Wisconsin wins Duke's Mayo Bowl, promptly shatters trophy in celebration

Jason Owens
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Wisconsin beat Wake Forest in Wednesday’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl, news that is perhaps of moderate interest to Wisconsin football fans.

Much more interesting is what happened after the Badgers’ 42-28 victory. Wisconsin took the celebration to the locker room at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. And that’s where tragedy struck.

Shortly after the conclusion of the game, images of shattered glass on the floor emerged thanks to reporters on the scene.

Yes, that appears to be the Duke’s Mayo Bowl Trophy broken into countless pieces. Here’s what it looks like when it’s not scattered in shards on the carpet.

Whodunnit?

Details were initially sparse. Who was responsible for the calamity, and how did it occur?

Was senior linebacker Noah Burks — seen above looking forlornly at the base of the once-grand mayonnaise trophy — responsible for the deed?

The initial round of video evidence only documented the aftermath.

But around 30 minutes later, the culprit emerged. The responsible party is none other than freshman starting quarterback Graham Mertz, who threw for 130 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Wednesday’s win.

He took considerably better care of the football in game than he did the trophy after it.

But wait. Was this an act of sloppy trophy security or poor craftsmanship?

Another angle suggests that maybe the trophy wasn’t put together so well and broke apart in Mertz’s hand — as opposed to an outright fumble.

Or, perhaps, the trophy is designed that way so the crystal football can be removed from its base.

Either way, Mertz and Wisconsin were forced to improvise to salvage their coveted prize.

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The Wisconsin Badgers celebrate their victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons after winning the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 30, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Tragedy struck the trophy moments later. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)