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Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema walks off the field after the Badgers lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday evening, Sept. 29, 2012. M.P. King-State Journal

Michael P. King

For the sixth time in Bret Bielema's seven seasons as University of Wisconsin football coach, the Badgers lost their Big Ten Conference road opener.

Considering that last year's setback was the infamous Hail Mary game at Michigan State that spoiled what many viewed as a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a national title run, Saturday's 30-27 loss at No. 22 Nebraska can't be regarded as the most disappointing of that bunch.

Still, it marked the fourth time in Bielema's tenure that the Badgers blew a double-digit second-half lead, surpassed only by the 2008 collapse at Michigan in which the Badgers led 19-0 late in the third quarter before surrendering 27 points in less than 13 minutes en route to a 27-25 defeat.

And for recreational purposes only, Wisconsin fell to 0-4 under his watch as a double-digit underdog (Nebraska was a 12-point favorite at kickoff).

The Badgers have held the lead at some point in 13 of their 21 losses in the Bielema Era.

Here's a look at those margins, in descending order.

19: at Michigan, 2008.

17: at Nebraska, 2012.

14: at Michigan State, a 37-31 loss in 2011. The Badgers led 14-0 in the first quarter but fell behind by halftime before rallying to tie late.

11: at Michigan State, a 25-24 loss in 2008. The Badgers charged to a 24-13 lead with 9:19 left but the Spartans scored a quick TD, then tacked on two Brett Swenson field goals -- including a 44-yarder with 7 seconds left.

7: vs. Iowa, a 20-10 loss in 2009. The Badgers led 10-3 at the break but were held scoreless the rest of the way.

7: at Michigan State, a 34-24 loss in 2010. The Badgers led 10-3 in second quarter but played from behind the rest of the way.

7: at Michigan, a 27-10 loss in 2006. The Badgers led 7-0 in first quarter and 10-7 in the second but the Wolverines scored the final 20 points.

7: at Ohio State, a 38-17 loss in 2007. The Badgers led 17-10 in third quarter before the Buckeyes scored 21 straight.

4: vs. Ohio State, a 20-17 loss in 2008. The Badgers took a 17-13 lead with 6:31 left but Terrelle Pryor scored on an option keeper in the closing seconds.

3: at Ohio State, a 31-13 loss in 2009. The Badgers led 10-7 in the second quarter, but the Buckeyes grabbed the lead before halftime on a Pryor touchdown pass.

3: vs. TCU, a 21-19 loss in the 2011 Rose Bowl. The Badgers led 3-0 after scoring on their first drive.

3: at Ohio State, a 33-29 loss in 2011. The Badgers claimed a 29-26 lead with 1:18 left but Braxton Miller's 40-yard scoring pass to Devin Smith in the final minute won it for the Buckeyes.

3: vs. Oregon, a 45-38 loss in the 2012 Rose Bowl. The Badgers claimed a 38-35 lead late in the third quarter, but the Ducks reclaimed the lead early in the fourth.

By the numbers

32: Carries by Montee Ball, seven days after he left the UTEP game with what was deemed a slight concussion. There were only four called runs to other players.

56: Net yards rushing for the Badgers including lost yardage from sacks, an average of 1.4 per carry.

10:11: Nebraska's time of possession in the fourth quarter, as it wore down the Badgers' defense.

Survey says ...

The more than 81 percent of the fans who picked Nebraska to win in our poll that received more than 2,300 votes were correct, but the 19 percent of you who had the Badgers had to feel good until the middle of the third quarter there.

That's all folks

Due to the prime-time kickoff, there won't be a "How Foes Fared" section this week, other than to note that Illinois got waxed at Penn State, 35-7. The Badgers host the Illini on Oct. 6 at Camp Randall.

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