Sunday, September 23, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: UTEP (JSOnline.com)


WHAT WENT RIGHT

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - It wasn’t always pretty, but lets give credit to offensive coordinator Matt Canada who put together the most fluid gameplan of the season thus far. Despite losing Montee Ball in the second quarter, it actually looked like “Wisconsin Badgers” football. I thought they did some great things with James White and Melvin Gordon and the passing game finally showed some life (thanks to the return of Jared Abbrederis).

Benjamin Worgull, Badger Nation - The offense finally moved the ball in a forward direction, which really shouldn’t be that big of a surprise considering the opponent. UTEP was 106th in the country in rush defense, so it was good to see the Badgers put up 213 yards on the ground (doing most of it without Montee Ball). The amount of pressure the defense is putting on opposing quarterbacks gets better each week, as Wisconsin registering nine tackles for loss, eight pass breakups and four sacks is an encouraging sign moving into conference play.

Rex Sheild, Daily Cardinal - The offense was finally able to establish a legitimate running attack with the dangerous trio of Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon but, as Benjamin pointed out, that should come as no surprise as UTEP gave up 5.5 yards per carry and 216 yards on the ground coming in. The return of Abbrederis obviously provided a much-needed deep threat that was lacking in his absence, registering six catches for 147 yards and a touchdown, and allowed QB Joel Stave to take some chances downfield. The defense continues to look strong by getting pressure on the quarterback, which will be vital going forward.

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