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Penalties, Missed Opportunities Cost Badgers

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen

Columbus, OH (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin football team dropped its third-straight game to Ohio State on Saturday, with all three losses coming down to the very end.

The Badgers played well against the nation's 4th-ranked team, with the passing game embracing the spotlight. Quarterback Joel Stave threw for two touchdowns and receiver Jared Abbrederis hauled in 207 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

But for all the good stats Wisconsin was able to rack up, there were bad ones as well. Eight penalties and too many missed opportunities contributed to the Badgers 31-24 loss.

"If you're going to be a great team you have to make those special plays in special moments. I am proud of the way the kids fought. They never gave up. They found themselves a way to scratch and get back into the football game and ultimately had a shot to get a drive to put it into overtime at the end but it didn't take place," says head coach Gary Andersen.

Senior linebacker Chris Borland adds: "I think we outplayed them in a lot of aspects but when you make mistakes that's part of the game too and they did a good job of capitalizing. I don't want to make it seem like they didn't play well. They did play well but we made too many mistakes."

The Badgers have a bye week before taking on Northwestern on October 12th.

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