October 10, 2009

Notes and quotes: post Ohio State

COLUMBUS - Unfortunately for Wisconsin, statistics do now win games. Even though a betting man would have likely picked the Badgers to win over Ohio State based on the statistics of Saturday's game, it still was not meant to be for UW.

Two costly interceptions from Scott Tolzien and an OSU kickoff return for a touchdown were enough to bury the Badgers and their chance at an upset in the Horseshoe.

The following is a look at several notes from Saturday's 31-13 loss to the Buckeyes.

-UW's fake field goal that went for a Chris Maragos touchdown was the first fake kick of any kind since punter Ken DeBauche completed a 31-yard pass to Paul Standring on a fake punt at Ohio State in 2007.

-For the third straight time, UW won the time of possession battle. This time, UW dominated it as they held the ball for 42 minutes and 47 seconds of the game.

-UW tallied 22 first downs during the game, tying its season high.

-Scott Tolzien's 27 completions as well as his 45 attempts, are both career highs.

-Ten different Badgers caught a pass in Saturday's game.

-True freshman Montee Ball rushed for 19 yards on three carries. He also caught two balls for 22 yards.

-With Culmer St. Jean's interception, UW now has nine on the season. Over each of the past two seasons, UW only had 12 total.

-O'Brien Schofield notched 3.5 tackles-for-loss and had two sacks, boosting his season total to 14.5 TFL's and 6.5 sacks.

-The UW's defense held OSU to only 184 offensive yards, which is a season low for the Buckeyes.

-With its dominating performance, the Ohio State defensive line extended added to its steak of not allowing an opposing rusher to gain over 100-yards. By holding John Clay to 59 yards rushing, the Buckeyes have now gone 16 straight games without giving up 100 yards to one player.

-Ray Small's third quarter kickoff return for a touchdown was Ohio State's first since Ted Ginn Jr. did it to open the 2007 national championship game.

-Saturday's attendance of 105,301 was the 12th largest crowd ever to watch a game at Ohio Stadium.

The following are quotes from Saturday's game:

-Bret Bielema on Ohio State's defense:

"They were very good. Up front, just the ability to get pressure with four, sometimes five guys coming. There were some one-on-one battles with some of our guys where guys got overwhelmed with pressure. If they didn't get to Scotty, they were definitely in his face."

-Bielema on losing to Ohio State:

"Because they've been in four straight Big Ten championships, if you want to be considered a player in this league you've got to beat Ohio State. It's something that I'll definitely be able to personally think about for another year and have our players be engrained to that as well. A very wise coach once said that if you've done it, it ain't bragging. They've done it four straight years. They've set the bar in this league and we've got to be able to go after them."

-Culmer St. Jean on OSU's late first half touchdown drive:

"They have athletes. So, Terrelle Pryor made a great play going back door. He took the momentum. We had to make the stop. We got them to third and 15 and they have playmakers so they threw it up. One of their playmakers made a play."

-Chris Maragos on his fake field goal touchdown:

"I was looking for a certain look and we got the look. We put it on and I knew it was going to be a race to the corner. Garrett Graham threw a great block and I just went, dove and got there. So it was good, but it doesn't really matter because we lost."

-J.J. Watt on losing contain to Pryor on his 27-yard run:

"I had contain and I lost contain on that. I didn't get deep enough to level the ball and with an athlete like that, you can't have one technique flaw. So that one's on me. But play the next play and that's what we did. Really, for our defense to hold them to 10 points, that's something that we can pride ourselves on. But when you don't win the game, you can't really pride yourself on too much."

-Tolzien on Ohio State's defense:

"They're talented. We definitely knew that coming in. They're also really well coached and real sound fundamentally and assignment sound as well."

-O'Brien Schofield on watching Ohio State score 21 points when the defense wasn't on the field:

"You can't let it get to you because you've got to keep doing your job and only do what you can control. We can only control when we're on the field. We still gave up 10 points and we could have done better but that's still a good job against Ohio State. It's something that we've got to learn from as a whole team that all three phases of the game we have to play together."

-John Clay on miscues and turnovers:

"We were shooting ourselves in the foot. We had it right there in our hands and (we had) stupid penalties and turning the ball over and just not making the best of our ability when we had the ball out there."

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