MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ohio State is one and done as No. 1.
John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and James White
darted in for the clinching score in the fourth quarter as No. 18
Wisconsin took down top-ranked Ohio State 31-18 Saturday night.
For the second week in a row, there will be a new No. 1 in college football, with the Buckeyes (6-1,
2-1 Big Ten) falling the way Alabama was beaten last week — on the
road and in conference.
Wisconsin hadn’t beaten a No. 1 since 1981, when the Badgers
knocked off Michigan 21-14.
This one felt like an upset right from the start.
David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a
touchdown and the Badgers (6-1, 2-1) proceeded to run over the
Buckeyes in the first half, taking a 21-3 into the break behind
Clay’s powerful rushing.
Terrelle Pryor guided Ohio State on two long scoring drives in
the second half and Dan Herron capped them both with touchdowns to
cut the Wisconsin lead to 21-18 with 11:38 left in the fourth.
But the Badgers responded with another long touchdown drive then
added a field goal and No. 1 is up for grabs again — just in time
for the BCS standings to make their season debut on Sunday.
Next up at No. 1 in the AP Top 25? Maybe, No. 2 Oregon, which
was idle this week and has never been No. 1 before. The Ducks must
have enjoyed watching the show at rowdy Camp Randall. No. 3 Boise
State and No. 4 TCU also must have been smiling as the scores
rolled in from around the country.
Not only did Ohio State lose, so did previously unbeaten No. 5
Nebraska — and the those power conference outsiders from Boise
State and TCU now have two fewer bluebloods to block to path to the
national championship game.
Wisconsin broke a three game-losing streak to the Buckeyes in
easily the biggest victory since Bret Bielema took over the program
from Barry Alavrez five years ago.
Bielema had been 0-4 against top 10 teams. Now the Rose Bowl is
in reach again for the Badgers.
The Badgers’ fans celebrated big-time, pouring onto the field
despite pleas from the PA announcer that it wasn’t safe. They
seemed to make it down OK, covering the field and some grabbing a
seat on the goal posts.