The Wisconsin Badgers' football loss hurts, and we feel for the players. A couple of missed plays (offensive and defensive), and some calls (made or not) by the referees could have changed the outcome.

But the Buckeyes consistently won the line of scrimmage battle on both sides of the ball, and exceptional Ohio State athletes made big plays in key situations.

Yet we were still in position to go for the win and a spot in the College Football Playoff on our final possession. Why? Because Wisconsin’s program develops talented, hardworking young men into rock solid, well-coached teams that play with heart and character.

That last drive didn’t end as we wanted. But defining individual or team success based on that outcome is flawed thinking. We live to compete with honor, not to win. That's a truth that overly critical fans and analysts could learn by paying closer attention to our Badgers.

On Saturday, they once again proved they can compete with the best while doing things the right way. Coach Paul Chryst, his staff and the players should be tremendously proud of their accomplishments while representing our university and state. UW fans should be leading them in that forward direction. On, Wisconsin! Go Badgers!

Andy Tonies, Lake Mills

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