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Recent History of OSU vs. Wisconsin is the Stuff of Rivalries.
By Patrick Muprhy

The Game and the Team Up North will always be Ohio State’s number one rival, but throughout the years there have been classic periods of rivalry with other teams.

Most recently a rivalry has developed between the Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers.

This weeek Urban Meyer called the Badgers “the kings of the Big Ten,” as they have won the last two conference titles and appearances in the Rose Bowl each year.

The last nine years have seen great games between these two foes, and couple that weren't so red hot. Over that time frame OSU holds a 6-3 edge over the Badgers.

With another matchup between these two this week, here is a look back at those recent games between Ohio State and Wisconsin that has turned another football game into a Big Ten rivalry.

2002 - OSU 19, Wisconsin 14

It is hard to point to where this rivalry began, but the 2002 game in Madison is one Buckeye fans should remember fondly.

Ohio State went into Wisconsin undefeated, in what was their last major road test of the season (though they struggled through games at Purdue and Illinois).

In a season full of last-second finishes and fourth-quarter comebacks, this game did not disappoint.

Ben Hartsock celebrates with Maurice Clarett and Craig Krenzel after making the game-winning catch.
Photo by Jim Davidson

The Badgers led 14-13 in the fourth quarter before Craig Krenzel connected on a three-yard touchdown pass to Ben Hartsock to take the lead. OSU did not connect on the two-point conversion, giving Wisconsin the chance to win the game.

The defense, which came through for the Scarlet and Gray all year, did its job, as Chris Gamble picked off Jim Sorgi in the end zone.

The Buckeyes were then able to run out the clock and seal a 19-14 win to remain undefeated on their way to a National Championship.

Maurice Clarett had 30 carries for 133 yards and Krenzel finished with 204 yards passing and two touchdowns.

2003 - Wisconsin 17, OSU 10

Robert Reynolds makes a play against the Badgers
Photo by Jim Davidson
Robert Reynolds

This game is famous for two reasons.

There was Robert Reynolds’ dirty play, shoving his fingers into Sorgi’s throat in the third quarter, which resulted in the quarterback leaving the game and the linebacker being suspended for the next game.

What it is less remembered for outside of Columbus is that Wisconsin ended Ohio State’s 19-game winning streak and severely hurt their chances at a second-straight National Title game appearance.

Without Clarett, the Buckeyes were unable to run like they had in the previous year’s meeting – just 69 rushing yards on the day – and could not get enough from their passing attack.

Backup Badgers’ quarterback Matt Schabert found Lee Evans on a 79-yard touchdown pass with just over five minutes remaining for a 17-10 win. This was Evans’ – the Big Ten’s leading receiver – only catch of the day going against Gamble.

2004 - Wisconsin 24, OSU 13

The Buckeyes were in rebuilding mode in 2004 and suffered a three-game losing streak to open the Big Ten season. After an overtime loss at Northwestern to begin league play the Buckeyes returned to Ohio Stadium only to have their offense throttled by the Wisconsin defense.

Ohio State did not score an offensive touchdown on the day. Ted Ginn Jr. gave OSU a 7-0 lead with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, but the OSU offense managed just two field goals the rest of the way.

The Badgers led 14-13 at the half and shut out the Buckeyes in the second half while scoring a touchdown and a field goal of their own. Wisconsin's Anthony Davis rushed for 168 yards and one touchdown. OSU rushed for just 99 net yards as a team.

A. J. Hawk tries to catch up with Anthony Davis
Photo by Jim Davidson
A. J. Hawk, Anthony Davis

The following week the Buckeyes were pounded by Iowa 33-7 at Iowa City.

2007 - OSU 38, Wisconsin 17

Beanie Wells strikes paydirt in the fourth quarter.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Beanie Wells

The Buckeyes were ranked number one in the country when the No. 19 ranked Badgers came to Columbus, and for three quarters it looked like Wisconsin might pull off the upset.

The game was tied at 17 all at the end of three quarters, but OSU scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open what had been a tight game..

OSU's fourth quarter scoring included a 29-yard touchdown run and a 30-yard touchdown run by Beanie Wells and an eight-yard scoring pass from Todd Boeckman to Brian Robiske.

Wisconsin rushed for just 12 net yards on 37 attempts. Wells meanwhile went for 169 on 21 carries for the Buckeyes

2008 - OSU 20, Wisconsin 17

Welcome to the national collegiate scene Terrelle Pryor.
The freshman quarterback, who likely didn’t need an introduction after his recruitment, made his first national statement for the Buckeyes in 20-17 victory.

