Badgers fall to Buckeyes 52-21 in Big Ten opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Wisconsin was unable to open Big Ten play with a win Saturday night, falling on the road to No. 3 Ohio State 52-21.

The Buckeyes’ air and ground attack proved to be too much for the Badgers to stop in a hostile road environment at Ohio Stadium where the Badgers haven’t won since 2004. OSU QB C.J. Stroud threw for 281 yards and five touchdowns, while Treveyon Henderson led the rushing attack for the Buckeyes with 121 yards on 21 carries.

Ohio State was gifted excellent field position on its first drive of the game after Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game by Ohio State’s Tanner McCalister. Stroud would throw his first touchdown pass of the night two plays later giving the Buckeyes their first lead of the game, and one they wouldn’t look back on.

Mertz finished the night 11-20 with 94 yards yards, two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and one interception. Running back Braelon Allen broke a long, 75-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter and finished the night with 165 yards on 23 carries.

Safety John Torchio picked off Stroud right before halftime, securing his second interception of the season, which also marked Stroud’s first interception of the season.

The Badgers return to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1 to face Illinois (3-1, 1-0). Kick-off is set for 11 a.m.