Greetings, devoted readers, and welcome to the final home game of the Wisconsin Badgers 2011 season. As before, I’ll be posting new comments throughout the game, so keep refreshing your browser–the newest comments will be at the top. Enjoy!
WILL THAT DO IT?
This one was over long ago, but I’m going to beat the rush to the exits by heading down to field level now. Check out my postgame report tonight on our late newscast.
Wisconsin’s made its point. The game is well in hand. Russell Wilson and Montee Ball have put up big-time numbers. When will Bret Bielema put his 2nd-string in? Early 4th quarter? That would be my recommendation…let them have their respective ovations, and save them for the Big Ten Championship Game.
START THE BUS
Remember what I just wrote about PSU not giving up? It sure looked like they did on that 18-yard TD run by Montee Ball, who now has 4 TD’s in the game, and a remarkable 34 for the season.
NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL THE BADGERS SAY IT IS
Penn State looks like it’ll compete until the final whistle, but with the Nittany Lions ranked 89th in total offense, Wisconsin has things well in hand, up 35-7. PSU could have made things respectable with a scoring drive to start the 2nd half, but a Silas Redd fumble put an end to any hopes of a comeback.
SEND THEM BOTH OR CUT THE TROPHY IN HALF
Granted, I’m biased, but Russell Wilson and Montee Ball should both get an invite to the Downtown Athletic Club in NYC. Wilson’s elusiveness was on display on the three biggest plays of Wisconsin’s most recent scoring drive: eluding a blitzing Gerald Hodges to deliver a pass to Bradie Ewing for an 11-yard gain, and then leaving defenders in his wake on scrambles of 20 & 19 yards. Ball capped things off with his 32nd TD–a stat alone that should put him in the Heisman conversation.
Ethan Armstrong has a hip injury, and to no one’s surprise, will not return to the game.
TALK TO THE HAND
On Montee Ball’s 14 yard run around right and, Ball deposited Nick Sukay to the turf with a textbook stiff-arm.
NITTANY LION OUT, WILDCAT IN
After McGloin took a bad situation (block in the back penalty) and made it worse (spiking the ball and drawing another penalty), PSU brought in Bill Belton to run for 6 yards out of the Wildcat formation. Last week at Ohio State, Penn State gained 91 yards on 4 carries out of the Wildcat in the 1st half.
NOT THE WAY TO LEAVE THE FIELD
They brought the cart out for Wisconsin’s Ethan Armstrong, but instead, he’ll leave the field in an ambulance.
If the UW O-line can keep giving Wilson time, the QB should put up huge numbers today, since PSU’s d-backs are playing well off in coverage. On that TD drive, Abbrederis had plenty of room on the two 12-yard slant passes that gained 1st downs.
31 FOR 28
Wisconsin’s Montee Ball gets 31st TD of the season, on a short run over left tackle.
CHANNELING HIS INNER TAYLOR MARTINEZ
After looking sharp on the previous PSU drive, McGloin badly underthrows receiver Derek Moye, and UW’s Shelton Johnson picks off his 3rd pass of the season, setting the Badgers up at midfield.
RIGHT BACK AT YOU
The Badgers answer with a 10-play, 76-yard drive, culminating in a 21-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Jared Abbrederis. For Wilson, it’s his 36th consecutive game with a TD pass, which ties an NCAA record. It’s also Abbrederis’ 6th TD reception of the season.
THE EFFECT OF SENIOR DAY?
Senior Aaron Henry gets sucked in by a Matt McGloin play fake, and the result is a 44-yard TD toss to Curtis Drake. For the record, that’s Drake’s first reception of the season.
WHY ARE THEY BOOING ETHAN HEMER & MARQUIS MASON?
Wisconsin senior wide receiver Nick Toon is wearing #87 today, in honor of his father, Al, who wore that number during his UW career. That makes three 87′s on the UW roster today: Toon, sophomore defensive tackle Ethan Hemer, as well as redshirt freshman Marquis Mason.
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This post was written by bbradovich on November 26, 2011