September 19, 2009

Post Wofford: Notes and quotes

MADISON, Wis. - Though Wisconsin found a way to fumble the ball six times, three of which were lost, the Badgers still managed to coast to an easy 44-14 win over Wofford. But, heading into Big Ten play, the sloppiness that plagued the team throughout the first quarter needs to be straightened up.

The following are notes and quotes following UW's final game before the conference season kicks off:

-For the first time in 42 home games, the Badgers were unable to sell out Camp Randall Stadium.

"First off, it's a priority of ours to make sure we're bringing in…as many quality opponents that we can get on the schedule," UW head coach Bret Bielema said following the game. "We were really hamstrung a couple of years back when I first took over when San Diego State pulled out of a series. I jockeyed a bunch of schedules around.

"When this game came on the docket, I literally had three options to fill this date. It was a very frustrating time. It was a little bit of a significance of not only the opponent I'm sure, but also financial times and where we're at."

-In the second quarter, Wisconsin scored 21 points in a span of just less than five minutes. It's 28 points in that quarter turned out to be the most points scored in any quarter since UW put up 34 on Temple in the second quarter of that game in 2005.

-The Badgers finished a perfect six-for-six on red zone scoring chances during Saturday's game.

-The 44-14 win was the largest margin of victory since a 55-20 win at Indiana on Nov. 8, 2008.

-Junior tight end Lance Kendricks recorded his first career touchdown when he caught Scott Tolzien's pass in the second quarter. He finished the game with six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.

-Both John Moffitt and Bill Nagy logged their first game action of the season during Saturday's game.

-All four of Tolzien's touchdown passes to this point have been thrown to four different receivers. And to this point, Tolzien has completed 69.1 percent of his passes.

-Freshman quarterback Curt Phillips became the first UW quarterback since Brooks Bollinger to lead the team in rushing with his 92-yard performance on four carries.

-Freshman linebacker Mike Taylor notched his first career sack when Wofford attempted to go for it on fourth down in the second quarter.

-Culmer St. Jean made set a new career high with 15 tackles in the game.

-O'Brien Schofield added another tackle for loss to his resume and also forced the second fumble of his career when he sacked Wofford's Mitch Allen late in the first half.

-St. Jean, Antonio Fenelus and David Gilbert recorded their first fumble recoveries of their careers on Saturday. Gilberts recovery in the end zone was also his first career touchdown.

-The Badger defense did not allow Wofford to complete a pass until the third quarter.

Injury report:

-Sophomore J.J. Watt suffered a sprained ankle and sat out the second half of Saturday's game. Bielema expects to have him back for Tuesday's practice.

-Louis Nzegwu did not play Saturday, but is expected back for next week's Big Ten opener against Michigan State.

-Moffitt, Nagy and Bradie Ewing all played on Saturday.

Quotes from Saturday:

-Bielema on how happy he is with direction of recruiting:

"I really like what's happening in our program with recruiting. We've had a number of young men in on official visits and just the comments I'm hearing from people they meet with-the academic people, the administration-just about he type of people we're bringing in and moving forward. I really like that direction."

-Bielema on the fan's admiration of Scott Tolzien:

"I got a chuckle when I was walking out before the game. I heard a couple of students started yelling, 'Tolzien for heisman.' They're probably a little early on that one."

-St. Jean on the way the defense played:

"I think the biggest thing that helped us was just being disciplined and everybody trusting each other. In this type of offense, you're always isolated, one-on-one. So if you know the next man is going to do their job, it's easier for you to use your keys and do your job."

-O'Brien Schofield on playing the triple option as a defensive lineman:

"It was assignment football. It was one of those things where every guy has a responsibility each play and you can't get bored with it. The plays fell to the linebackers today and they did a wonderful job making those plays and wrapping up and making big tackles."

-Kendricks on Tolzien's play through three games:

"Scott has a lot of poise. He does a great job delivering the ball to everybody. I think he's really doing a good job at it."

-Borland on making impact as a true freshman:

"It comes on a little quickly. Even this interview itself, I got 15 cameras in my face. I've never done anything like this. I'm just trying to take it as it comes."

-Phillips on rushing success:

"The only reason that works is just when they're running as hard as they were and the offensive line was pounding people up front. They really have to crash down with their secondary players. Every now and then that gives them a chance to kind of pop out on the back side. We saw it open a couple of times and we went for it. It was fun."

-David Gilbert on his touchdown:

"It's just kind of crazy. You have to do a double-take and wonder, 'Is it a safety or is it a touchdown?' We do that drill every day. I actually turned my ankle doing that drill, so I had to make sure I was doing a perfect technique."

-Tolzien on offense's fumbles at the beginning of the game:

"We don't want to start that way obviously, but that's going to happen sometimes. We faced adversity and I thought we did a great job bouncing back."

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