Forced bank mergers last resort in safeguarding Indonesia’s financial sector: OJK

first_imgRead also: Small banks could be forced to merge under new regulation, OJK says“If it’s only one or two institutions and they do not cause negative sentiment in the financial sector, of course, we can still handle this with business-as-usual ways,” he added.Article 23 of the Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 states that the OJK has the authority to “give written orders to financial service institutions to conduct merger, consolidation, acquisition, integration and/or conversion processes”.Failure to follow the instruction of the OJK by a corporation could lead to imprisonment and a fine of at least Rp 1 trillion (US$61.4 million). The sanctions are stricter compared with only administrative ones regulated in an OJK regulation in 2019. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the Perppu, which activates crisis protocols and provides leeway for his administration to afford the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things, as the disease has disrupted business activity and hit the country’s vulnerable population.Wimboh stressed that other measures, such as stake sales and purchases and allowing Bank Indonesia (BI) to act as the lender of last resort, would be taken first before resorting to the merger scenario.Read also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19Acting as the lender of last resort means that the central bank offers loans to banks and other financial institutions that are experiencing financial difficulties or are considered highly risky and near collapse.Previously, experts and economists expressed confidence that forced mergers would only be used as a last resort. Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) deputy director Eko Listiyanto said there were other methods for rescuing nonperforming banks, such as management restructuring.“In a worst-case scenario where banks fail, the OJK could merge the banks in accordance with the new regulation,” Eko said. Topics : A regulation to force small and struggling banks to consolidate would be the last resort in efforts to safeguard Indonesia’s financial industry amid heightening economic risks, according to Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman Wimboh Santoso.He said during a teleconferenced meeting with House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Tuesday that the “preemptive measure” was aimed at preventing the financial sector situation from worsening and to safeguard public confidence during times of crisis.“This is just in case [we need it]. It doesn’t mean that we have to do it,” Wimboh said, adding that the mechanism would only come into play if there was a foreseeable possibility of widespread collapse among Indonesia’s financial institutions.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 17 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants for Pennsylvania Schools, Businesses, and Municipalities

