Wisconsin had its chances, but never capitalized during a brutal loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon.
The two ranked Big Ten squads engaged in a defensive bout on Saturday. Both teams entered halftime without having scored a single point, although the Badgers had plenty of opportunities to score. Somehow, Wisconsin was even worse in the second half, despite actually putting up points.
Quarterback Graham Mertz, in particular, played poorly down the stretch. The Badgers had an opportunity to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but Mertz’s third-down throw was off target and fell incomplete.
Graham Mertz…buddy. pic.twitter.com/dF9BDcPHV8
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) September 4, 2021
In fact, fans have been taking to Twitter all afternoon to discuss Graham Mertz, who appears to have lost support from the Badgers’ fan-base.
“I’m starting to think Graham Mertz’s opener against Illinois last season was an outlier…,” one fan said on Twitter.
“Soooo we have enough evidence to see that Graham Mertz is just like any other Wisconsin quarterback not named Russell Wilson….right? He ain’t good folks,” another said.
Check out what others had to say about Mertz’s performance on Saturday.
Graham Mertz is absolutely awful. Literally never want to see him in another game this season.
— Jason Gough (@goughball28) September 4, 2021
Remember when Graham Mertz was gonna win the Heisman last year for about a week
— Mike Sweeney (@TheReaLegend) September 4, 2021
Early returns appear I might have been wrong about Graham Mertz having a nice season
— Kyle Hunter (@KyleHunterPicks) September 4, 2021
Graham Mertz is just not good
— Robert Dalton (@RobertDalton02) September 4, 2021
Graham Mertz first game last year: A+
Graham Mertz first game this year: F
He only got worse last year, so hopefully he only gets better this year! #OnWisconsin
— Michael Clouse (@theonlyMC) September 4, 2021
Graham Mertz may want to stay off social media this weekend. He’s not going to like what he sees.
Mertz was coined the next college football superstar after a strong start last year. But he was next to awful against the Penn State defense on Saturday.
Wisconsin has some things to think about at the quarterback decision next week.