It may not have always looked like it on the scoreboard, but the unranked, Wisconsin Badgers, manhandled #5 LSU, in their season debut which was hosted at Lambeau Field.
Coming into the contest, the Badgers knew that they were in for a big challenge against Tigers running back, Leonard Fournette, who is considered one of the top players in college football.
They also knew that they were going to face off against a Tigers defense led by Dave Aranda, who left his post as the Badgers defensive coordinator this offseason, to assume the same position for LSU.
Wisconsin did not show any signs of backing down as they bullied the Tigers in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and held LSU’s high powered offense scoreless until late in the 3rd quarter.
During the same time period, Badgers quarterback Bart Houston, who was making his debut at Lambeau Field, consistently led his team into Tigers territory, on the way to building a 13-0 Badger lead.
Over the course of the game, Houston made a few ill-advised throws that cost the Badgers points and eventually appeared to swing the momentum in LSU’s favor. Then he led the offense down for what would prove to be a game deciding 47 yard field goal.
The victory was solidified when Wisconsin defensive back, D’Cota Dixon picked off a pass by LSU quarterback, Brandon Harris, with 57 seconds left in the game.
Next week the (1-0) Badgers will be back home at Camp Randall Stadium to take on the Akron Zips.