first_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded grants to 17 alternative fuel projects that will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania. These Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) will be used to develop and promote the use of alternative fuels and develop supporting infrastructure, improving air quality through alternative fuel use.“The AFIG program has made tremendous strides in reducing air pollution, improving the quality of the air we breathe, and paying economic dividends through a reduction in the use of gasoline,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants are awarded to a wide range of projects, both large and small. From purchasing two alternative fuel vehicles to converting entire fleets, these projects show a commitment to make changes that will benefit all Pennsylvanians.”Nearly $2 million in grants were awarded across the two categories. The awards for vehicles will save approximately 650 thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually. A full list of awardees is below. This is the final awarding of AFIG funding for applications submitted in 2016. Nearly $5.5 million was awarded to 43 projects for the calendar year. DEP expects to reopen the AFIG program with next the application submission date due early this summer.“Places like Lycoming County and the River Valley Transit system will save money on fuel costs and cut down on air pollution, and the Philadelphia Airport will be able to serve customers with electric vehicles with new charging stations,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help the commonwealth’s economy and environment. DEP accepts applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in a cleaner and greener transportation sector within the Commonwealth. The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by the DEP through the Office of Policy.In addition to the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants just awarded, DEP is offering a limited number of free technical assistance opportunities to municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations to assist them in developing plans for building or expanding an alternative energy vehicle fleet. Applications for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program will be accepted through June 1, 2017.Vehicle Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Electric Vehicle ProjectAward Total: $80,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,973Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $80,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 10 Nissan Leaf EVs as part of their goal to operate a fossil fuel free fleet by 2030. This project is the first part in the conversion of the Bureau of Permits, Licensing and Inspections fleet, currently made up of 50 Ford Focus sedans.Armstrong CountyAwardee: Sheeren Insurance Group Inc.Project: Teach green to our teens, our futureAward Total: $16,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 666Project Description: Sheeren Insurance group is requesting funding of $16,000 to purchase 2 Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Vehicles.Blair CountyAwardee: A&M Transit CompanyProject: Claysburg Propane Bus PurchaseAward Total: $19,982Number of Vehicles: 6Estimated GGE saved per year: 21,135Project Description: A&M Transit is requesting $19,982 for the conversion of 6 72-passenger diesel school buses to propane.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $44,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 11,250Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion Project is seeking $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 buses to propane fuel. This is first part of their effort to convert their 76 school buses to run on propane. The 10 buses in this project range from 72 passenger to 30 passenger buses.Delaware CountyAwardee: School District of Haverford TownshipProject: The Haverford School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $40,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 23,354Project Description: The Haverford School District is requesting $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 diesel buses, 7 72-passenger and 3 48-passenger buses, to utilizing propane as fuel.Awardee: Wilson of Wallingford, Inc.Project: Fleet expansionAward Total: $7,350Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,077Project Description: Wilson of Wallingford is requesting $7,350 in AFIG funds to purchase two bi-fuel propane Ford Transit trucks. The applicant’s in house vehicles are wrapped in an advertisement that promotes Alternative Fuel.Lycoming CountyAwardee: River Valley TransitProject: Purchase of Ten (10) CNG Transit VehiclesAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 155,131Project Description: River Valley Transit has requested $200,000 in AFIG funds to purchase 10 CNG 35′ and 40′ passenger buses as part of their conversion of their fleet of 29 fixed route transit vehicles from diesel fuel to CNG.Montgomery CountyAwardee: Lower Merion School DistrictProject: Maintaining a Green Fleet Legacy-Acquisition of Ten Compressed Natural Gas BusesAward Total: $121,752Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 22,908Project Description: Lower Merion School District is requesting $121,752 in AFIG funds for the purchase of 10 72-passenger CNG buses.Northampton, Lancaster CountiesAwardee: UGI Utilities, Inc.Project: UGI Utilities CNG Vehicle AcquisitionAward Total: $196,040Number of Vehicles: 31Estimated GGE saved per year: 20,447Project Description: UGI Utilities, Inc. is requesting $196,040 in AFIG funds to acquire 31 CNG vehicles, including freightliner tractors, light duty Chevrolet trucks, and light duty Ford trucks and Transit vans, to be used out of their Lancaster and Bethlehem facilities. These acquisitions will be a mixture of CNG Dedicated and CNG Dual Fuel vehicles. CNG Fueling will take place at existing public accessible stations in both regions.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles for the Philadelphia Parking AuthorityAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 2,000Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Off Street Division’s Downtown / Center City Garages in Philadelphia. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 914Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Airport Operations Division at the Philadelphia International Airport. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Susquehanna CountyAwardee: Xpress Natural Gas, LLCProject: Forest Lake CNG CenterAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 384,610Project Description: Xpress Natural Gas LLC is requesting $200,000 in AFIG funding for the purchase of 10 CNG Freightliner tractors which will collect stranded gas from gathering systems in Susquehanna County and will compress and transport that gas out to market.Refueling Infrastructure Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Charging Infrastructure ProjectAward Total: $175,000Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $175,000 in funding to purchasing a five dual-hose, mobile, solar powered charging units with battery storage to be housed at the Second Avenue Parking Lot and power the City’s fleet at night. The chargers will be open to the public during the day and available to deploy to communities in times of extended grid failure.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling ProjectAward Total: $292,338Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling Project seeks funding of $292,338 to build a propane refueling stations to fuel their first 10 propane school buses. The project will continue to supply fuel for the remainder of District’s 66 buses as they are converted.Montgomery and Philadelphia CountiesAwardee: Mobile Fueling SolutionsProject: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNGAward Total: $500,000Project Description: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNG seeks funding on $500,000 for the construction of 2 “Virtual Pipeline” mobile CNG fueling units.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at Four Center City GaragesAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at four center city garages in Philadelphia.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332 for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at Philadelphia International Airport. April 27, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 17 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants for Pennsylvania Schools, Businesses, and Municipalitiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

