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  Wisconsin is bringing Cincinnati's Luke Fickell back to the Big Ten. Athletic director Chris McIntosh announced Sunday that the Badgers had hired Fickell to take over their football program after a successful run with the Bearcats. Fickell posted a 57-18 record in six seasons at Cincy and helped the Bearcats earn a College Football Playoff berth last year. The former Ohio State defensive lineman went 6-7 as the Buckeyes' interim coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel's resignation. "This is a destination job at a program that I have admired from afar for years," Fickell said in a statement released by the university. "I am in total alignment with Chris McIntosh's vision for this program. There is a tremendous foundation here that I can't wait to build upon." Fickell informed the Bearcats players earlier Sunday that he was leaving the school. A person with knowledge of Fickell's decision told The Associated Press that veteran assistant coach Kerry Coombs was being named interim coach of the Bearcats.

Fickell, 49, takes over for interim coach and former Badgers star player Jim Leonhard, who replaced Paul Chryst on Oct. 2. Chryst went 67-26 in 7 1/2 seasons. He was fired one day after the Badgers lost 34-10 at home to an Illinois team led by former Badgers coach Bret Bielema. "Luke is one of the top football coaches in the country. He is a proven winner, recruiter and developer of players," McIntosh said in a statement. "Equally as important, he shares our values. Coach Fickell is focused on giving our student-athletes the best opportunities possible and is attuned to the changing landscape of college athletics. "I have every confidence that he will respect and honor the foundation that has been set for our football program over the years while embracing the exciting opportunities ahead." Wisconsin (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten) is awaiting its bowl assignment. A loss in the bowl game would cause the Badgers to finish below .500 for the first time since 2001. - AP College Football


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  Graham Mertz scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak with 35 seconds left to complete Wisconsin's comeback from an 11-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, and the Badgers beat Nebraska 15-14 Saturday for their ninth straight win in the series. The Badgers earned their grinding victory on a raw afternoon at Memorial Stadium after losing their top defensive player, Nick Herbig, to a targeting penalty in the third quarter and its top offensive player, Braelon Allen, to a leg injury on their second-to-last possession. Wisconsin (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) became bowl-eligible for a 21st straight year and kept the Freedom Trophy, which has been awarded to the winner since 2014. Nebraska (3-8, 2-6) lost its fifth straight.

Mertz's 10-yard TD pass to Skyler Bell cut Nebraska's lead to 14-9 early in the fourth quarter. Mertz was off target with his 2-point pass, leaving the Badgers down five with 10 minutes left. Wisconsin started its final drive from midfield with 3:11 left. Mertz passed to Isaac Guerendo for 27 yards to set up a first-and-goal at the 7, and three plays later Mertz crashed over the goal line for the Badgers' first lead. Nebraska's Casey Thompson, who missed the previous two games with an elbow nerve injury, threw two touchdown passes to Trey Palmer and finished 12 of 20 for 106 yards. Thompson was the Huskers' leading rusher, picking up 33 yards on 11 carries. Chez Mellusi led the Badgers with 98 yards on 21 carries. Mertz was 8 of 18 for 83 yards on a day when the feels-like temperature was 16 degrees with a gusty north wind. Herbig, the Big Ten sacks leader, was ejected for targeting when he hit a sliding Thompson in the head. By rule, Herbig must miss the first half of next week's rivalry game against Minnesota. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Graham MertzWisconsin
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  Isaac Guerendo ran for an 89-yard touchdown and combined with Braelon Allen for 233 yards rushing as Wisconsin defeated Maryland 23-10 on Saturday. Wisconsin (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) improved to 3-1 under interim head coach Jim Leonhard, who was promoted from defensive coordinator after the firing of Paul Chryst last month. With rainy and windy conditions severely hindering each team's ability to throw the ball, Wisconsin's superior ground attack made the difference. Allen rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries and gave the Badgers the lead for good with a 9-yard touchdown that opened the scoring late in the first period. Guerendo ran 12 times for a career-high 114 yards, including the 89-yard score that made it 14-0 in the second quarter.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa entered the day having completed 72.5% of his passes to rank fourth among all Football Bowl Subdivision players, but he went 10 of 23 for just 77 yards and was sacked five times. The lone touchdown for Maryland (6-3, 3-3) came on a 5-yard completion from Tagovailoa to Tai Felton with 57 seconds left in the game. Wisconsin's Graham Mertz was 5 of 18 for 77 yards. The Badgers' defense benefited from the return of Big Ten sacks leader Nick Herbig and safety Hunter Wohler to end Maryland's string of 10 straight games in which it had scored at least 27 points. Herbig had missed Wisconsin's 35-24 victory over Purdue two weeks ago with a knee issue, while Wohler hadn't played since suffering a leg injury in the season opener. Herbig had two of Wisconsin's five sacks to increase his season total to eight. Wohler recorded Wisconsin's 15th interception of the season in the fourth quarter. Neither team got a single first down through the first five possessions of the game while dealing with the poor weather before Wisconsin broke through late in the first quarter. The rain was intermittent after the first quarter, but the wind swirled all day. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  OCT 24 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: John Torchio, Wisconsin, S - Sr. - Lafayette, Calif. - Campolindo,...Picked off a pair of passes in Wisconsin's win over Purdue, including a first-quarter interception that he returned for a touchdown...The first Badger to record two interceptions and return one for a score in the same game since Natrell Jamerson did so against Northwestern in 2016...Totaled a career-high 10 tackles, a team high in the win...The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Kamo'I Latu (Oct. 10, 2022). - Big Ten Football

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  Graham Mertz threw for two touchdowns, Braelon Allen rushed for 113 yards and a score and Wisconsin defeated Purdue 35-24 on Saturday. John Torchio had two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown for the Badgers (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten Conference), who rebounded from a 34-28 double overtime loss at Michigan State. The game marked the first home win for Wisconsin interim coach Jim Leonhard, who took over for Paul Chryst on Oct. 2. Allen, who surpassed 100 yards for the fifth time this season, went to the injury tent late in the third quarter with a left arm injury but returned in the fourth. Mertz went 13 of 21 for 203 yards with two touchdowns for the Badgers, who have won 16 straight games against Purdue.

Purdue's four-game winning streak was snapped and the Boilermakers (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) fell one game behind Illinois for the lead in the Big Ten West standings. The Badgers scored on their opening drive as Mertz threw a 29-yard touchdown strike to Skyler Bell. Less than one minute later, Torchio picked off Aidan O'Connell and dashed 31 yards for a touchdown. for the score that increased Wisconsin's lead to 14-0. Mertz capped an 80-yard drive with a three-yard pass to Chimere Dike and it was 21-0 after one quarter. Allen's 14-yard touchdown made it 28-3 in the first minute of the second half. The Boilermakers capitalized on an fumble get a short field, scoring an an eight-yard pass from from O'Connell to Payne Durham. But that was quickly negated with a 54-yard burst by Isaac Guerendo 90 seconds later. Devin Mockobee ran for 108 yards and a touchdown for Purdue with O'Connella going 31 of 46 for 320 yards. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  Wisconsin is losing another young player. Wide receiver Markus Allen, a redshirt freshman whose playing time has diminished recently, announced Sunday on Twitter he plans to transfer. Allen had a combined seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in UW's first six games this season. However, he did not play Saturday in the 34-28 loss to the Spartans. UW used five wide receivers against the Spartans: Chimere Dike, Skyler Bell, Keontez Lewis, Dean Engram and freshman Vinny Anthony. Allen played in three games last season and finished with three catches for 65 yards. He had one catch for 31 yards in the Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State to set up UW's first touchdown and said before the season he was ready to contribute consistently in 2022. - Journal Sentinel

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  Wisconsin offensive tackle Logan Brown has been dismissed from the team because of an "internal incident," interim coach Jim Leonhard said Thursday. Brown, a former five-star recruit, had tweeted late Wednesday night that he was entering the transfer portal. "The reality of what happened is there was an internal incident here within the program and Logan Brown was dismissed from the program," Leonhard said. "It was not a choice. He was dismissed from our program." Leonhard, who took over for the fired Paul Chryst on Oct. 2, didn’t detail the incident that led to Brown's exit. Brown was rated as the nation's No. 17 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.

