Buckeyes' 19-game win streak snapped

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


"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


"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


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