Terrelle Pryor
Photo by Jim Davidson
Terrelle Pryor

Pryor led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, including the final one to get the win. He kept the ball on a speed option and took it the 11 yards needed to for the game-winning score.

Malcolm Jenkins then picked off Allan Evridge to close the deal.

Pryor finished with 144 yards passing on 13/19 and Chris Wells lumbered his way to 168 yards and touchdown.

Ohio State was able to get pressure on Wisconsin early and often and held both John Clay and P.J. Hill under 70 yards on the night.

2009 - Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 13

No. 9 Ohio State and No. 25 Wisconsin were both unbeaten when they met in 2009, and though the Badgers out gained the Buckeyes significantly in the contest, it was Ohio State that emerged still unscathed and the Badgers who suffered their first loss of the season.

The final statistics showed that Wisconsin ran 89 plays and gained 368 yards while OSU ran just 40 for 184 yards, but it was 21 points from OSU's special teams and defense that made the difference along with six big sacks by the Buckeyes.

Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien threw for 250 yards while Terrelle Pryor produced just 87 yards passing.

The Badgers racked up yards but not points.

OSU safety Curt Coleman scored the only touchdown of the first quarter on an 89-yard interception return. The second quarter saw Wisconsin score a touchdown and a field goal while the Buckeyes added another TD on a 32-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor to DeVier Posey to take a 14-10 lead at the half.

Curt Coleman races down the sideline for the first score of the game.
Photo by Jim Davidson
Curt Coleman

OSU's next score came courtesy of a 32 yard interception return by Jermale Hines to stake the Buckeyes to a 21-10 lead.

Wisconsin answered with a field goal to make it 21-13, but on the ensuing kickoff Ray Small returned it 96 yards for another OSU score to make it 28-13.

The Buckeyes added a fourth quarter field goal to make the final score 31-13.

The Wisconsin turnovers and two missed field goals made it a frustrating day for the Badgers.

2010 - Wisconsin 31, OSU 18

The Buckeyes had been anointed the No. 1 team in the country the week before and went into Madison only to have things fall apart quickly.

Terrelle Pryor
Photo by Jim Davidson
Terrelle Pryor

The Badgers returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and never looked back. Ohio State found themselves down 14-0 before the first quarter was over and losing 21-3 at halftime.

Pryor led the Buckeyes on two second-half scoring drives and a two-point conversion to cut the Wisconsin lead to 21-18 and give OSU fans hope, but the Badgers were able to score another touchdown to reach the final score of 31-18.

Pryor only completed 14/28 passes on the night and the team could only rush for a total of 155 rushing yards.

Wisconsin got 104 yards on the ground from John Clay to go along with two touchdowns. Scott Tolzien only threw three incompletions on the night, as he managed the game to perfection.

2011 - OSU 33, Wisconsin 29

The Badgers came in to Ohio Stadium on the back of a last-second Hail Mary defeat to Michigan State.

Devin Smith hangs on to the football for the game-winning score.
Photo by Dan Harker
Devin Smith

Braxton Miller had similar plans, as he announced himself to the country with a 40-yard heave to a wide open Devin Smith in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining.

That came after Wisconsin scored touchdowns on two successive drives to take the lead, including a Russell Wilson 49-yard pass to Jared Abbredaris and two-point conversion to take a three-point lead at 29 -26.

This was a big win for the Buckeyes in a season of turmoil and was a bright spot in a year that finished 6-7.

Miller was only 7/12 passing for 89 yards and a touchdown, but rushed for 99 yards and two scores. Daniel Herron carried the ball for 160 yards in his second game back from suspension.
It was also the first big-play score of Smith’s career, something he has since then become known for.

2012- 21-14 (Overtime)

Carlos Hyde scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime
Photo by Dan Harker
Carlos Hyde

Last year’s contest was an old-fashion Big Ten slugfest. Both teams relied on their defense to limit the other from scoring and attempted to grind it out on the ground.

There were only 38 passes attempted on the afternoon and the teams combined for 345 on the ground, including 191 from the Badgers’ Montee Ball.

The Buckeyes thought they had the game won in regulation after recovering a Ball fumble on the goal line, but they gave Wisconsin one last chance and Curt Philips was able to connect with Jacob Pederson for the tying score.

Carlos Hyde, who had 87 yards in the game, ran 11 yards on the first play of overtime and then took the ball in from the two yards out two plays later for his second touchdown of the day.

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