October 12, 2008

Series by series: UW defense against PSU

MADISON, Wis. - In short, the Badger defense can only do so much when the UW offense is unable to put points on the board. Early in the game, Penn State was only able to score three points as Wisconsin's defense proved stout and did not allow them to capitalize on great starting field position.

However, as the Badger offense continually failed to move the ball, it was only a matter of time before PSU's offense took the game over.

The following is a look back at UW's defensive series:

First quarter:

Defensive series No. 1: Started on Penn State 29 yard line following Brad Nortman punt.
Plays: 4
Yards given up: 22
Result: 49-yard Jeremy Boone punt.

Best play: On second and five near midfield, linebacker Jonathan Casillas got to Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark just a fraction of a second after he threw the ball. Still, receiver Derrick Williams had a step on Allen Langford but the hurry forced Clark to just overthrow his target.

Defensive series No. 2: Started on Penn State 48 yard line following Nortman punt.
Plays: 6
Yards given up: 19
Result: 50-yard Kevin Kelly field goal. (3-0 PSU)

Best play: Langford held Graham Zug short of the first down after he caught Clark's pass and looked to have a shot at moving the chains. Instead, PSU had to settle for a 50-yard field goal.

Defensive series No. 3: Started on Penn State 44 yard line following Nortman punt.
Plays: 3
Yards given up: 9
Result: 37 yard Boone punt.

Best play: This may have been the Badgers best defensive series of the game. After giving up eight yards on first down, Shane Carter played a deep pass perfectly and batted the ball away before Jordan Norwood could haul it in. Then, on third down, UW held Evan Royster short of the first down, forcing the punt.

Second quarter:

Defensive series No. 4: Started on Penn State 49 yard line following Nortman punt.
Plays: 9
Yards given up: 51
Result: Penn State touchdown (10-0 PSU)

Worst play: On first and ten from the Badger 38 yard line, Clark found Norwood wide open along the Nittany Lion sideline. Carter looked hesitant to attack the ball carrier and let Norwood come to him and allowed him to gain 21 yards on the play.

Defensive series No. 5: Started on Penn State 20 following kickoff (17-7 PSU).
Plays: 6
Yards given up: 20
Result: 46-yard Boone punt.

Best play: Corner Mario Goins broke up Clark's pass intended for Williams along the Badger sideline. Had Williams caught the pass, Penn State would have had a first down, but Goins jumped the route and broke it up.

Defensive series No. 6: Started on UW 16 yard line following Allan Evridge fumble.
Plays: 1
Yards given up: 16
Result: Touchdown (24-7 PSU)

Worst play: Clark saw Deon Butler[/b] streaking across the middle of the field near the end zone and Langford got there too early and was called for pass interference. On the next play, Clark rumbled into the end zone that sucked all the life out of the Badgers heading into the half.

Third quarter:

Defensive series No. 7: Started on Penn State 24 yard line following second half kickoff.
Plays: 6
Yards given up: 76
Result: Touchdown (31-7 PSU)

Worst play: Penn State came out aggressive and the Badger defense gave up passing plays of 14, 11, 12, and 17 yards during the drive. [db]Niles Brinkley was also flagged for pass interference during the drive. Finally, Clark pounded in a four-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring drive.

Defensive series No. 8: Started on Penn State 18 yard line following Nortman punt.
Plays: 7
Yards given up: 82
Result: Touchdown (38-7 PSU)

Best play: Jason Chapman and Casillas got into the Penn State backfield and dropped Royster for a three-yard loss on the first play of the drive.

Worst play: Clark found Butler for a 44 yard touchdown midway through the quarter. On the play, Clark sold a play-action fake and perfectly lobbed a ball to his wide-open receiver down field.

Defensive series No. 9: Started on UW 48 yard line after Lydell Sargeant interception.
Plays: 8
Yards given up: 35
Result: 30-yard Kelly field goal

Best play: On third and 11, DeAndre Levy held Stephfon Green short of the first down after he caught Clark's pass.

Fourth quarter:

Defensive series No. 10: Started on UW 44 yard line following Sargeant interception.
Plays: 6
Yards given up: 32
Result: Culmer St. Jean interception.

Best play: With his team driving, Clark threw the ball to his slot receiver but St. Jean jumped the route and intercepted the pass and returned it 37 yards.

Defensive series No. 11: Started on Penn State 45 yard line following fumble recovery.
Plays: 8
Yards given up: 51
Result: Touchdown (48-7 PSU).

Worst play: With the backups in, new PSU quarterback Pat Devlin found Joe Suhey for a 19-yard gain down to the Badger two yard line. Two plays later, Devlin would add insult to injury with a one-yard touchdown run.



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