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WSU Football upsets No. 19 Wisconsin 17-14 in first road test of the season

Powered by a strong return to Madison from running back Nakia Watson and timely turnovers, Washington State upset No. 19 Wisconsin.
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Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward (1) passes against Wisconsin during the first half of an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

MADISON, Wis. — The Washington State Cougars upset No. 19 Wisconsin 17-14 at Camp Randall Stadium today. The game was decided on a Quinn Roff forced fumble, which was recovered by Gonzaga Prep alum Sam Lockett III with 5:14 left in the game.

It was a homecoming of sorts for running back Nakia Watson and head coach Jake Dickert. 

Watson, who spent the first three seasons of his college career at Wisconsin, scored two touchdowns including a 31-yard touchdown reception that wound up being the game winning score.

Dickert, who was born in Wisconsin and grew up a Badger fan was overcome with emotions following the win.

“I just can’t wait to find my wife and kids! It’s a big moment and I’m just really excited and proud of our football team, proud of Cougs everywhere, it means a lot,” said Dickert in a postgame interview with FOX. 

In the 3rd quarter WSU trailed 14-10. On a third and 10, quarterback Cam Ward was intercepted by Wisconsin's Jay Shaw. Washington State receiver Lincoln Victor would punch the ball loose and center Konner Gomness recovered the fumble. After the forced fumble, WSU had a fresh set of downs and would capitalize with Watson's touchdown reception to take a 17-14 lead.

With 6:50 to go in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin received a huge break when Christian Mejia fumbled the ball after intercepting Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz. The fumble was recovered by Wisconsin, giving the Badgers new life.

A few plays later, Mertz hit tight end Clay Cundiff, who had two touchdowns in this game, wide open in the middle of the field. WSU edge Quinn Roff chased him down and punched the ball free leading to Lockett's recovery which sealed the game.

This was WSU's first win over a ranked nonconference opponent since the Cougs defeated no. 17 Colorado in 2003.

With the win, Washington State improves to 2-0 on the season. Up next will be a home game as the Cougars welcome Colorado State to Martin Stadium on Saturday, September 17th. Kickoff for WSU vs. CSU is set for 2 p.m. PT. 

This is a developing story and we will provide more information soon.

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