in his home state, at Michigan State, he will put his preparation into overdrive.
"If I am lucky enough to get the start, I'm going to do everything in my power (to win)," Sorgi said. "I'm going to be in the office every day watching film, for as many hours as I can, because I really want that first win as a starter, and then get this team back on the right track. Because this team has too many good kids, too many good people involved in this program to just let it crumble after going 5-0 the first five games. We're a good team, a good program. We're going to pick it up."
For better or worse, Sorgi was one of the players that didn't seem overly upset about the loss against Ohio State. For a team that just lost its third Big Ten game, eliminating itself from title contention, the team was pretty upbeat in the locker room following the game.
"There's a lot of frustration, but being 5-3 helps, because we know if we play like we did (against OSU), we have a very good chance of winning our last five games, which makes us 10-3, and that's one of the best records to ever go through Wisconsin," Sorgi said. "The coaches said it right. We were in the game, we played hard, it's probably the best game we played all year, we were fundamentally sound.
"A couple of first downs here and there, a couple of plays either way go differently, and we win that ball game, and that's against the No. 4 team in the country. You have to look beyond the loss and look at what you did right, and know that we still have five Big Ten games left. We know if we can go 5-0 the next five games, we can go to a really good bowl game."
Sorgi ready to start
Badger Nation Top Stories
Notes: Biegel's Return a Boost for WisconsinRead out Vince Biegel's return to the lineup, Wisconsin's two-quarterback system, its multiple offensive line system and more in our insider postgame notebook.
Badger Nation1:18 AM
Fresh Faces Make the DifferenceIn one of Wisconsin's most competitive rivalries, the Badgers' freshmen - namely Quintez Cephus, Kyle Penniston and A.J. Taylor - made a big difference.
Badger NationYesterday at 3:17 PM
Grabbing the Bull by the HornsSeeing starters not make the trip or get injured as the game wore on, No.10 Wisconsin saw its defense stand tall once again in a 17-9 victory over Iowa.
Badger NationYesterday at 2:51 PM
Wisconsin Delivers in the HeartlandOn an off day for Wisconsin's offense, the Badgers' defense delivers another dominating performance to reclaim the Heartland Trophy with a 17-9 road victory over Iowa.
Badger NationYesterday at 7:48 AM