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Horseshoe heartache: Badgers' rally falls short at OSU

Wisconsin 4 Ohio State 31, 23 Wisconsin 24
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7 7 0 10 24
 Ohio State
14 10 7 0 31
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 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Gordon - 15 Car, 74 Yds
 • Passing: Stave - 20-34, 295 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
 • Receiving: Abbrederis - 10 Rec, 207 Yds, 1 TD
 • Defense: Borland - 16 Tkl, 0.5 TFL
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
OSU 12:18 Spencer 25 TD pass from Miller
(Basil kick)
WIS 3:52 Abbrederis 36 TD pass from Stave (French kick)
OSU 0:44 Smith 26 TD pass from Miller
(Basil kick)
 Second Quarter
OSU 4:33 Basil 45 FG
WIS 1:30 Arneson 11 TD pass from Stave (French kick)
OSU 0:01 Brown 40 TD pass from Miller
(Basil kick)
 Third Quarter
OSU 2:18 Brown 1 TD pass from Miller
(Basil kick)
 Fourth Quarter
WIS 13:47 White 17 TD run (French kick)
WIS 2:05 French 42 FG
 Stats at a Glance
 First Downs 20 21
 Total Offensive Yards 399 390
 Rushing Attempts-Yards 27-104 43-192
 Passing 20-34-1 17-25-0
 Passing Yards 295 198
 Penalties-Yards 8-54 6-43
 Turnovers 3 1
 Punts-Avg. 5-40.4 6-39.8
 Punt Returns-Avg. 1-3.0 1-6.0
 Kick Returns-Avg. 3-18.0 4-21.8
 3rd-Down Conversions 3-12 6-15
 4th-Down Conversions 1-2 1-2
 Time of Possession 29:42 30:18
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Sept. 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio  -- Trailing by 16 points entering the fourth quarter, No. 23 Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) fought back to draw within one touchdown of No. 4 Ohio State (5-0, 0-1) in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, but wasn't able to finish the deal against the Buckeyes.

Ten points in the fourth quarter kept the Badgers in the game until the final minute, but Ohio State's defense forced a four-and-out as Wisconsin sought a late game-tying drive to preserve the 31-24 win for the Buckeyes.

WR Jared Abbrederis did all he could for the Badgers, hauling in 10 passes for 207 yards, both career-highs, and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to overcome Braxton Miller's four touchdown tosses for Ohio State.

 Fast Facts
• Abbrederis had a career-high 207 receiving yards
• Borland matched career high with 16 tackles
• Stave completed 20 of 34 passes for career-high 295 yards

The Buckeyes rattled off 14 unanswered points to build a 31-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Wisconsin wasn't ready to throw in the towel. In the final quarter, RB James White ran in a 17-yard score and Kyle French knocked through a 42-yard field goal to pull the Badgers within a score.

Wisconsin got the ball back with 1:29 left looking to tie the game, but the Buckeye's defense stood strong to lock down the win.

The Ohio State defense bottled up the high-powered Badgers' running game all night, limiting White and Melvin Gordon to a season team-low 104 total rushing yards. But QB Joel Stave gave UW a chance through the air, throwing for a career-high 295 yards and two scores.

In the end, though, it was Wisconsin's miscues that helped the Buckeyes to the win.

Right before half, when it looked like the Badgers would head into the locker room down only three after two Stave TD passes, Miller found WR Philly Brown with a 40-yard touchdown strike to stake OSU to a 24-14 halftime lead. The TD pass came one play after UW CB Sojourn Shelton dropped a would-be interception.

Then, in the third-quarter, Ohio State CB Bradley Roby's interception of Stave set the Buckeyes up with a short field which Miller converted into a one-yard touchdown pass to Brown for a 31-14 lead that, in the end, the Badgers weren't able to overcome.

LB Chris Borland was all over the field for the Badgers in his home state of Ohio, tying a career-high and leading all defenders with 16 tackles.

Wisconsin has a bye week next weekend before returning home to Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 12 against Big Ten foe, Northwestern (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

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