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Wisconsin upsets No. 5 LSU, 16-14, in defensive struggle

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The LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers met up in the first ever college football game at Lambeau Field. It was a defensive struggle for most of the game as expected and the fans in Green Bay got more exactly what they paid for in a match-up of two Power Five teams.

It was a defensive struggle for most of the game, but the Badgers held off a LSU rally to pull off the upset. It was a bad game of turnovers for the Tigers that led to the loss.

The Badgers knew they had to rely on their defense to step up in this game, especially after losing defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU over the offseason. They did a great job shutting down the LSU offense and running back Leonard Fournette, but Badger fullback Troy Fumagalli did a terrific job showing off his sheer power.

The Badgers and Tigers were scoreless late in the second quarter, but the former team forced a turnover by Derrius Guice. They turned that into a score just minutes later, connecting on a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

The Badgers added another field goal just before halftime and took a 6-0 lead into the locker room. The Tigers had only 65 total yards of offense with 35 of those coming off 11 Fournette carries.

The Tigers couldn’t get anything going on their first possession of the second half and punted back to the Badgers. They took advantage and drove down the field, capping off the big drive with a five-yard score to give them a 13-0 lead.

The LSU offense couldn’t get much going after punted away near the Badgers’ red zone. However, their defense got things going as cornerback Tre’Davious White intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards for the touchdown, making the score 13-7.

The pick-six seemed to wake up the Tigers as White recovered a fumble forced by safety Donte Jackson on the ensuing drive. They took advantage of the turnover and drove down the field with quarterback Brandon Harris hooking up with Travin Dural from 10 yards out to make the score 14-13.

The Tigers’ defense held strong again and forced a Badger punt, but there was a little bit of controversy. A replay showed that the ball may have grazed White’s foot on a bounce.

That went the way of Wisconsin and the Tigers held them to a field goal. That gave them a 16-14 lead over LSU.

The Tigers looked to move down the field and looked to take the lead on one final drive. However, Harris threw his second interception of the game, essentially sealing the upset for Wisconsin.

After the interception by D’Cota Dixon, LSU guard Josh Boutte took a cheap shot, leading to a personal foul that got him ejected from the game.

Fournette finished the game with 138 yards on the ground, but no touchdowns, while 50 of Harris’s yards went to Dural, who hauled in the offense’s only touchdown.

For Wisconsin, Clement finished the game with 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground and Fumagali had 100 yards receiving on the game.

The Tigers will look to bounce back next week when they face off against Jacksonville State, while Wisconsin meets up with Akron.

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CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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