November 1, 2009

Series by series: UW's offense against Purdue

MADISON - For the first time all season the Wisconsin football team put together a complete four-quarter game. From the first offensive drive to the final kneel down, the Badgers offense performed at an extremely high level during Saturday's 37-0 blowout.

Now, a day after the victory, BadgerBlitz.com takes a look back at every offensive possession.

The following is a series by series recap of Saturday's action.

First quarter:

Drive No. 1: Started on own 20 yard line following kickoff.
Plays: 11
Yards: 80
Result: One-yard John Clay touchdown run. (7-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: To say UW exerted its authority and established the run would be an understatement. It was clear Paul Chryst and Bret Bielema saw something on film that would allow the Badgers to move the ball on the ground. So, 11-straight runs later, UW found the end zone.

Drive No. 2: Started on own three yard line following punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: 5
Result: 39-yard Brad Nortman punt.

Key play: After David Gilreath returned a punt he probably shouldn't have, Scott Tolzien missed a chance get out of the shadow of the end zone on first down. However, the pass went a bit awry and fell incomplete in the direction of Isaac Anderson.

Drive No. 3: Started on own 20 yard line following 41-yard Chris Summers punt.
Plays: 11
Yards: 65
Result: 32-yard Philip Welch field goal. (10-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: UW was facing a second and nine situation from just inside the Purdue 10 yard line, but Ryan Kerrigan backed the Badgers up by sacking Tolzien for a five-yard loss.

Second quarter:

Drive No. 4: Started on own 30 yard line following turnover on downs.
Plays: 4
Yards: 13
Result: 30-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Following a 10-yard Anderson run, Clay was stuffed on the ensuing first down. That set up a second and long that turned into third and long after Tolzien couldn't connect with Toon.

Drive No. 5: Started at Purdue 20 yard line following Devin Smith interception.
Plays: 4
Yards: 20
Result: One-yard Clay touchdown run. (17-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: Following the interception, Tolzien hit Kendricks for 10 yards to get the Badgers to the Purdue 10 yard line. John Clay took care of the rest.

Drive No. 6: Started on own 13 yard line following 50-yard Summers punt.
Plays: 7
Yards: 27
Result: 36-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: The Badgers were moving the ball near the end of the half, but once they got out towards midfield, Kerrigan once again sacked Tolzien. The play derailed the UW drive and forced the punt.

Third quarter:

Drive No. 7: Started on own 42 yard line following 44-yard Summers punt.
Plays: 2
Yards: 58
Result: Clay fumble recovery for touchdown. (31-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: The end around has been a staple of the Badger offense since Chryst has been the coordinator. On the opening play of the second half for UW, Lance Kendricks took the handoff, reached the corner and sprinted for a 54-yard gain to set up the Clay touchdown.

Drive No. 8: Started on own 28 yard line following 39-yard Summers punt.
Plays: 7
Yards: 47
Result: 42-yard Welch field goal. (34-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: Toon went deep to Toon at the left seam and connected with the sophomore wide receiver for a 37-yard gain. The play set a new career high for Toon.

Drive No. 9: Started on own 47 yard line following 32-yard Summers punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: 7
Result: 46-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Tolzien tried to make something out of nothing, but was only able to run for three yards when the Badgers needed six to extend the drive.

Drive No. 10: Started on own 39 yard line following 40-yard Summers punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: -3
Result: 36-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: For the first time in his career, true freshman Kraig Appleton caught a pass. The play went for six yards.

Fourth quarter:

Drive No. 11: Started on Purdue 20 yard line following Chris Borland fumble recovery.
Plays: 8
Yards: 15
Result: 22-yard Welch field goal. (37-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: Again, Phillips found Appleton for nine yards to set up a fourth and short. UW went on to pick up the first down, but the drive stalled shortly thereafter.

Drive No. 12: Started on own 15 yard line following 39-yard Summers punt.
Plays: 6
Yards: 22
Result: Curt Phillips interception.

Key play: Phillips underwent some pressure and therefore saw his pass soar on him a bit. The ball was too high for the receiver to haul in so it floated softly into the hands of Brandon King for the easy pick.

Drive No. 13: Started on own three yard line following turnover on downs.
Plays: 3
Yards: 1
Result: 29-yard Nortman punt.

Drive No. 14: Started on own 39 yard line following Borland fumble recovery.
Plays: 3
Yards: 14
Result: End of game.

Key play: Phillips took the snap and knelt to seal the win.


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