Wisconsin Ohio State Football: No. 1 Buckeyes Upset by No. 18 Wisconsin, 31-18

Mihir BhagatSenior Analyst IIIOctober 16, 2010

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 04:  Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to pass against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium September 4, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wisconsin won 41-21.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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No. 1 ranked Ohio State has fallen to No. 18 Wisconsin in a 31-18 upset.

Wisconsin jumped out to an early 21-0 lead that included a pair of touchdown scores by running back John Clay. Their quick start clearly set the stage for the remainder of the game.

Quarterback Scott Tolzein did a nice job managing the game, completing 13 of his 16 pass attempts.

Meanwhile Terrelle Pryor was held to a mere 50 percent completion rate and finished with only 156 yards through the air. He also tacked on 56 yards rushing.

Surprisingly the Badgers were able to slightly edge out the Buckeyes in that category as they were led by the dynamic duo of Clay and James White.

Interestingly enough the two teams were statistically comparable in most categories. However, the Badgers simply executed more efficiently. 

Moreover missed opportunities killed the Buckeyes today. Pryor threw a costly interception, Devin Barclay misfired on a field goal, and their offensive line surrendered four sacks. 

On the flip side the Buckeyes defense was absolutely scorched. Instead of allowing the 13.5 points they have this season, they gave up 31.

This loss is certainly a big blow to Ohio State. If they have any hopes of making it to the BCS National Championship game, they'll not only need to win out but will need a bit of luck. 

As for Wisconsin, this is certainly a statement win and it'll be interesting to see how it affects the AP Top 25 poll. What we know for sure is that the Buckeyes are no longer No. 1.

This is the second consecutive week that the No. 1 team has been beaten, which just goes to show that any team can win in any given game.