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Wisconsin Football Fans React to the Badgers loss at Washington State

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Wisconsin Football head coach Luke Fickell
Wisconsin head coach Luke Fickell argues a call during the the fourth quarter of their game Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin beat Buffalo 38-17.

Wisconsin football got off to a slow start against Washington State. In the third quarter, however, everything started to come together. The Badgers scored 16 unanswered points and were within two by the start of the fourth quarter. Despite promising hopes of a comeback, it all fell apart.

So, how are Wisconsin football fans feeling about it?

Wisconsin Football’s Shaky Defense

Washington State opened the game by punting on its first two drives. The Cougars’ next three drives, however, each ended in points.

Tanner Mordecai Struggles Early for Wisconsin Football

Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai fumbled twice in the first half. The second strip-sack resulted in six points for WSU off of a scoop-and-score. Needless to say, fans were not pleased with the SMU transfer.

Wisconsin Badgers Trail Washington State Cougars 24-9 at Halftime

With one half in the books, Wisconsin football fans were not very happy.

Even a former Wisconsin football kicker chimed in on the one bright side of the night!

Wisconsin Football Quarterback Tanner Mordecai Shines in Third Quarter

After his slow start, Mordecai orchestrated two touchdown drives in the third quarter. Mordecai capped-off the second drive with a spectacular throw and an equally impressive catch by wide receiver Skyler Bell.

Should Wisconsin Football Have Been Awarded a Safety?

Early in the fourth quarter, Badgers linebacker James Thompson Jr. sacked WSU quarterback Cam Ward. Ward was ruled down at the one-yard line of Wazzu, but it appeared the play should have resulted in a safety. If it had, Wisconsin would have gotten the ball back tied 24-24.

Wisconsin Football Falls to Washington State 31-22

Despite what looked like a promising comeback, the Badgers’ early mistakes doomed them. UW had to play nearly perfectly in the second half to come back but fell just short. Some Wisconsin fans are taking the loss in stride. Others, however, are already calling to end the Luke Fickell era.


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Kedrick Stumbris covers Wisconsin football, basketball, hockey, and volleyball. He received his B.A. with economics and political science majors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has had his work published on Bleacher Report and Verbal Commits.

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