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Fumble! Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz drops and shatters crystal trophy during locker room celebration

Fumble! Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz drops and shatters crystal trophy during locker room celebration after beating Wake Forest in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl as coach Paul Chryst jokes he ‘wanted everybody to have a piece’

  • Wisconsin beat Wake Forest, 42-28, on Wednesday in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl 
  • During the locker room celebration, Badgers QB Graham Mertz was dancing with the trophy when its football-shaped crystal became detached from the base 
  • The Lenox crystal football fell to the locker room floor and shattered everywhere
  • Afterwards coach Paul Chryst joked that he ‘wanted everybody to have a piece’
  • One player said he believes the Duke’s Mayo Bowl trophy will be replaced  

The Wisconsin Badgers captured the Duke’s Mayo Bowl and its accompanying crystal trophy – and then they promptly 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.

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

Lenox crystal pictured shattered across the locker room floor

While dancing around to celebrate his team’s 42-28 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday, quarterback Graham Mertz (left) dropped the football-shaped piece of Lenox crystal, leaving it shattered on the floor of the locker room (right)

Afterwards Mertz (pictured) revealed that he suffered a cut on the trophy, but vowed never to make the same mistake again. 'My mama would call it a boo-boo, but it's all right, we'll bounce back,' he said. 'It'll be the last trophy I ever drop, I guarantee you that'

Afterwards Mertz (pictured) revealed that he suffered a cut on the trophy, but vowed never to make the same mistake again. ‘My mama would call it a boo-boo, but it’s all right, we’ll bounce back,’ he said. ‘It’ll be the last trophy I ever drop, I guarantee you that’

Mertz did offer a solution on top of his apology by taping a plastic bottle of Duke's Mayo atop the trophy, where the football-shaped Lenox crystal once sat

Mertz did offer a solution on top of his apology by taping a plastic bottle of Duke’s Mayo atop the trophy, where the football-shaped Lenox crystal once sat

Afterwards, during a video call with reporters, Mertz revealed that he suffered a cut on the trophy, but vowed never to make the same mistake again. 

‘My mama would call it a boo-boo, but it’s all right, we’ll bounce back,’ he said. ‘It’ll be the last trophy I ever drop, I guarantee you that.’ 

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

The 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.

Wisconsin inside linebacker Noah Burks inspects the broken trophy after Wednesday's win over Wake Forest

Wisconsin inside linebacker Noah Burks inspects the broken trophy after Wednesday’s win over Wake Forest

But the post-game talk centered around his memorable fumble.  

‘Yeah, I dropped it,’ Mertz said sheepishly. ‘That’s on me. It happened.’

Mertz did offer a solution on top of his apology by taping a plastic bottle of Duke’s Mayo atop the trophy, where the football-shaped Lenox crystal once sat.  

Reports of the broken trophy began to seep onto social media in the hours after Wednesday’s win. 

‘There’s video proof out there who broke the trophy, and I’m not going to say anything else regarding that,’ joked linebacker Noah Burks, whose interception helped Wisconsin pull off Wednesday’s win. 

As Burks and others explained, the trophy wasn’t necessarily dropped; rather, the top crystal become detached and fell to the floor, shattering everywhere. 

‘I actually was talking to coach [Jim] Leonhard when that happened, so I will remove myself from that conversation, but like Noah said, there is some video proof of what happened,’ Safety Scott Nelson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Apparently, we’re getting a new one,’ Nelson continued. ‘I don’t know if that’s a secret; I’m sorry if it is. But I think Graham got a little too excited and thought he could dance a little bit. I try to stay in my lane. I’m not much of a dancer. No good things happen when I dance.’ 

The Badgers pose with their makeshift trophy after Wednesday's Duke's Mayo Bowl victory

The Badgers pose with their makeshift trophy after Wednesday’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory 

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