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GAME NOTES: No. 12 Indiana 14, No. 16 Wisconsin 6

Here are some “fun” facts and highlights from the Badgers loss to the Hoosiers on Saturday.

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Games notes courtesy of the Wisconsin Athletics Department.

  • Saturday’s game marked the first ever played at Camp Randall Stadium in the month of December (the stadium opened in 1917).
  • The only other December home game for Wisconsin came on Dec. 9, 1899, when coach Amos Alonzo Stagg’s Chicago Maroons scored a 17-0 win over the Badgers at Randall Field, the predecessor to the current stadium.
  • Defensively, Wisconsin held Indiana to just 87 yards rushing, marking the third-consecutive game UW has held its opponent below 100 yards.
  • The Hoosiers were also held to 130 passing yards and 217 total yards, both registered as their second-lowest marks of the season.
  • UW held an advantage in time possession for the fourth time in four games this season, holding the ball for 35:08 to IU’s 24:52.
  • Redshirt freshman QB Graham Mertz threw for 202 yards, going 20-for-34. He also set career highs in rushes (eight) and rushing yards (15).
  • Freshman RB Jalen Berger made the first start of his career and totaled 87 rushing yards on 15 carries. He has rushed exactly 15 times in each of his three appearances this season.
  • Junior TE Jake Ferguson hauled in five passes for 54 yards on the afternoon. He has had at least four receptions and 50 yards receiving in all four games this season.
  • Ferguson has caught at least one pass in each of his 31 career games, matching the nation’s 4th longest active streak.
  • Freshman WR Chimere Dike recorded a career-high three receptions for 40 yards.
  • Senior WR Kendric Pryor tallied a season-high 48 yards receiving on three catches.
  • Sophomore WR A.J. Abbott logged his first-career catch, a nine-yard reception from Mertz in the fourth quarter.
  • Sophomore TE Jack Eschenbach caught a career-long 22-yard pass from Mertz in the fourth quarter.
  • Freshman OL Tanor Bortolini made his Badgers debut, taking over at center for injured starter Kayden Lyles in the first quarter.
  • Junior ILB Jack Sanborn racked up nine tackles, including 1.0 TFL, his second of the season. Sanborn also recorded his 1st forced fumble of the season, and third of his career, in the third quarter.
  • Sophomore ILB Leo Chenal led the Badgers with a career-high nine tackles, all solo.
  • Senior S Collin Wilder notched a career-high six tackles.
  • Freshman OLB Nick Herbig had two tackles and recovered a third-quarter fumble forced by Sanborn, the first recovery of his career.
  • Junior S Scott Nelson tallied the first sack of his career, bringing down IU QB Jack Tuttle for a 1-yard loss.
  • Junior P Andy Vujnovich punted twice for 79 yards (39.5 avg.) with both landing inside the 20.
  • Junior P Connor Schlichting recorded the first punt of his career in the first quarter, dropping a 34-yard kick at the Indiana 10-yard line.
  • Junior K Collin Larsh hit a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter and added a 28-yarder in the third, improving to 3-for-3 on the season.
  • Freshman WR Devin Chandler made his Badgers debut, returning a pair of kickoffs for 37 yards (19.0 avg.).