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Buckeyes' 19-game win streak snapped

10/13/2003

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Lee Evans was in danger of being shut out
by Chris Gamble's blanket coverage and linebacker Robert Reynolds'
dirty play that sidelined Wisconsin's starting quarterback.

"We felt they wouldn't expect the deep throw. We thought it was
the right time to do it," Evans said of his 79-yard touchdown
reception from backup Matt Schabert with 5:20 left that gave the
23rd-ranked Badgers a 17-10 victory over No. 3 Ohio State on
Saturday night.

Thus ended the defending national champions' 19-game winning
streak.

"It's a feeling that nobody likes," said Buckeyes quarterback
Craig Krenzel, who lost to just the second time in 20 career
starts. "At the same time it's a feeling that you have to forget.
We'll find out a lot about our character this week."

The Buckeyes had just tied it on Michael Jenkins' 6-yard catch
from Krenzel with 6:09 remaining.

Evans, the Big Ten's leading receiver, had been shut down by
Gamble, the country's best cornerback, so well all night that he
hadn't had a single pass thrown his way.

But on second-and-9 from the 21, Evans beat Gamble and safety
Will Allen was slow getting over. Schabert hit Evans in stride at
the Ohio State 48 and Evans raced into the end zone.

"Our main emphasis was to stop the run. We felt overall we
accomplished our goal," defensive end Will Smith said. "And they
beat us with a big pass. That's disheartening."

Booker Stanley carried 31 times for 125 yards, including a
24-yard run that sealed it in the closing minute after Schabert's
6-yard bootleg on third-and-2 off a great fake to Stanley.

When the game ended, many in the crowd of 79,793 spilled onto
the field to celebrate, led by a streaker who got a jump on the
partying by racing across the field with a minute left.

"To end the nation's longest winning streak and stay undefeated
in the Big Ten, this is one of my most gratifying wins," Badgers
coach Barry Alvarez said.

The Badgers improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. The
Buckeyes fell to 5-1 and 1-1.

Schabert, a junior who had just two touchdowns tosses in his
career, was in because starter Jim Sorgi was injured when Reynolds
shoved his fingers into his throat in the third quarter.

Until Evans' touchdown, it appeared the Buckeyes might do what
had become their hallmark: eke out a win in the fourth quarter.

Ten of their 19 wins during the streak were by a touchdown or
less, including last year's 19-14 win in Madison when Gamble made
an interception in the end zone to seal it.

Sorgi's injury made it difficult for him to swallow and
impossible for him to call out plays, so Alvarez had no choice but
to send in Schabert.

"He's got a neck injury and was having a hard time breathing,"
Alvarez said. "He can't talk."

His teammates had plenty to say -- or tried to.

"Everybody kind of went off. That's something you just don't
do," Evans said. "Ohio State is a great program and for them to
come out and do that to our quarterback, ... that's one of the
lowest things I've ever seen in a football game ..."

Just then, Alvarez cut him off and said his team wouldn't
discuss the play.

"You saw the film," Alvarez told reporters.

Badgers center Donovan Raiola yelled across the field after the
play.

"If they want to do that, I don't really care who they are,"
Raiola said. "After that, I lost all respect for (all) of them."

Reynolds wasn't made available to reporters after the game and
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he didn't see the play.

"I only saw a pileup," he said.

The officials didn't see Reynolds shoving his fingers into a
prone Sorgi after his third-down scramble with just over five
minutes left, either. But several of his teammates did and they got
into a scrum with Reynolds.

No flags were thrown, and after Sorgi went out, Mike Allen
kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-3 with 5:09 left in the
third quarter.

The Buckeyes, who hadn't lost since Jan. 1, 2002, when South
Carolina beat them 31-28 in the Outback Bowl, hadn't moved the ball
well all night.

But Krenzel, who returned from a hyperextended right elbow that
had kept him out of two games, drove Ohio State 75 yards in seven
plays for the tying touchdown, which Drew Carter set up with a
diving 46-yard grab at the Badgers 6.

Stanley is just the second running back to crack 100 yards
during the Buckeyes' winning streak -- Wisconsin's Anthony Davis had
144 yards in a 19-14 loss to Ohio State last year.

The Buckeyes continued to struggle running the ball following
the suspension of Maurice Clarett. Lydell Ross gained 28 yards on
seven carries and Maurice Hall ran six times for 17 yards.

Stanley scored on a 2-yard run on the first play of the second
quarter to break a scoreless tie, and Wisconsin led 7-3 at
halftime.

Both teams turned muffed punts into field goals.

Allen's 38-yarder came after Gamble's muff and Mike Nugent's
24-yarder with four minutes left in the first half followed Jim
Leonhard's muff at his own 19.

Stanley scored from 2 yards out on the first play of the second
quarter.