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Late field goal helps Wisconsin upset No. 5 LSU

Wisconsin Badgers players holds up the Lambeau Field College Classic trophy following Saturday's game against the LSU Tigers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Sports Xchange

GREEN BAY — The first act of Leonard Fournette’s Heisman Trophy campaign was upstaged by a place-kicker.

Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone made three field goals, including a game-winning 47-yarder with less than four minutes to play, as unranked Wisconsin upset Fournette and No. 5 LSU 16-14 on Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

Gaglianone’s last kick was the difference after the Tigers’ defense quickly turned a 13-0 deficit into a 14-13 LSU lead in the third quarter.

LSU moved into field-goal range after the last field goal, but D’Cota Dixon intercepted Brandon Harris’ pass at the Badgers 25 with 35 seconds left.

Fournette overcame a slow start to finish with 138 yards on 23 carries. But he never reached the end zone as the LSU offense scored just seven points.

Wisconsin had a 13-0 lead and a firm grip on the game before things changed midway through the third quarter.

LSU’s Tre’Davious White intercepted a Bart Houston pass and returned the ball 21 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7.

Moments later White picked up a Badgers fumble at the Wisconsin 41. Two plays later Harris threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural and the Tigers had a 14-13 lead with 4:21 left in the third quarter.

On its first possession of the third quarter, Wisconsin rolled right down the field and Corey Clement ran 5 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

Wisconsin had taken a 3-0 lead on a 30-yard field goal by Gaglianone with 4:13 left in the second quarter.

After Fournette was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 from near midfield just before halftime, the Badgers doubled their lead as Gaglianone kicked a 48-yarder with 54 seconds left.

Wisconsin dominated the first-half statistics. The Badgers ran 42 plays and the Tigers ran 21. The Badgers gained 180 yards and the Tigers 64. The Badgers possesses the ball for 21 minutes 52 seconds and the Tigers had it for 8:08.

BADGER BITS: This was the first major college football game to be played at Lambeau Field, the storied home of the NFL Green Bay Packers. ... Wisconsin beat LSU for the first time in five meetings. ... Early in the second quarter, Fournette became the fourth player in LSU history to accumulate 3,000 rushing yards and he became the fastest to reach that milestone. ... After a slow start, Fournette had the 16th 100-yard rushing game of his three-year career. ... Tigers junior S Rickey Jefferson made his fourth career interception when he grabbed a pass in the end zone to thwart a Badgers scoring threat at the outset of the second quarter.

Louisiana State................ 0       0      14     0    —  14

Wisconsin...................... 0       6      7       3    —  16

Second Quarter

WIS—Gaglianone 30 yard field goal, 4:13.

WIS—Gaglianone 48 yard field goal, 0:54.

Third Quarter

WIS—C.Clement 5 yard rush (Gaglianone kick), 10:47.

LSU—Td.White 21 yard interception return (Delahoussaye kick), 5:28.

LSU—Dural 10 yard pass from Bn.Harris (Delahoussaye kick), 4:21.

Fourth Quarter

WIS—Gaglianone 47 yard field goal, 3:47.

TEAM STATISTICS

                                          LSU               WIS

First Downs........................... 14                21

Rushes-Yards..................... 29-126           42-134

Passing................................ 131               205

Sacked-Yds Lost.................. 2-10              2-8

Comp-Att-Int...................... 12-21-2          19-31-2

Return Yards......................... 46                77

Punts................................ 7-32.4           4-40.8

Fumbles-Lost........................ 2-1               1-1

Penalties-Yards..................... 5-52              5-55

Time of Possession............... 22:55            37:05

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-LSU, Le.Fournette 23-138, Guice 2-3, Bn.Harris 4-(minus 15). WIS, C.Clement 21-86, Ogunbowale 9-44, Ramesh 2-10, Deal 1-2, Ba.Houston 5-(minus 1), AJ.Taylor 1-(minus 1).

PASSING-LSU, Bn.Harris 12-21-2-131. WIS, Ba.Houston 19-31-2-205.

RECEIVING-LSU, Dural 5-50, Le.Fournette 3-38, Dupre 3-24, Ds.Smith 1-19. WIS, Fumagalli 7-100, Wheelwright 4-60, G.Rushing 2-18, J.Peavy 2-11, Ramesh 1-11, Ingold 1-2, Steffes 1-2, Ogunbowale 1-1.

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