After the University of Wisconsin’s win in week 1 over UNLV, Badger coaches were looking towards the offense to clean up their mistakes, mainly the turnovers and the inability get six in the redzone. After today’s contest at Camp Randall, they are probably even more frustrated then when they left Sin City.
The final score read Wisconsin 27, San Jose State 14 but more than likely should have looked something like 41-7. Two weeks in a row the Badgers have had costly turnovers and fundamental mistakes hamper them from blowing a game open. The first miscue came with the Badgers set to take a 14-0 lead when Freshman James White fumbled the ball into the Spartans end zone for a touchback. Fast forward to midway through the second quarter when Scott Tolzien coughed up the football on fourth and one for the Badgers leading to a turnover on downs.
The defense dominated San Jose State in the first half leading to a 17-0 margin at the break. The same was not said for the second half as the Badgers gave up several long plays that should have never happened. With time running down in the 3rd quarter, Spartan receiver Chandler Jones took a swing pass from Quarterback Jordan La Secla and made the Badgers look foolish. Five missed tackles later, the score was 20-7, Wisconsin.
I was extremely impressed with the Badgers drive after the Spartans got on the board. Scott Tolzien completed all four of his passes, three resulting in first downs on the 10-play, 77 yard drive, burning over four and a half minutes off the clock. The Spartans responded with a touchdown drive of their own but by then it was too late.
I was very impressed and happy to see the coaching staff primarily go to John Clay in the second half. Clay is getting into game shape as they go along and finished the game with 137 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Tolzien is starting to be a bit of a concern. The Badgers were without standout receiver Nick Toon due to turf toe but Tolzien repeatedly missed open targets. On back to back plays in the first quarter, Tolzien left Tight End Lance Kendricks out to dry on a second and four play in which he also had Jacob Pedersen wide open over the middle. On the following play he badly missed Pederson who again didn’t have a defender in sight.
The Badgers better clean up these reoccurring mistakes or they will be in for a rude awakening when Arizona State pays a visit to Camp Randall.
*Linebacker Mike Taylor was back on the field for the first time since tearing his ACL last year while Chris Borland was held out as a precaution to an aggravated shoulder injury he suffered against UNLV.
*The Badgers fumbled three times in the redzone, twice proving costly.
*The Badgers were impressive on third-down conversions, going 8-13 in the game.
*As previously mentioned, Wisconsin was without Nick Toon. Redshirt freshman Jared Abbrederis filled in nicely with 5 grabs for 58 yards.
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Written by Chad Seely
Hey sports fans! Welcome to my Wisconsin Badgers football blog. For any Badger scores, news or questions you may have, come check out this blog! For those who don't know me, I'm a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I graduated in May 2009 with a Broadcast Journalism degree and returned in Fall 2009 to get a Minor in Multimedia which I completed in May 2010. In the summer, you can catch me on AM1230 WSBB, splitting time as the play-by-play announcer and color commentator for the Daytona Cubs, the Advanced-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.