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QUICK RECAP: Wisconsin can’t get out of own way, loses to Penn State in season opener

The Badgers lost 16-10 against the Nittany Lions in Madison on Saturday.

Penn State v Wisconsin Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

MADISON — Following a 651-day wait, the No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers welcomed fans and the No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions, to Camp Randall. However, the Nittany Lions were the only welcomed guests that went home happy, edging Wisconsin 16-10 on Saturday afternoon.

In a game that appeared to be anyones for the taking, Wisconsin had a prime chance to walk away with a victory lead over the Nittany Lions, following a missed point after attempt by Penn State kicker, Jordan Stout, leaving the Nittany Lions with only a six-point lead with about nine minutes remaining.

Wisconsin mounted a 17-play, 67-yard drive, that covered over seven minutes of game time, got the ball to the one-yard line and then Graham Mertz and Isaac Guerendo couldn’t figure out a handoff and UW lost seven yards. Mertz later threw an interception on fourth down to give the ball back to Penn State.

The UW defense stopped the Nittany Lions to give Wisconsin one more chance on offense. The Badgers started marching down the field with a couple of completions to Danny Davis and an illegal hands to the face penalty on Penn State. Wisconsin got the ball down to PSU’s 25-yard line, but an intentional grounding penalty (Mertz’s second of the game) followed by another pick sealed Wisconsin’s fate.

We’ll have more reactions from Camp Randall and a full recap of the game coming up for you later today.