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Wisconsin 20, Ohio St. 17
Posted: Saturday October 13, 2001 08:22 PM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- After Wisconsin was embarrassed at home last week, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel expected a different Badgers' team to show up at Ohio Stadium. Much to his chagrin, he was right.

In a stunning turnaround, Wisconsin scored 20 unanswered points and rallied for a 20-17 Big Ten Conference victory over Ohio State on Mark Neuser's 33-yard field goal with 2:10 remaining.

Wisconsin (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) suffered a 63-32 loss to Indiana last week, matching the highest point total allowed in school history.

Ohio State (3-2, 2-1) regained possession on its 37, but failed to pick up a first down and turned over the ball on downs. Wisconsin ran out the clock after two snaps.

"I was proud to win a very hard-fought football game after the game we had last week," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said. "When you come into as good an atmosphere as there is in college football and win, you can imagine how proud I am of this team right now."

The loss left Michigan as the only undeafeated team in the Big 10.

Ohio State opened a 17-0 lead on a three-yard TD run by Derek Ross with 10:27 remaining in the second quarter, but the momentum turned following a bad snap on an Ohio State punt in the final minute of the first half.

"Our problems really started late in the first half," Tressel said. "We really didn't get things done and gave them opportunities. To Wisconsin's credit, they played hard throughout the whole game and made plays when they had to."

Wisconsin took over at the Ohio State 23 and needed only one play to get on the board on Anthony Davis' touchdown run with 46 seconds left in the half.

"They made a mistake just before the half and we were able to capitalize," Alvarez said. "It gave us momentum going into the half. We were able to draw on that."

The Badgers closed to 17-14 on Brooks Bollinger's 42-yard TD pass to Nick Davis 2:53 into the third quarter and tied it on Neuser's 25-yard field goal 50 seconds into the final period.

Wisconsin has won nine of its last 10 Big Ten road games and became the first team to win at Penn State and Ohio State in the same season.

Wisconsin also has won in its last two trips to Ohio State, posting a 42-17 win here in 1999.

The Buckeyes sputtered offensively after taking the 17-point lead, rushing for minus-five yards rushing. Steve Bellisari also struggled, completing just 10-of-21 passes for 121 yards and an interception. He also was sacked four times.

"We have to have an effective passing game to win," Tressel said. "We made improvements in some areas, but didn't consistently protect the passer or complete passes."

Wisconsin allowed 449 yards on the ground against Indiana, including 280 by Levon Williams.

Anthony Davis rushed for 103 yards on 26 carries for the Badgers, while Bollinger completed 12-of-22 for 202 yards with an interception.

"I like to play this brand of football," Alvarez said. "I wish I could play that way every week. I like physical football. It is not really fancy. It is tough guys banging around in there. You just have to see who executes."

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