Badgers suffer lopsided loss to Irish

Wisconsin outscored 31-3 in final quarter
NEW Media Staff

The Wisconsin football team was outscored 31-3 in the fourth quarter of an eventual 41-13 loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 25 in Chicago.

A 27-yard field goal from Collin Larsh gave the No. 18 Badgers a 13-10 lead over the No. 12 Fighting Irish with 14 minutes, 14 seconds to play. Notre Dame returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards to get the lead right back and then tacked on a passing touchdown to go up 24-13 with 9:34 to play.

A 37-yard field goal with 3:20 to play made it 27-13 before Notre Dame returned two interceptions for touchdowns to seal the game.

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz completed just 18 of 41 pass attempts for 240 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions. Mertz also fumbled twice, losing one of them.

Running back Chez Mellusi led a lackluster Badgers' running game with 54 yards on 18 carries. Wisconsin averaged just 2.6 yards a carry.

Wide receiver Kendric Pryor caught the touchdown from Mertz and led the team with 69 receiving yards on six receptions. Danny Davis III had five receptions for 64 yards.

Wisconsin's defense racked up six sacks and only allowed 248 total yards, 239 of which came through the air.

The Badgers were just one of 15 on third-down chances and are now 1-2 on the season.

Wisconsin will look to get back in the winning column when No. 14 Michigan visits Camp Randall on Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.