StuffedSomehow Wisconsin put up 17 points on the best team in the land despite Donovan getting sacked a mind-boggling nine times.“They bring a lot of different looks — three down, four down, five down and they bring from the boundary, they bring it from the field, they bring it with man pressure,” Bielema said.Defensive end Vernon Gholston finished with a school record-tying four sacks alone, helping to limit Donovan from finding open receivers, especially in the fourth quarter.“There’s a reason why they’re the No. 1 team in the country right now. They’re just very fundamentally sound in all categories,” Donovan said. “Their D-line gets a lot of push up front. They’re really athletic and know how to play their coverages to their advantage.” COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Wisconsin kept its first series alive with a fake punt turned into a 31 yard pass-play from punter Ken DeBauche to backup punter Paul Standring, it seemed that the Wisconsin coaching staff was trying to pull out all the stops to keep the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on their heels.“I wanted to do anything to get some energy, some momentum going,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said.Between offense and special teams the Badgers tried a handful of trick plays. The problem was because Ohio State didn’t blink, most of them backfired.“We thought we could get on them, and they weren’t falling for it,” UW quarterback Tyler Donovan said.Tight end Travis Beckum’s receiver option in the second quarter went nowhere. He got stuffed for a 9-yard loss. Daven Jones’ good return on a reverse on a kickoff was called back due to one of four block-in-the-back penalties.The most costly of them all, however, came when Wisconsin wasn’t trying to be cute, but DeBauche thought it was. DeBauche was supposed to kick it away, but due to a mix-up in the playcall signals, he faked and tried unsuccessfully to run for the first down deep in UW territory.“Blake (Sorenson) made the call, and I’m 14 yards away from the snapper, so whatever he said, I don’t hear,” DeBauche said. “The way we had practiced was if it was on, he would signal back to me, and he didn’t signal it on, and I didn’t get the signal off, so I assumed it was on. Me being unsure, I could have called a timeout.“It was bad timing for that play.”The play led to an Ohio State touchdown and put a damper on Wisconsin’s chances.Essentially, none of the trick plays reaped any rewards as the Badgers gained 28 yards on the four plays, indirectly leading to 3 points, and more importantly, 10 points allowed. Hill doesn’t playContrary to prior belief, starting tailback P.J. Hill was not going to play, period, Saturday due to a lower leg injury.“Basically from Wednesday on, we had a feeling that P.J. wasn’t going to be able to go good enough to go on Saturday,” Bielema said following Saturday’s game.Initial reports were that the sophomore would be a game-time decision.Freshman Zach Brown started at running back in Hill’s place. He wasn’t fazed running against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, accruing 63 yards on 20 carries.“He’s not afraid of anything,” Bielema said. “He came in, he didn’t have big eyes. He mishandled a snap there at the end, but he did a pretty good job protecting the football, which was a concern for us.” Three more downAlready without three starters entering Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes, the Badgers lost three more during the course of the game.Cornerback Allen Langford left the game midway through the first half with a knee injury. Soon to follow, right tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel was knocked out of the game with an injury to his right leg.The final blow came on Wells’ second touchdown run of the game at the start of the fourth quarter. Defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who found himself sprawled out on the field on a few occasions accompanied by the UW training staff, was helped off the field for the final time. He did not return.From the sound of it, both Langford and Chapman could quite possibly be out an extended period of time. Bielema didn’t mention the gravity of his tackles’ injury.“I don’t know how significant it is, but I do know that Allen’s was pretty significant, [the trainers] feel, and they feel the same thing with Chappy,” Bielema said.Return man David Gilreath also didn’t play much of the second half with what Bielema described as a tight hamstring.
VAL D’ISERE, France — Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history.After clinching a second straight win — and third consecutive podium — with a victory in the Dec. 20 Downhill, the 30-year-old American now has the chance to secure a 62nd career win in Sunday’s super-G and move level with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins.“I have to get there first. If it happens tomorrow, great,” said Vonn, a four-time World Cup champion. “I feel like I have been talking about (the record) for a long time now and, if I keep talking about it, I feel like it’s never going to happen.”It would have been a distant dream one year ago, however, when she re-injured her troublesome right knee on the same Oreiller-Killy course in Val d’Isere and required surgery for the second time. The first knee operation came after she tore two ligaments following a spectacular fall at the world championships 10 months earlier.Aside from one small wobble in the middle of the course, Vonn’s run on Dec. 20 was clean and she finished .19 seconds clear of early pace-setter Elisabeth Goergl of Austria and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who tied for second.“I trusted my body and my knee held up great,” Vonn said. “No problem, no pain, so all is good.”Swiss skier Lara Gut placed 0.39 behind in fourth place, while overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished half a second adrift in seventh.After nearly two years without a victory, Vonn won a downhill at Lake Louise, Canada, two weeks ago and finished second in super-G the next day.“It feels amazing. I was a bit nervous today as I made some mistakes in training. It’s tough when you only have one training run,” Vonn said. “I skied aggressively today. It was definitely tough as we had a lot more speed.”Vonn was 0.11 seconds ahead of Goergl on the first time split, up to 0.36 on the second, lost a little time and then sped up again at the bottom.As she crossed the line, Vonn leaned her head back, swung her right pole up in the air and then shook her head in relief, as if scarcely believing she’d won again. She then blew a kiss to the camera.“In Lake Louise, I won so many times that some people automatically assume that I should win there,” Vonn said. “I already knew I could win here today. It was for other people to understand that I’m back to where I used to be.”Prior to her success at Lake Louise, Vonn’s previous World Cup win was a giant slalom in January 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia, — and this was only her eighth race since then.After her injury at the worlds, Vonn then tried to get back in time for the Sochi Olympics — only to tear one of the reconstructed ligaments in a training crash.Then, four days before Christmas, she sprained her MCL in Val d’Isere and needed surgery again.Meanwhile, it was the first podium of the season for both Goergl and Rebensburg — who also secured her first career podium in downhill. “I think I’m going to keep smiling until I go to bed,” the 25-year-old Rebensburg said.The 33-year-old Goergl had not been on the podium since finishing second in downhill at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in March.Overall, Maze leads with 596 points; Austria’s Anna Fenninger is second with 327, while Vonn moves up to third with 312.(JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares