Tommy Armstrong’s fourth down pass fell incomplete in the end zone in overtime, ending Nebraska’s unbeaten season.
“It sure is disappointing to lose,” said Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley after the loss.
The Husker rallied from a 17-7 deficit in the fourth quarter and had a possession with a chance to win the game in regulation.
Wisconsin started the overtime session with an 11-yard touchdown run by Dare Ogunbowale, but the Badgers missed the PAT, leaving the door open for Nebraska to win with a touchdown and PAT on their overtime possession.
The Huskers’ first two plays in OT netted just 2 yards. An incomplete pass on third down left the Huskers looking for a pass interference call, but no flag came.
“It’s a tough call to make,” said wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, who was knocked to the ground by a Wisconsin defender while running his route. “It really doesn’t matter if I think it was or not. It’s football. Sometimes they get called and sometimes they don’t.”
Nebraska then failed on fourth down, ending the game. The Huskers fall to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in Big Ten play.
“Everything about out team I know was confirmed,” said Riley. “They’ll continue to fight.
Nebraska’s defense kept the Huskers in the game in the first three quarters, allowing only 17 Wisconsin points in regulation.
“We knew what type of fight we were going to get in,” said safety Nate Gerry. “The defense played pretty well.”
Nebraska’s fourth quarter rally was par for the course for the Huskers in 2016. They’ve now out-scored opponents 108-13 in the fourth quarter this season.
With the loss, Nebraska still controls its own destiny in the Big Ten West race, leading all other teams by at least one game in the standings.
“We’re going to get better from this game. You’ve got to learn from your losses,” said Westerkamp. “It’s the first one of the season, the world’s not ending. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”
Nebraska takes on Ohio State next Saturday in Columbus.