MADISON- In major upset fashion, the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers played poorly in all three phases and lost to the unranked BYU Cougars, 24-21 at Camp Randall.
Danny Davis made his return to the Badgers following a two-game suspension, and dropped the first pass of the game, which led to a Wisconsin three-and-out, setting the tone for the entire game.
Following back to back punts to start the game, Wisconsin drove 61 yards, highlighted by a 27-yard pitch and catch from Alex Hornibrook to Jake Ferguson. Senior running back Taiwan Deal capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown, his first since his freshman season of 2015, to put Wisconsin up 7-0.
After the Badgers’ drive, BYU answered right back with a drive of its own, going 75 yards in just six plays to tie the game at 7 with four minutes left in the first quarter. Squally Canada led the team on the drive, finishing the possession with a three-yard run on the score.
Wisconsin elected to punt on fourth and a yard, giving BYU the ball at their own 10-yard-line. The Cougars made the most of their possession again, this time driving 90 yards for another touchdown. BYU ran an absolutely perfect double-pass trick play, caught the Badgers biting, and took it in for the score to take the lead 14-7.
BYU nearly followed their scoring drive with another touchdown, but fortunately for the Badgers, a 36-yard pass got called back and the defense held, forcing the Cougars into a missed 52-yard field goal.
With multiple third down conversions and one fourth-down conversion, Wisconsin finally scored their second touchdown of the game to tie it up at 14. Jonathan Taylor and Danny Davis were the workhorses for the drive, but fullback Alec Ingold got the glory with the two-yard touchdown to finish the series at the 1:17 mark.
BYU then essentially ran out the clock, going into the locker room tied at 14 with the heavily-favored Badgers. At the half, Taylor led all players with 73 rushing yards, while the Cougars had 134 rushing yards as a team.
The Cougars started the second half with the ball, and Wisconsin did its job on defense forcing BYU into another punt. Then, Alex Hornibrook made one of the worst throws of his career, an underthrown ball intended for Jake Ferguson, which was an easy interception for the Cougars.
BYU made the Badgers pay for the interception, getting yet another touchdown from running back Squally Canada and retaking the lead, 21-14 in the Badgers’ house.
Wisconsin then traded scores again with BYU. The Badgers, trailing at home, drove over 80 yards on a vintage Wisconsin drive, behind Taylor, Deal and the run game. Deal got his second touchdown, and Hornibrook looked more confident on the drive as well.
With under 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Badgers and Cougars were tied at 21.
That didn’t remain the case for long, though, as the Cougars quickly drove down the field and scored a 45-yard field goal to regain the lead, 24-21.
Wisconsin got the ball back, drove and had the chance to tie it, but missed a 41-yard field goal, giving the ball back to BYU for good.
In an enormous upset, the Badgers dropped to 2-1 on the season.