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It’s official: Beavers upset Badgers

Sean Mannion AP

UPDATED 7:27 p.m. ET: A rocky start to the 2012 season for the Big Ten continued this afternoon, with the odds-on favorite to claim the Leaders division title going down in stunning fashion.

Entering the game as the No. 13 team in the country, the Badgers went on the road to Corvallis and came out with a 10-7 upset loss to Oregon State.  For the better part of the game, the Badgers could get next to nothing going offensively while at the same time failing to contain Sean Mannion, who passed for 285 yards and the lone Beaver touchdown in the win.

Montee Ball‘s Heisman hopes also took a hit as the running back finished with just 60 yards on 15 carries and, for the first time in 21 games, was kept out of the end zone.

The loss certainly does nothing to impact UW’s shot at representing the division in Indianapolis in early December, but, combined with Alabama’s shellacking of Michigan in the opener, it’s been a ego-bruising beginning for the conference as a whole in 2012.


And by “issues” we mean trailing at the end of 45 minutes to play.

Entering the game as the No. 13 team in the country and a seven-point favorite on the road in Corvallis, Wisconsin was expected to somewhat comfortably head back to Madison with a win stuffed into its back pocket.  Instead, the Badgers have found themselves in a dogfight.  With Beavers.

At the end of three quarters of play, UW trails unranked Oregon State 10-0.  Unbelievably, the Badgers have been held to just 77 yards of total offense by the Beavers.

Running back Montee Ball, one of the preseason Heisman favorites, has been limited to just 34 yards on 13 carries.  As a team, UW, which finished 11th in the country averaging 235 yards rushing per game, has just seven yards rushing as of this posting.

On the other hand, the Beavers have 331 yards of offense, paced by Sean Mannion‘s 263 yards passing and the lone touchdown of the game, a 20-yard scoring toss to Brandin Cooks.

Certainly there’s plenty of time for the Badgers to mount a comeback from what’s hardly an insurmountable deficit.  Based on how the first three quarters have played out, however, that’s far from something to take to any bank.

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10 Responses to “It’s official: Beavers upset Badgers”
  1. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:52 PM

    Wisconsin looking to one up Penn State in a game of “Can You Top This?”

  2. mungman69 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:33 PM

    Maybe PSU will win a game this year.

  3. hodag54501 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:11 PM

    Wisconsin is a classic example of how all of the “pundits” really know squat. The Badgers lost 14 starters from last year, including four offensive linemen now all in the NFL. They changed at least 6 coaches from last year, inserting Matt Canada as offensive coordinator. Early returns on his offense are somewhere between bad and pathetic. Danny O’Brien is ok, but not Russell Wilson. The new offensive line is big, slow and not very physical. As anyone with a lick of football knowledge knows, a QB and RB are made or destroyed by their offensive line. The Badgers line is…well…bad. They’ve been shoved around two weeks in a row, including a team from what used to be called Division II.
    The Badgers defense is good enough. They held a potent Beavers defense to 10 points. If the Badgers offense could must one touchdown per half, they would have won. They couldn’t. The play calling is pathetic. Toward the end of the game, Montee Ball was used as wide receiver.
    Stick a fork in Wisconsin, they are cooked, and there’s no hope.

  4. hodag54501 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:12 PM

    Correct: “Beavers offense” instead of defense.

  5. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:37 PM

    well said my friend. this is going to be a long long badger season. I see a 4 or 5 loss season.

  6. ufullpj says: Sep 8, 2012 9:45 PM

    New OC Matt Canada, and new OL Coach Mike Markusun….especially Canada – BRUTAL hires. Canada’s ego about “his” offense is amazing – and he’s bound and determined to convert Wisconsin to a spread attack. Working well so far.

  7. lanzurrah says: Sep 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    Oregon State is simply more talented.

  8. onbucky96 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:50 AM

    Um, On Wisconsin? Can someone schedule Savannah St for next week please?

  9. oregonstatesports says: Sep 9, 2012 12:49 PM

    I love how it’s “how bad Wisconsin is” instead of how well the beavers defense preformed” Wisconsin is a big ten powerhouse who gets some of the best recruits every year especially on the line. At one point in the game the beavs had four freshman lineman all four of them could probably never sniff the field if they were on Wisconsin. Let’s give a little credit where credit is due. This young beaver team did not forget there 35-0 shellacking last year!

  10. mute617 says: Sep 9, 2012 4:42 PM

    Refs screwed Wisconsin! They recovered the onside kick

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