Charlotte, NC – The Wisconsin Badgers captured Duke’s Mayo Bowl and the accompanying trophy.
And then they broke it.
While dancing to celebrate his team’s 42-28 victory at Wake Forest on Wednesday, quarterback Graham Mertz dropped a football-sized piece to Lenox Crystal, shattering on the locker room floor after his base collapsed .
“We just wanted everyone to have a piece of that trophy,” Wisconsin coach Paul Kristen joked.
Mertz accounted for three touchdowns and Wisconsin converted four different interceptions, all in 21 points by different players in a close game pass to the Demon Deacons. Five players scored touchdowns for the Badgers.
Mertz, a redshirt freshman, threw for 130 yards and ran for two short TDs as Wisconsin (4-3) ended the rocky 2020 season on a high note.
“Yes, I dropped it,” ‘Mertz said sheepishly.’ ‘It’s up to me. It happened.”
The Badgers may be ready to forgive him.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.