2 ‘pushers’ fall in Panay buy-bust

first_imgThe minor was turned over to the Panay municipal police station’s Womenand Children Protection desk, while Arcangeles was detained in the custodialfacility of the police station. Aside from suspected shabu, a P500 marked money and cash amounting toP150 were also seized from the suspects. The 21-year-old Kenn Joy Angeles and a 17-year-old minor – bothresidents of Roxas City, Capiz – yielded the suspected illegal drugs, policesaid. ROXAS City – Nine sachets of suspected shabu were seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Tanza Sur, Panay, Capiz. Kenn Joy Angeles and a 17-year-old minor sits while antidrug officers inspect items seized from them. They were nabbed in an entrapment operation in arangay Tanza Sur, Panay, Capiz on Feb. 20. center_img Personnel of the Capiz Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the Panaymunicipal police station staged the entrapment operation on Feb. 20. “Gin monitor naton ang ila nga movement antes gin kasa ang operation saila,” Police Captain Marvin Balmes, Panay Chief of Police told Panay News. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the comprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PNlast_img read more

There’s no going back playing for Nigeria – Dessers

first_imgCyriel Dessers is totally committed his international future to Nigeria, and there is no going back on the decision. The player had to deny the hint that he was planning to return to Belgium and dump Nigeria. The player re-affirmed his pledge to his fatherland on his twitter handle: ‘I am committed to playing for Nigeria”. Loading… Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Best Tarantino Movie YetThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Dessers, 24, was born in Leuven to a Belgian father and qualifies for Nigeria through his mother.Advertisement The Genk striker was set to make his debut for Nigeria in March, but the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying doubleheader against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone was called off as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19. “One of my best friends is a video analyst of the Red Devils (Belgium), so I sometimes catch up on something, but I have not yet spoken to Roberto Martinez myself,” Dessers told Het Belang van Limburg. read also:Dessers joins Genk from Heracles Almelo “I now focus on Genk and make goals, the rest will come naturally. That has always been my motto. At the moment, the national team is not an issue, we will not know until September. “Maybe I will be summoned somewhere, maybe not.” Dessers was the joint top scorer with 15 goals in the Dutch League last season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Thrills and spills Saturday at Off Road Speedway

first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (June 11) – Thrills and spills may be a racing sports cliche, but the terminology describes the racing at the Off Road Speedway last Saturday night.Side-by-side racing is commonplace, and three-wide is frequent, but on several occasions during Saturday’s feature races on the ‘dry slick’ Norfolk track spectators were treated to cars aligned four-wide across the track.The result was multi-car spin-outs and, in the case of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, a rollover.Tracy Buck earned his first Off Road Speedway win in that division by taking the lead with six laps remaining and surviving two cautions, including the rollover, and then holding off Austin Brauner. Nate DeSive finished third.Chad Bruns will remain at the top of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car standings after his second fea­ture win in the division. Bruns went side-by-side with Ron Pettitt for three laps before denying Pet­titt his third Off Road Speedway win. Pettitt’s son Tanner finished a distant third.Four cautions kept the cars close together throughout the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod fea­ture. Derik Fox led all but the last lap before being edged at the finish line by Justin Addison as the two cars came out of turn four and crossed the finish line together … not only side-by-side but also in contact with each other. Kyle Prauner finished third.Ramsey Meyer’s Mach-1 Sport Compact win was his fourth in six races at Off Road Speedway and will contribute to his nation-leading point total in the division.last_img read more

