Ryan Field continues to be the house of horrors for the Wisconsin Badgers. The short handed Badgers lost 17-7 in Evanston to the Northwestern Wildcats. Wisconsin is now 1-6 in the last seven games in Evanston.
The officiating was horrendous, particularly in the first half, more specifically in the first quarter. Big Ten officiating is a disaster, don’t believe me? Just look at the finish to the Purdue/Minnesota game last night.
Wisconsin’s five turnovers, four committed by redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz, were too much for the Badgers to overcome.
The last time Wisconsin had five turnovers? Five years ago to the day….against Northwestern. And just like that game in 2015, Wisconsin’s defense deserved better.
I don’t know what a graceful loss looks like, but Wisconsin has never had one.
If you’re new to this Wisconsin at Northwestern football thing, this is about how it goes.
Graham Mertz is good enough to beat Northwestern, but all the backup receivers UW had to play tonight due to players being out aren’t good enough.
Graham Mertz was 23-for-41 passing the ball for 230 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions and a fumble.
Hopefully this game is a lesson in two years that greatly helps Mertz in crunch time.
The Badgers fall to 2-1 on the season. Next up is the longest rivalry in college football as Wisconsin hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers next Saturday, November 28, at 1:00 PM (CT) for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN).
Wisconsin doesn’t play at Northwestern again till October 1st, 2022. Let’s have ourselves a year in 2021!