Who can blame the Wisconsin ger quarterback Graham Mertz for feeling a little excited after his team beat Wake Forest in the Mayo Bowl Duke’s Cup on Wednesday?
Merz threw for 130 yards and did not intercept in a 42-28 win-but while celebrating in the team’s locker room after the game, he was captured on video, dropped the team’s football-like crystal trophy, and fell to the ground.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst joked after the loss of Mertz: “We just want everyone to have that trophy.”
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Wisconsin players have been silent about who broke, including Jack Sanborn, who was named the most valuable player in the game. He said “no comment”
Noah Burks, the center back of the ger team, added: “There is a video that proves who broke the trophy. I will not add anything to this.” He intercepted Wake Forest at the end of the third quarter. Quarterback Sam Hartman. “Although we don’t know that the trophy has fallen off.”
Meuse later admitted to breaking the trophy at a virtual press conference after the game.
He said, “I lost it. It was on me.”
“My mom would call it a boo, but it’s okay, we will bounce back,” he continued. “This will be the last trophy I will drop, I promise you.”
Players tried to save their prize by placing a can of Duke’s real mayonnaise at the bottom of the trophy-this was an unexpected victory for the sponsors of the bowl game in Charlotte, North Carolina
Despite the misfortune, Meltz still had three touchdowns. Wisconsin converted four interceptions in the second half-all by different players-to 21 points, turning a close game into a demon deacon. Five players scored for the team.
The game tied 21-21 at the end of the third quarter, until Burks intercepted Hartman and passed the ball back to 41 yards, from Meltz to guard Mason Stoke for 14 yards to score, which made the The team took the first lead.
Although dropped an interception throughout the season, Hartman was selected in the next three rounds.
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Sanborn said: “It feels like it caused the other party.” Adding also added that the Gers have mastered some of Hartman’s tendencies.
“Throughout the game, similar concepts emerged,” Sanborn continued. “We kind of knew where he wanted to throw the ball. He threw the ball early in the game. But we knew where he wanted to throw the ball.”
After the game, Twitter users noticed an earlier post on the Duke University Mayo Bowl Twitter account, which seemed outdated.
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The account read: “Quick reminder that we have the best trophy in football.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report