Keane: I regret Ferguson apology

first_imgRoy Keane says he regrets apologising to Sir Alex Ferguson over the notorious MUTV interview which hastened his acrimonious departure from Manchester United. Ferguson criticised Keane in his autobiography last year and Keane has hit back at the former United manager with a host of barbs and criticisms in his own book. The Second Half, Keane’s updated autobiography, was due to be released on Thursday, but a Tesco store in Burnage made a huge blunder by putting the books on sale 72 hours early and the contents were published by national newspaper websites soon after. Press Association Keane writes about his exchange with the Portuguese: ”I said, ‘Don’t you f****** talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job. Don’t you dare question my loyalty’.” The Irishman then directed his ire towards Ferguson, who had stepped in to stop the row between his assistant and captain. ”You as well gaffer. We need f****** more from you,” Keane claims he said to the United manager. ”We need a bit more, gaffer. We’re slipping behind other teams.” Keane, who moved to Celtic to play out the final five months of his career, claims his departure from United cost him a lot of money because he was due to receive a £1million bonus if he had played in 50 per cent of the first-team games in that 2005-06 season. When Keane was called into Ferguson’s office in November 2005, he says he knew the manager was going to inform him he wanted him out of the club. Keane writes: ”I said to Ferguson, ‘Can I play for somebody else?’ And he said, ‘Yeah you can, cos we’re tearing up your contract’. So I thought, ‘All right – I’ll get fixed up’. I knew there’d be clubs in for me when the news got out. I said, ‘Yeah – I think we have come to the end’. I just thought, ‘F******’ p****’ – and I stood up and went ‘Yeah. I’m off’.” In the book, Keane also writes about a drunken fight with Peter Schmeichel, hits out at Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test, and claims he does not regret making the tackle that effectively ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career – although the Irishman says he never intended to hurt the former Manchester City midfielder. Keane was the main recipient of the hair dryer treatment in Ferguson’s book and it appears the Irishman has returned the favour by hitting out at his former boss in The Second Half. Keane says Ferguson was ill-advised to pursue a legal case against John Magnier and JP McManus over the stud fees from the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse. And the former United captain effectively withdrew an apology he gave to Ferguson after the MUTV interview in which Keane was alleged to have criticised several of his team-mates. ”Now I kind of wish I hadn’t (apologised). Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f****** apologised’. I just wanted to do the right thing,” Keane writes, according to the newspaper websites. Ferguson claimed Keane challenged his authority with the criticism of several members of the United squad, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith. But Keane, who claims in the book that someone at United leaked details about the tape, says his criticisms were not harsh. “The idea that I was in the studio ranting and raving, no… I was told the interview was being pulled. They couldn’t believe what I had said. I didn’t think it was too bad. I thought everyone was overreacting.” Keane does not try to play down the severity of a row with Ferguson, and his assistant Carlos Queiroz, who apparently accused the former United skipper of disloyalty. last_img read more

ICC World Cup No pressure as only 1.5 billion people expecting India to win World Cup: Hardik

first_img New Delhi : The two-time World Champion, India has won its first two games against South Africa and Australia to occupy the fourth spot in the points table. With still seven league games to go, the cricket fanatics already have their hopes high. On this, the all-around Hardik Pandya has made light of Indians’ sky-high expectations from their revered cricket team, saying “maybe only 1.5 billion people are expecting” them to win the World Cup.The all-rounder has emerged as one of the biggest players in India’s quest to win their third World Cup.”(There is) no pressure because only maybe 1.5 billion people are expecting, so no pressure at all,” Hardik said in a video posted by the ICC.The 25-year-old said his sole objective is to win the World Cup.”On 14th July I want to have a Cup in my hand, that is the only thing. Even when I think of it it gives me goosebumps. My plan is simple – win the World Cup. I am hoping that and I expect that from myself,” he said.Hardik added, “(Playing for) India means everything to me, this is my life. I am someone who plays the game with love, passion and loves challenges. Three and half years I have been preparing for this, so the time has come.”The cricketer said the struggles he has faced during his journey have taught him to be happy irrespective of the situation.”I am a happy soul, I like to be happy no matter what happens in my life. Me and my brother (Krunal) were talking and he just mentioned that we, as brothers, are always happy about everything. “Because, for us, from where we have come, everything is a bonus.”He recalled India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup and how he, then dreaming to one day play for the country, celebrated.”Few days back my friend sent me a picture and asked ‘if you remember this’ and I was like ‘I sure do’.”He clicked the picture of us celebrating after Indian winning the World Cup in 2011.And we were on the street because it was a festival. I have never seen so many people out in one night. It actually made me emotional.”Eight years down the line playing the 2019 World Cup, it’s been a dream. And my team-mates are my brothers,” Hardik said. India will play Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester. India is currently placed at number four with two wins in two games. New Zealand occupies the top spot in the points table.  For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Judge OKs fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deal in college bribery scheme; Giannulli to get 5 months in prison

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — Judge OKs fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deal in college bribery scheme; Giannulli to get 5 months in prison. Associated Press August 21, 2020center_img Judge OKs fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s plea deal in college bribery scheme; Giannulli to get 5 months in prisonlast_img

F-M boys soccer ties B’ville, ESM shuts out J-D 2-0

first_imgRemembering how B’ville had dominated that first meeting from start to finish, F-M was far more aggressive from the opening kickoff of the rematch, constantly putting pressure on the Bees’ defense.And that didn’t change even when Griffin Seeber flicked home a corner kick from the point in the 12th minute. Just 10 seconds later, Cheech Pagano worked through several B’ville defenders and sent a hard shot past Andrew Taylor to tie it, 1-1.They continued going back and forth until the 28th minute, when F-M’s Ziad Abdul-Malak’s hard-angle shot from the right found its way into the net. Less than three minutes later, the Bees tied it again as Tyler Johnson converted. Though the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team may have caught up to Baldwinsville, it might have to wait until a Section III playoff showdown before passing them.Weather would not allow the Hornets and Bees to finish last Tuesday night’s highly-anticipated showdown at Swan Pond, the game abandoned early in the second half with the two sides knotted at 2-2.There was plenty of reason for hype. B’ville entered the night 10-0 and no. 5 in the state Class AA rankings. F-M was 9-1 and no. 12 in that same state poll, its only blemish a 3-0 defeat to the Bees at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium early in September. At halftime, the teams were sent indoors for a 30-minute delay when lightning was spotted. Just as the delay ended and the second half got underway, rain and wind arrived, adding to the challenge for the rest of the game.But that only lasted for 10 minutes. When officials spotted more lightning in the distance, again the game halted, this time for good, and both sides would await a possible playoff encounter.On Thursday, F-M returned to action and shut out Liverpool 2-0, a goal in each half proving enough as Nino Pagano and Corey Gallagher put in those goals, while Logan Wilkinson got credit for an assist.F-M’s battle with B’ville was far from the only big local contest of the first week of October. For the second time in as many months, Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa tested each other and put neighborhood bragging rights at stake.J-D had claimed the first encounter 1-0 Sept. 12. The rematch, exactly three weeks later, took place at Spartan Stadium, and ESM got even, taking over in the second half to prevail 2-0.Neither side generated many chances in the first half, but five minutes into the second half ESM’s Christian Moon did some superb dribbling in the left corner to keep the ball inbound and crossed to Matt Kenney, who headed it into the net past J-D goalie Matt Gera.Instead of sitting on that 1-0 lead, the Spartans kept attacking, pressure that paid off when Moon put home the clinching goal in the closing minutes, assisted by Sean Belcher.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: boys soccerESMF-MJ-Dlast_img read more

Trojans end up-and-down season with Holiday Bowl defeat to Wisconsin

first_imgIn a season full of ups and downs, it seemed fitting for the the Trojans to end their 2015 campaign with a 23-21 loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl in a wild affair Wednesday night at Qualcomm Stadium.After the Badgers went ahead 23-21 with less than three minutes remaining in the game on a field goal, redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler was intercepted by Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton on the third play of USC’s next drive.The Trojans forced a punt, leaving them with 35 seconds and no timeouts to work with. They advanced to midfield before Kessler threw incomplete to junior wide receiver Darreus Rogers on a fourth-and-10 pass that would have been short of the first down anyway.Kessler noted after the game that Rogers misread the down and distance.“I probably should have just thrown the Hail Mary,” Kessler said. “Honestly it was not on [Rogers]. We were trying to get a quick 10 yards and get it out and make it an easier. I called the play and he came up after and said, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know what down and distance it was.’”“The team that made the least amount of mistakes won the game,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Really credit [Wisconsin] Coach [Paul] Chryst, his staff on a well-earned, hard-fought victory. We had enough mistakes in that game to get beat.”The Trojans took their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter on a methodical drive with three third-down conversions. On third-and-four from the Badgers’ 23-yard line, Kessler found sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 10-yard gain, and then on third-and-four from the seven-yard line, Kessler waited and patiently found Rogers for the touchdown to give the Trojans a 21-20 advantage.After USC went three-and-out on its opening drive of the second half, the Badgers went on a 12-play, six-minute drive capped off with a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joel Stave to tight end Austin Traylor to put Wisconsin up 20-7.But the Trojans answered with a quick drive that took just over two minutes, sparked by a 39-yard completion from Kessler to Smith-Schuster and a clever first down run by Jalen Greene on a lateral. On first and goal from the four-yard line, junior running back Justin Davis ran it in to cut the Badgers’ advantage to 20-14 with five minutes to play in the third quarter.USC outgained Wisconsin 221-217 in the air but struggled to implement the run game with just 65 rushing yards to the Badgers’ 177.“They’ve got a solid front five and the tackles and the guards that I was going against were competitive and physical on the run,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Delvon Simmons said. “It was a competitive game. They came out ready to work, we came out ready to work and they came out on top and that’s unfortunate.”Wisconsin took a 10-0 lead with just under nine minutes to play in the first half on a 74-yard drive that took just six plays. Stave completed all three of his pass attempts on the drive, the latter of which was a 26-yard completion to Traylor that set up a first and goal. On the next play, Corey Clement ran it in from six yards out – a play that was deemed a touchdown upon video review – to open up a two score advantage for the Badgers.The Trojans’ offense finally showed signs of life midway through the second quarter when it crossed midfield for the first time. The drive featured two fourth down conversions, the first a 34-yard catch-and-run by sophomore Adoree’ Jackson to the two-yard line of Wisconsin and the second a leaping touchdown by Davis on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line to put USC on the board and cut the lead to 10-7.The score came after freshman Ronald Jones II’s two-yard touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty and Smith-Schuster was tackled just short of the goal line on a third-down catch.The Badgers answered with a 33-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.The first quarter was scoreless and featured just 107 yards of total offense from each team. Both USC and Wisconsin punted twice after their drives stalled.“I thought our offensive line in that first quarter had some missed assignments in that set us back,” Helton said on the slow start. “And once again we came out just like [in the Stanford game] and started off a little slow assignment wise, and it cost us.”The Badgers got on the board first with a 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter by Gaglianone, set up by a one-handed 21-yard catch by Robert Wheelwright that put Wisconsin in the red zone.Wisconsin entered the game boasting the nation’s top defense, which allowed just 13.1 points per game prior to Wednesday night. The Trojans came into the night averaging 34.9 points per game.The Trojans end the season with an 8-6 record, finishing 5-4 under Helton, who took over midway through the year after Steve Sarkisian’s dismissal. Helton, who was given the permanent head coaching job before the Pac-12 Championship game, does not see the sour end to the season affecting the team’s future.“[We] won a Pac-12 South Championship,” Helton said. “We haven’t done that in a while, and to be able to do that and go to the Pac-12 Championship game and come to the Holiday Bowl, I think we’re on the rise. I think our future is very, very bright, and I do not let this game deter it. It was two really good teams that had a very hard-fought game, and we just came out on the short end of the stick.”Kessler, the redshirt senior whose final game as a Trojan did not go to according to plan, concurred that the future is promising under Helton.“We went through the darkest times so that there could be a bright future,” Kessler said. “I really believe that this team is going to make some noise next year and a lot of that’s due to Coach Helton. I know he’s going to get these guys ready next year, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”last_img read more