Wisconsin Badgers accidentally shatter trophy while celebrating Duke's Mayo Bowl win
Posted on Jan 5, 2021 by Brad McCabe

The Wisconsin Badgers captured the Duke's Mayo Bowl and the trophy that came along with it.

And then they broke it.

While dancing around to celebrate his team's 42-28 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday, quarterback Graham Mertz dropped the football-shaped piece of Lenox crystal, leaving it shattered on the floor of the locker room after it fell off its base.

"We just wanted everybody to have a piece of that trophy,'' Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst joked.

Mertz accounted for three touchdowns, and Wisconsin turned four second-half interceptions, each by a different player, into 21 points to turn a close game into a near-rout of the Demon Deacons. Five players scored touchdowns for the Badgers.

Mertz, a redshirt freshman, threw for 130 yards and ran for two short TDs as Wisconsin (4-3) finished a rocky 2020 season on a high note.

"Yeah, I dropped it,'' Mertz said sheepishly. "That's on me. It happened.''

But not to worry: Mertz was able to "fix" the trophy by taping a bottle of Duke's mayonnaise to the base, as evidenced in his Instagram story.

The sponsor agreed with the fix, tweeting: "Duke's makes everything better, right @BadgerFootball?"

The Charlotte Sports Foundation, which supplied the crystal football for the trophy, told the Charlotte Observer on Thursday that it would be replaced.

Article as posted on https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/30626036/wisconsin-badgers-accidentally-shatter-trophy-celebrating-duke-mayo-bowl-win

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