COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State linebacker Robert Reynolds
apologized Sunday night for jabbing Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi, knocking him out of the Badgers' 17-10 win over the
Sorgi couldn't talk and had difficulty swallowing and breathing
after getting injured on a third-down keeper in the third quarter
Reynolds issued a statement through Ohio State, saying that he
had apologized to Sorgi and Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez.
"I lost my poise and there is no excuse for that," Reynolds
said. "That is certainly not characteristic of Ohio State
football. I take full responsibility for my action. As a senior, I
have to responsibility to set a better example."
Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said he also had apologized to
Alvarez on behalf of Ohio State and Reynolds.
"Having known Rob for three years, I believe this is an
isolated incident and out of character for him," Tressel said.
"He has apologized to me and is willing to accept the consequences
of his behavior."
Backup quarterback Matt Schabert came on after Sorgi was injured
and threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans with 5:20 left to
help Wisconsin snapped the defending national champions' 19-game
Reynolds was not flagged on the play, but might face
disciplinary action from the league.