LB apologizes for knocking Sorgi out of game

Updated: October 13, 2003, 1:30 AM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State linebacker Robert Reynolds apologized Sunday night for jabbing Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi, knocking him out of the Badgers' 17-10 win over the Buckeyes.

Sorgi couldn't talk and had difficulty swallowing and breathing after getting injured on a third-down keeper in the third quarter Saturday night

Reynolds issued a statement through Ohio State, saying that he had apologized to Sorgi and Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez. "I lost my poise and there is no excuse for that," Reynolds said. "That is certainly not characteristic of Ohio State football. I take full responsibility for my action. As a senior, I have to responsibility to set a better example."

Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said he also had apologized to Alvarez on behalf of Ohio State and Reynolds.

"Having known Rob for three years, I believe this is an isolated incident and out of character for him," Tressel said. "He has apologized to me and is willing to accept the consequences of his behavior."

Backup quarterback Matt Schabert came on after Sorgi was injured and threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans with 5:20 left to help Wisconsin snapped the defending national champions' 19-game winning streak.

Reynolds was not flagged on the play, but might face disciplinary action from the league.

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