He started two games at right tackle and one at left tackle this season as injuries have caused the Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) to use five different offensive line combinations in their first six games. Brown did not start either of Wisconsin's last two games. Chryst was fired a day after Wisconsin lost at home to Illinois and former coach Bret Bielema to fall to 2-3. Leonhard won his debut against Northwestern. Wisconsin plays at Michigan State (2-4, 0-3) on Saturday. - AP College Football


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  Offensive tackle and former five-star recruit Logan Brown said via Twitter on Wednesday that he's entering the transfer portal and leaving Wisconsin. Brown issued a tweet thanking Wisconsin for the opportunity and saying, "I will be entering the transfer portal and will be continuing my academic and football career elsewhere." Brown was rated as the nation's No. 17 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. He started two games at right tackle and one at left tackle this season as injuries have caused the Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) to use five different offensive line combinations in their first six games. Brown hasn't been a starter in either of Wisconsin's last two games. After redshirting in 2019, Brown played all seven games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and all 13 games last season. But, he didn't make his first career start until this year. - AP College Football

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  Wisconsin running back Chez Mellusi will miss an unspecified length of time after injuring his right wrist in the Badgers’ 42-7 victory over Northwestern. Mellusi has rushed for 223 yards and one touchdown on 56 carries this season, He also has two catches for 25 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown in the Northwestern game. Wisconsin announced Monday that Mellusi wouldn’t be available Saturday when the Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) visit Michigan State (2-4, 0-3). Badgers interim head coach Jim Leonhard said it was uncertain just how much time Mellusi would miss. This marks the second straight year that Mellusi has missed time with an injury. Mellusi, a Clemson transfer, rushed for 815 yards and five touchdowns on 173 carries in nine games with Wisconsin last year before a torn left anterior cruciate ligament knocked him out for the remainder of the season. - AP College Football

Sr/2023 RB Chez MellusiWisconsin
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  OCT 10 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Kamo'I Latu, Wisconsin, S - Jr. - Honolulu, Hawaii - Saint Louis School,...Grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter and picked off another in the third quarter in the Badgers' 42-7 victory against Northwestern...Became the first Badger to record a pair of interceptions in the same game since Colin Wilder picked off two passes vs. Nebraska on Nov. 11, 2021...Added three solo tackles in the dominant Wisconsin win and is only the second Big Ten defender to pick off multiple passes in a game during conference play this season...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Leo Chenal (Oct. 25, 2021). - Big Ten Football

Jr/2024 FS Kamoi LatuWisconsin
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  Graham Mertz threw for a career-high 299 yards and matched one with five touchdowns, Chimere Dike set personal bests with 185 yards receiving and three TD catches, and Wisconsin dominated in interim coach Jim Leonhard’s first game, pounding struggling Northwestern 42-7 on Saturday. Braelon Allen added 135 yards rushing. He also threw a 23-yard touchdown late in the second quarter, and the Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead on the way to an easy win in their first game since coach Paul Chryst was fired. Wisconsin decided to make a leadership change following losses to Ohio State and Illinois, led by former coach Bret Bielema, by a combined 55 points. Chryst was let go in his eighth season and replaced by Leonhard, a former All-America safety in his sixth year as defensive coordinator and seventh on staff at his alma mater. Mertz completed 20 of 29 passes.

Dike had touchdown catches of 52 and 21 yards in the first half as well as a 6-yarder in the fourth quarter. He caught 10 passes and easily surpassed his previous high of 106 yards. Wisconsin racked up 515 yards in all and finished with 193 on the ground after being held to 2 yards rushing on 24 carries for its lowest total since 2015. Northwestern (1-5, 1-2) lost its fifth straight since opening with a win over Nebraska in Ireland. The Wildcats are 6-16 since beating Wisconsin at home in 2020 on the way to winning the Big Ten West. Ryan Hilinski threw for 147 yards and was intercepted twice. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Graham MertzWisconsin
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  Wisconsin fired head coach Paul Chryst on Sunday after a 2-3 start to his eighth season leading the school where he played, in the city where he grew up. The surprising move comes a day after Wisconsin lost at home 34-10 to Illinois and former Badgers coach Bret Bielema. "This is certainly not a decision that's taken lightly," athletic director Chris McIntosh said at a news conference. "It's not a game-by-game decision. This is a decision that's based on where we're at as a program." Chryst was 67-26 as coach of the Badgers after being hired away from Pittsburgh. But the program has been backsliding. Chryst had double-digit victory seasons in four of his first five years at Wisconsin while winning three Big Ten West titles. The Badgers have gone 15-10 since. "It's a tough time to make a transition, but I felt it was the right time and that's what led me to it," McIntosh said. Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, who was an All-American at Wisconsin, was named interim coach. The 39-year-old former NFL defensive back has been part of Chryst's staff for seven seasons and is considered one of the top assistant coaches in the country. - AP College Football

Sr/2023 DT Keeanu BentonWisconsin
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  Wisconsin tight end Clay Cundiff is unavailable indefinitely but hasn't been ruled out for the season. Cundiff was carted off the field Saturday in the Badgers' 52-21 loss to No. 3 Ohio State. In the injury report released Monday, Cundiff is listed as unavailable for the Badgers' upcoming game with Illinois due to an injured left leg. But he's not among the players out for the season. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst declined to offer a timetable for when Cundiff possibly could return.

Cundiff injured his leg as he went down after making a catch in the final minute of the first half at Ohio State. As he was carted off the field, just about every Wisconsin player left the sideline to greet him and offer support. It's the second straight season in which Cundiff has been carted off the field with a major injury. He dislocated an ankle, broke his fibula and tore the deltoid ligament in his right leg last year in a 27-7 victory over Iowa, knocking him out for the rest of the season. Cundiff came back from that injury and caught two touchdown passes in a 17-14 loss to Washington State earlier this season. He has nine catches for 142 yards to go along with those two scores. - AP College Football


rJr/2024 TE Clay CundiffWisconsin
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  Braelon Allen rushed for three touchdowns to help lead Wisconsin to a 66-7 victory against New Mexico State Saturday. The three-TD performance for Allen matched a career high. The sophomore running back finished with 15 carries for 86 yards and three scores for the Badgers (2-1), who rebounded from a 17-14 loss last week to Washington State. Allen broke away for a 39-yard rush for a score to give Wisconsin a 7-0 lead just 90 seconds into the game. Allen's effort marked just the third time in his last 12 games that he's been held under 100 yards. Chez Mellusi had a 2-yard touchdown run to cap a seven-play, 63-yard yard drive that pushed Wisconsin's lead to 14-0 with 14:56 to go in the first half.

Keontez Lewis caught an 18-yard touchdown pass to increase the Badgers' lead to 21-0 with 12:22 left in the first half. Badgers linebacker Maema Njongmeta got a pick on an Aggies deflection at New Mexico State's 2-yard line that set up Allen's second TD two plays later, a 1-yard rush that pushed Wisconsin to 28-0. Quarterback Graham Mertz went 10 of 13 for 251 yards with three touchdowns and 1 interception in three-plus quarters. Mertz threw to six different receivers. Myles Burkett, a true freshman, replaced Mertz with 5:34 to go in the third quarter. Deacon Hill was inserted with less than 30 seconds remaining in the third. Badgers wide receiver Skyler Bell caught 3 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yard TD catch. The Aggies (0-4) just had 100 yards of offense in the first half. They collected 82 yards during a 13-play drive with less than 3 minutes remaining. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 40. Keeanu Benton, rJr, DT, Wisconsin, 6-3, 317, 1-2,..Looking pretty good again by holding up well against guard Christian Hilborn, among others, on the inside, Benton finished with one official tackle in a 17-14 loss to Washington State, which was held to only 200 yards passing and 53 rushing. Previous week, No. 40: Nose tackle Keeanu Benton was one of the Wisconsin team captains in the season-opening, 38-0, victory over Illinois State. The Badgers held the Redbirds to only 243 total yards, and a mere 57 on the ground. Benton was credited with only two assists but his presence ate up multiple blockers while inside linebacker Maema Njogmeta was free to lead the team with seven tackles, one assist. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

Sr/2023 DT Keeanu BentonWisconsin
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