The Badgers will have to make do without their best pass rusher for the first two quarters of Saturday's game against Minnesota.
A University of Wisconsin spokesperson told reporters Tuesday that the program's appeal of junior outside linebacker Nick Herbig's targeting penalty last week at Nebraska was denied. Herbig was flagged in the third quarter after a late hit on quarterback Casey Thompson, and he will miss the first half of the 2:30 p.m. game against the Gophers.
UW interim coach Jim Leonhard said Monday he disagreed with the call but wasn't sure how likely it would be that Herbig's appeal would be successful.
"All I saw was him break the pocket and I didn't think he was going to slide," Herbig said Monday. "I didn't think he was going to slide, you know? Try and make a statement. He went down at the last second and I did everything in my power to avoid him, I really did. But ended up clipping his helmet."
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This is the second straight UW-Minnesota game to be affected by a targeting call. UW safety Collin Wilder was called for targeting on the first play from scrimmage in Minneapolis last season, taking off one of the Badgers' captains and emotional leaders. Herbig is also a captain.
Herbig leads the Big Ten with 11 sacks, which is tied for the most among Power Five conference players and tied for second-most in the FBS. He has 43 tackles, including 15 1/2 for loss, and two forced fumbles this season.
Herbig has been a starter for UW since his true freshman season in 2020, and his only missed game at UW came this season against Purdue.
Badgers fans proud of 'gritty' Wisconsin football win at Nebraska
Nitty gritty victory
Eleven down in the 4th quarter and the Badgers overcame the wind, the officiating, and are now Bowl eligible for the 21st consecutive season! Congratulations to both the players and coaches. They never gave up. A gritty performance!— Jeff Ostach☮️ (@jeff_ostach) November 19, 2022
Just like basketball
The biggest difference between the team that lost to Illinois and the team that won today was that they never stopped fighting.— Craig Smith (@smithcp1) November 19, 2022
But that was one of the ugliest wins in a long time. Like Badgers MBB over UWGB-level ugly.
Can't take that away
Was looking like the points lost on two Chim drops would cost them. Love the QB sneak and having both backs be the “pushers”. Say this for Mertz: the guy has toughness.— Rob Finley (@finleyr27) November 19, 2022
This team has been through a ton…yes they played unevenly…but made plays in the end.— Todd (@pilprin) November 19, 2022
Progression in the ugly?
Ugly on a technical level, but gotta give the team credit for fighting, not sure they win this type of game early in the season— Dan D. (@One_Punch_Dan) November 19, 2022
Very gutty win... I love CFB because you see kids, most of who won't ay in the NFL, giving 100% effort on every play. And they got rewarded for it.— firstname.lastname@example.org (@seanu82766) November 19, 2022
Herbig ejection galvanized them a bit I think. And Kaden Johnson played well in his place!!
Not one ...
Never a doubt.— Bob Bradovich (@BobBradovich) November 19, 2022
Looks good in hindsight
Been saying all year, Get the ball in Guerrendo’s hands!!! Look what happened!— Richard Earlier (@EarlierRichard) November 19, 2022
Room for running backs
Isaac and Chez carried the load for a very obviously hurting Allen. Great grit shown by all of them.— DesertEagle (@D3s3rtEagl3) November 19, 2022
Not a great team
They didn’t cover— BrockinSB (@HiuraFan) November 19, 2022
Shadow of greatness
Coach Leonard stole one. Just like Barry did at times.— Ilija Radjenovic (@IlijaQZ) November 19, 2022
Count Chocula Bowl here we come!!! (that’s a thing right?) 🧛🏼♂️— Russ Evansen (@waunaruss) November 19, 2022
Where it always sleets
can't wait for the "welcome to shreveport pirelli tire bowl", but glad to get the win— Slim Hickman (@SlimHickman) November 19, 2022
The future is now
Fought hard. All you can ask. Give Leonhard the job already. The short term future (and, by extension, long term future) of the program depends on it— Jon Corbett (@Jon_Corbett) November 19, 2022
McIntosh at work
Gutty win but start the national search. AD needs to weigh alternatives: if Jim’s olan is better and he thinks he can execute it, fine. Otherwise, move on— Fred Ehle (@FredEhle) November 19, 2022
Not bad for rock bottom?
Great win during a bad year. I hope this proves to be "rock bottom" and Leonhard has the offensive line and defense on the upswing by next year, but I know that's a tall task.— JZilla (@zillmerjsh) November 19, 2022
The record is the record
Leonhard 4-2 and a few plays from 5-1. Mertz hung tough!— Douglas Greenberg (@DougGreenB) November 19, 2022
A vote for Jimmy
Painful to watch but love the fight which wasn’t there early in the season. Chez looked good. A much-needed win - give Jimmy the job!— Susan Balsai (@sesbadger) November 19, 2022
Despite the win, team languishing; barely defeated a bad team. UW better in most metrics yet never appeared dominant.Hope is that once OLine is consistent and healthy, they can blow out teams like this. 6-7 wins=mediocrity. We’ve become accustomed to better.— Mark Schutta (@MarkSchutta) November 19, 2022
Onto the Axe
Happy for the team after a brutal week. Needed something to go their way. D was special again. Offense arose when needed.— Chris Davis (@cdavis20000) November 19, 2022
Now let’s go get the Axe!
A huge win. Bowl practices are really important, particularly with a transition to a new head coach.— David Roelke (@droelke) November 19, 2022
Ugly win, BUT very important For the future of the program. Hope it can help stop the recruit bleeding and give them some confidence going into The Axe game.— Eric M. Tostrud (@EricTostrud) November 19, 2022
Pride on the line?
Get the Axe back. Win the Quik Lane Car Care Bowl….— Brian Suttie (@BigDaddySutt) November 19, 2022
And pretend this season never happened!!
The real 'football'
With the World Cup coming up, it’s appropriate to note that they call soccer the beautiful game. That does not apply here.— Peter Healy (@PeterRHealy) November 19, 2022