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Posted By Chad Seely On Nov 15 2010 @ 1:18 pm In Wisconsin | No Comments
For all the numbers and stats the Wisconsin Badgers (9-1, 5-1) put up in their 83-20 thrashing of the Indiana Hoosiers (4-6, 0-6) on Saturday, the most important number left for the badgers is two. Two Big Ten Conference games remain for Bucky in their quest for a trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Badgers racked up 598 yards of total offense in their record-setting victory against a helpless Indiana team. Nearly perfect on offense, the Badgers scored on every offensive possession and added a defensive touchdown for the second straight week.
The Hoosiers looked like they were bringing the fight early when they tied the contest at 10-10 with a 48-yard field goal by Mitch Ewald early in the second quarter. From there, the Badgers opened the floodgates and the Hoosiers got washed away. Big Red scored 42 unanswered points before Indiana got another field goal from Ewald midway through the third quarter.
Montee Ball and James White picked up for an injured John Clay and both rushed for over 140 yards on a rainy Saturday at Camp Randall. The Badgers defense continued to forced turnovers as they came away with three from the Hoosiers. Most importantly they were able to escape the game relatively injury-free besides a minor injury to left tackle Gabe Carimi who left the game. Coach Bret Bielema said it was more of a precautionary move with Carimi to not risk further injury.
One glaring area was the Badgers run defense. The Hoosiers came into the game averaging under 100 yards per game on the ground and were able to rack up 167 on the Badgers on nearly five yards per carry. This is something the coaches will need to look at during the week as they face a similar type of attack with the spread offense against Michigan. Quarterback Denard Robinson uses his legs just as much as his arm for the Wolverines.
When the Badgers travel to Ann Arbor on Saturday for a showdown with the dangerous Wolverines, 2008 will be on the mind of many. The Badgers suffered a terrible loss after they had a comfortable lead midway through the third quarter. The letdown was the start of a four-game losing streak that ultimately ruined the Badgers season. Sure, they beat Michigan last year at Camp Randall handily, but the loss two years ago in the Big House will serve as a tool for preparation this week for Bucky.
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