Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst didn't sugarcoat it when he was asked about his team's physicality following a 38-7 loss to Ohio State.
"When you lose the way we did, you can't sit up here and say we were more physical," Chryst said. "And that's my answer to that one."
It was the only question that seemed to irk the fifth-year head coach. Physicality proved to be a major reason for the Badger's second consecutive loss.
Led by Chase Young (six tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles), Ohio State got to Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan at will and made his life difficult all night long.
Chryst knew coming in that the Buckeyes defense would be a challenge but playing them was a different type of experience.
"It's a really good defense," Chryst said. "Obviously the things that we had to try to help ourselves in that we didn't do them well enough."
Chryst, obviously bothered by one of the worst losses in his tenure with the Badgers, showed his respect to the Buckeye's defense in a subtle way. He was more open about Ohio State's high powered offense, which was highlighted by J.K. Dobbins 163 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
"He's a really talented running back," he said. "I think with any good team and obviously Ohio State's a really good team, there's a number of players that make them good."
Chryst and the Badgers (6-2) look forward to using this week's bye to regroup and get ready to make a run at a Big Ten West title. Ohio State (8-0) will also have a bye week to prepare for Maryland