Despite dominating the time of possession and running far more offensive plays than Washington State, the Wisconsin Badgers fell 17-14 to the Cougars on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
It's a tough loss to take for Wisconsin, ranked 19th in the country and coming off a dominating win last week.
The Cougars defense focused on holding Braelon Allen in check and were able to do a good job of it throughout the game, holding Allen to just 98 yards on 21 carries. Wisconsin averaged just four yards per carry and their longest rush was just 17 yards. Graham Mertz completed 18 of 31 passes for 227 yards with 2 TDs and one interception. Tight end Clay Cundiff caught both touchdowns and had four total receptions for 59 yards.
Badgers kicker Vito Calvaruso missed both of his field goal attempts, the first from 51 yards away and the second would've tied the game at 17 in the 4th quarter but was partially blocked from 43 yards out.
Former Badgers running back Nakia Watson had a huge day for the Cougars, rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown while also having a 31 yard touchdown catch to put the Cougars up for good.
Wisconsin went on a long, 13 play, 41 yard drive that lasted over 10 minutes in game time but ended in an interception that was then fumbled by the Cougars and fell right into the hands of Graham Mertz to give Wisconsin the ball back. But two plays later Clay Cundiff caught a pass over the middle and then fumbled and the ball was recovered by Washington State.
After that, the Badgers defense just couldn't get a stop and Washington State was able to run out the clock to end the game and leave Madison with a 17-14 victory.
Next up for the Badgers is New Mexico State next Saturday back at Camp Randall. That'll be their final non-conference game of the year before heading to Ohio State the week after.