UW football: Tom Oates grades the Badgers vs. Ohio State

2011-10-30T00:00:00Z 2012-05-23T17:57:41Z UW football: Tom Oates grades the Badgers vs. Ohio StateTOM OATES | toates@madison.com | 608-252-6172 madison.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columnist Tom Oates evaluates the University of Wisconsin football team's performance in a 33-29 loss at Ohio State on Saturday.

Offense: C-

The Badgers tried to run inside in the first half and outside in the second but had little success anywhere. UW's receivers had a tough time getting open. Once again, Russell Wilson led a late comeback.

Defense: C-

Except for a 57‑yard burst by Dan Herron, UW stopped Ohio State's running backs. However, it had trouble containing the scrambles and draws of quarterback Braxton Miller. The late coverage breakdown was inexcusable.

Special teams: D-

Ohio State's premier special teams won this one. The Buckeyes blocked a Brad Nortman punt and recovered at the 1. A bigger sin was allowing Jordan Hall to return the kickoff to the 48 inside the final 2 minutes.

Overall: D+

That's twice in two weeks the Badgers lost on the road to an inferior opponent on a late desperation heave into the end zone. However, in both cases, they did themselves in with mistakes long before the final throw.

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