Horseshoe heartbreak: Another late pass thwarts Badgers' rally




Ohio State 33, 12 Wisconsin 29
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WIS 6:58 Ball 22 pass from Wilson (Welch kick)
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OSU 9:26 Hall 2 TD run (Basil kick)
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OSU 10:39 Basil 22 FG
OSU 4:39 Miller 44 TD run (conversion failed)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)  -- Braxton Miller threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 20 seconds left to thwart a late rally by the Badgers and give Ohio State a 33-29 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin on Saturday night.

It was almost exactly seven days earlier that the Badgers were beaten 37-31 at Michigan State on a miracle pass on the final play of the game. The latest heartbreak, just like that one, wasn't confirmed until it passed a video review.

 Fast Facts
• Long pass beats Badgers for second-consecutive week
• Wilson and Abbrederis connect on pair of 4th-quarter TDs to give UW late lead
Mike Taylor racks up 22 tackles to lead defensive effort

The play nullified a fantastic rally by the Badgers that saw senior quarterback Russell Wilson connect with sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis on a pair of dramatic fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

The second came on a 49-yard connection after Wilson found Abbrederis wide open and streaking down the sideline. That score made it 29-26 in favor of the Badgers with just 1:18 remaining.

After OSU's miraculous TD pass staked the hosts back to the lead with 20 seconds to play, the Badgers (7-2, 3-2) drove to the Ohio State 45 and took three shots at the end zone.

They got an extra play after time elapsed due to a defensive facemask call -- but linebacker Andrew Sweat hit Wilson as he was throwing to end the game and touch off a wild celebration.

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