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Chase Wolf wasn’t perfect in his first college start.
New UW head coach Luke Fickell (left) looks on as linebacker Jordan Turner hoists the Guaranteed Rate Bowl trophy after the Badgers' 24-17 victory over Oklahoma State on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen carries the ball in the first half. Allen finished with 116 yards and a touchdown and was named offensive MVP.
Chase Wolf throws a pass in the first half. He completed 16 of 26 attempts for 116 yards with one touchdown.
Wisconsin wide receiver Chimere Dike is tripped up by Oklahoma State safety Ty Williams during the first half.
Oklahoma State quarterback Garret Rangel throws a pass during the first half. He completed 14 of 31 for 229 yards.
Wisconsin quarterback Chase Wolf throws a pass from between Oklahoma State linebackers Xavier Benson (1) and Lamont Bishop.
Wisconsin wide receiver Chimere Dike dives into the end zone.
Wisconsin punter Andy Vujnovich is tackled by Oklahoma State defensive end Ryan Baker after picking up a first down on a fake punt in the first half.
New Badgers head coach Luke Fickell (right) and defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, who was in his last game on UW's staff, talk with defensive players.
Badgers wide receiver Chimere Dike is unable to elude the diving shoe-string tackle of Oklahoma State's Ty Williams on a 53-yard kickoff return.
Badgers running back Braelon Allen tries to break free from Oklahoma State defensive players.
UW tight end Hayden Rucci celebrates his touchdown reception against the Oklahoma State with wide receiver Skyler Bell.
Wisconsin cornerback Cedrick Dort Jr. interepts a pass in the second half.
Wisconsin running back Chez Mellusi scores a touchdown in the first half.
Yet the fifth-year senior overcame a costly interception on is fifth throw of the game and directed two critical touchdown drives in the second quarter to help Wisconsin end its season with a 24-17 victory over Oklahoma State in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night in Phoenix.
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© Associated Press Wisconsin quarterback Chase Wolf throws a pass from between Oklahoma State linebackers Xavier Benson (1) and Lamont Bishop on Tuesday night.
“I thought Chase did a phenomenal job tonight,” UW coach Luke Fickell said. “He controlled what he could control. He took shots when he took shots.
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“I don't think I ever saw him bat an eye. Even after the interception, his ability to come back. That's a credit to him.”
Wolf hit 2 of 3 passes for 17 yards on UW’s first series, which ended with Nate Van Zelst’s 47-yard field goal.
The Badgers faced second and 11 from the Oklahoma State 15 on their second possession when Wolf forced a ball to Chimere Dike, who was covered in the end zone. Safety Trey Rucker drifted over to make an easy interception. His 16-yard return put the ball at the 16 and the Cowboys stunned UW on the next play with an 84-yard touchdown pass for an early 7-3 lead.
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Box score: Wisconsin 24, Oklahoma State 17
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Wolf was 3 of 5 for 11 yards at that point.
He completed 3 of 3 passes for 37 yards on a 68-yard touchdown drive to help UW take the lead for good and followed that by completing 3 of 3 passes for 40 yards on a 65-yard touchdown drive.
Chez Mellusi capped the first drive with a 1-yard run and Wolf hit tight end Hayden Rucci for a 15-yard score on the second drive.
Wolf saw two potential big gains nullified by drops.
Dean Engram failed to haul in a pass inside the Oklahoma State 5 on UW’s first possession. Had he made the catch, the gain would have been about 25 yards and given UW first and goal.
Keontez Lewis dropped a deep pass in the end zone on a play that should have been a 49-yard completion.
Wolf’s best completion came on UW’s second touchdown drive.
UW faced third and 7 from its 39 when Wolf deftly side-stepped a blitzing linebacker Lamont Bishop and then fired a sidearm throw to Dike for 20 yards to the Oklahoma State 41.
From Culver City, California, to Wisconsin, Alexander Smith found a second home in Madison when he committed to UW. He developed into a solid cornerback too.
Fifth-year senior Alexander Smith is set to return to UW in 2023. He likely will be the unit's most experienced cornerback. More:Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh discusses his thought process in hiring a football coach “The No. 1 thing I saw on his tape was his versatility,” Leonhard said. “He had the length. He had the twitch, the speed. You saw him on offense. You saw him on defense. You saw him returning kicks. He played physical. It was just a little bit of everything. “And when you (combine) the skill set you saw on tape with who he is from a character standpoint, it was just a perfect fit.
Five plays later Wolf, hit Rucci for the 15-yard touchdown to help UW take a 17-7 halftime lead.
Wolf later lost a fumble on a sack and finished 16 of 26 for 116 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Tuesday was his 13th game at UW. Fickell suggested afterward Wolf is leaning toward taking advantage of the COVID season of 2020 and returning to UW for a sixth season. Wolf told reporters he would be back.
“We've talked about that,” Fickell said. “He's got himself into graduate school, and I think he feels like he's got some unfinished business.
“And it's hard to walk away from a place like this.”
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Chase Wolf makes the most of his first start for Wisconsin and plans to return to next season
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost quarterback Drew Pyne to the transfer portal, but they seem to have found a replacement for him. © Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Sam Hartman is expected to transfer to Notre Dame. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported on Tuesday that Sam Hartman is expected to enter the transfer portal and go to Notre Dame. Hartman has played quarterback at Wake Forest the last five seasons. He only appeared in four games in 2019 and took a redshirt year. He also received an extra year of eligibility for 2020 and is taking advantage of it.