(MADISON, Wis.) — Wisconsin’s streak of 14 consecutive season opening victories almost came to an end Saturday. The 12th ranked Badgers needed a defensive stop on the Northern Iowa’s last offensive play of the game, to preserve a 26-21 victory.
Wisconsin actually led 26-7 with less than 12 minutes to go in the game, but Northern Iowa proceeded to score 14 points in a span of 3:47. Then with less than three minutes to play, fourth-and-1 on the Badgers 41, Wisconsin defensive tackle Ethan Hemer tipped quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen’s pass into the ground, sealing the win.
“You’ve got to touch a hot stove once,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “Once you get burned, you’re not going to do it again. And hopefully our guys learn, hey, you’ve got to put people away when we can.”
Bielema will get to see what effect this game had on his team next Saturday, when it travels to Corvallis, Oregon to take on Oregon State.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN