Observations on the win over
the Badgers, 21-14!
1-We were very lucky to win! The
Badgers played a great game, but our defense really stepped up
in the second half. They scored no points, and couldn't even get
in our red zone once (close twice). Hobson led the defense with
9 tackles including one sack and one tackle for loss, McClintock
had 8 (none in the 2nd half) and LeSueur had 7. We had 4 sacks,
4 tackles for loss and 7 pass break ups including 3 by Markus
Curry. Cato June did start over Shaw, and Sarantos started, but
McClintock and he shared much of the playing time today at WILL.
2-Our special teams continue to
kill us. We allowed a punt return for a touchdown after leading
14-0 to put them back into the game. They had 5 punt returns for
97 yards and a TD. Finley had a poor day, and contributed to their
punt returns with poor hang time. He had 6 punts and a 37 yard
average, but the net punting was horrendous. We also had a "halo"
penalty, and two declined running into the punter penalties by
Pierre Woods. Our punt returns feature a new returner, Jermaine
3-Perry had 175 yards in 27 carries,
and ran hard despite taking some tough hits. Askew had 44 yards
in 6 carries; each has a TD. We evened up time of possession advantage.
We did have 216 yards rushing which is a good day for us against
a tough Badger defense.
5-Navarre did not have a stellar
day; he was 19 of 28 for 134 yards, 2 picks and 1 TD. Joppru had
7 catches for 45 yards; Bellamy and Edwards had 4 catches each;
Edwards had one game winning TD. On third down, we were 7 of 14;
the Badgers were only 4 of 13. Michigan had 17 first downs to
15 for Wisconsin. The Badgers were +2 in turnovers, and that kept
them in the game along with their great punt returns. Their defense
had no sacks, but several hurries that led to the two picks. Their
defense hit extremely hard, but tired in the second half.
6-Anthony Davis had 154 yards on
26 carries for 1 TD. He almost broke several runs for TDs, but
we held on. I think the only reason they didn't beat us was they
couldn't establish a passing game. Bollinger was 7 of 20 for only
60 yards. They had 255 net yards of offense with 195 in rushing.
Their kicking game also killed them with 7 punts for 31 yard average,
a missed field goal, and the pooch punt of about 10 yards when
they could have boxed us in.
7-Wisconsin fans have two valid
beefs: one was on the screen pass that Askew caught and was ruled
incomplete, but we could see in the replay that he caught it and
fumbled with Wisconsin recovering. The second was the incomplete
pass in the end zone where Markus Curry interfered with the receiver
prior to the ball coming down. Both close calls that went our
way. I won't complain because we don't always get all the close
ones, but these looked like they could have easily changed the
outcome of the game.
8-Bring on the Buckeyes! 12-0 or
11-1 who cares, we need to play our best game to have a chance,
but I think we can do it.
Observations on the first half
with the Badgers, 14-14!
1-Wisconsin has completely taken
control of this game after being behind 0-14 after the first 5
minutes. They have evened up time of possession (actually gone
ahead by one minute), out rushed us with Davis running for 106
yards in 15 carries. They should be ahead if it weren't for a
missed field goal. The two turnovers by us completely turned the
momentum around along with the punt return.
2-Our special teams continue to
kill us. We allow a punt return for a touchdown after leading
14-0 to put them back into the game. They have 3 punt returns
for 68 yards and a TD. Finley is having a poor day, and contributing
to their punt returns. His hang is poor, and his 4 punts are averaging
35 yards. We also have a "halo" penalty. Our punt returns
feature a new returner, Jermaine Gonzalez.
3-Our defense is getting tired,
and it is obvious by the missed tackles. McClintock is leading
the defense with 8 tackles. June is playing quite a bit, and we
have two sacks and two tackles for loss (both by Orr and Lazarus).
Bollinger is killing us with options and scrambles setting up
Davis on cutbacks.
4-Perry has 86 yards in 15 carries
and Askew has 31 yards in 3 carries; each has a TD. We need to
get back to a time of possession advantage.
5-Navarre is not having a stellar
day; he is 9 of 15 for 77 yards, 1 pick and 0 TDs. Joppru has
4 catches for 24 yards; Bellamy and Askew have 2 catches each.
Braylon Edwards has been shut out. On third down, we are 3 of
7 as are the Badgers and each team has 8 first downs.