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Chewed up: Late rally falls short for Badgers at Oregon State

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 • Rushing: Montee Ball - 15 Car, 61 Yds
 • Passing: Danny O'Brien - 20-38, 172, TD, INT
 • Receiving: Jacob Pedersen - 4 Rec, 36 Yds, TD
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 • First Downs 13 18
 • Total Offensive Yards 207 354
 • Passing Yards 172 276
 • Rushing Yards 35 78
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 • Punts-Avg. 7-39.9 6-40.8
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 • 4th-Down Conversions 2-4 1-4
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Sept. 8, 2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- In the end, the Badgers' rally was a little late and a yard short.

No. 13 Wisconsin rallied late but saw its hopes of a comeback fade with an overturned call in the final 90 seconds of a 10-7 loss to Oregon State at Reser Stadium.

Kicker Kyle French appeared to have recovred his own onside kick that would have given the Badgers one last shot at points, but a video review ruled French touched the ball just nine yards from where it was kicked.

The ball must travel at least 10 yards on an onside kick.

"The one positive is in all of this is that our guys did not stop fighting and, if we get that, we have a chance to tie or win the game," QB Danny O'Brien said. "We fought until the last second and felt good about it."

The play came on the heels of a 11-yard touchdown pass from O'Brien to TE Jacob Pedersen that shook the cobwebs from a Wisconsin offense that struggled to move the ball most of the day.

The TD strike brought the Badgers within a field goal with 1:31 to play, but UW didn't get another shot at scoring.

UW's defense put the Beavers in a similar situation for most of the day, with Oregon State finding the end zone only once on a 20-yard connection from QB Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks midway through the third quarter.

A 43-yard field goal by Trevor Romaine had opened the scoring early in the second quarter.

Offensively, the Badgers were bottled up on the ground to the tune of just 35 rushing yards, and UW managed only 207 yards in total.

Wisconsin converted just two of its 14 third-down attempts and finished with an 11-minute, 10-second deficit in time of possession.

The loss snapped Wisconsin's 33-game regular-seaosn non-conference win streak and also ended UW's run of 11 straight non-conference road wins.

Senior RB Montee Ball finished with 61 yards on 15 carries and had four receptions for 18 yards, but he saw his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown halted at 21.

Through the air, O'Brien went 20-for-38 for 172 yards to go with the TD pass to Pedersen and an interception.

"We've got to me more balanced overall, we've got to complete the ball that we do throw on third-and-manageable," O'Brien said. "We've got to be able to get the run game going.

"I am going to look at this film and see what we can do to improve on it and make sure we don't make these mistakes again."

Junior LB Ethan Armstrong finished with a team-high 10 tackles, while S Shelton Johnson added nine stops and LBs Mike Taylor and Chris Borland recorded eight tackles each.

The loss marked the first non-conference loss in head coach Bret Bielema's seven seasons in Madison. Bielema started his career 25 straight regular-season non-conference wins -- the second-best start in Big Ten history.

The Badgers (1-1) return to Camp Randall Stadium next Saturday to face Utah State (2-0) in a non-conference matchup under the lights. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., live on BTN.

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