November 7, 2009

Notes and quotes: post Indiana

BLOOMINGTON - One of the more telling stats for the Wisconsin football team this season is the fact that the Badgers rush defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher during the entirety of Big Ten play. Saturday was no different as UW held Indiana to a combined total of 63 rushing yards.

The following are other notes regarding Saturday's game:

-In UW's past seven games, the Badgers have forced 18 turnovers and turned 11 of them into points. In fact, UW has only been forced to punt following a turnover twice during that span.

-With its 488 yards of total offense, the Badgers set a new season high. Wisconsin has reached the 400-yard plateau several times this season, but Saturday's was the first since the win at Minnesota in early November.

-When Scott Tolzien found Isaac Anderson for a first quarter touchdown, it was the junior's 10th touchdown pass of the season.

-John Clay toppled the 100-yard mark in the first half for the second consecutive game. He added 134 more yards to his Big Ten leading rushing resume. Additionally, UW is 6-0 when Clay scores a touchdown on the year.

-Montee Ball logged 27 carries for 117 yards, both career highs. He also had two touchdowns, his first two-score game of his career.

-Wide receiver Nick Toon toppled the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career with his five-catch 123-yard day.

-Senior O'Brien Schofield tacked on two more tackles-for-loss during Saturday's win. He now has 18.5 TFL's and 7.5 sacks on the season.

-Chris Maragos recorded his fourth interception of the season. It was UW's 11th pick of the year, just one less than it had in each of the past two seasons.

-Chris Borland caught his first interception as a Badger. He entered Saturday's game as just one of three players in the country with at least three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also chipped in a career-high nine tackles against the Hoosiers.

Injury report:

-Clay missed the entire second half with a minor concussion.

-Josh Oglesby, who was battling some minor injuries prior to the game, suffered a minor knee injury during the third quarter and did not return to the game.

"I haven't had the doctors give me a final word as to what it was," Bielema said. "He's got a little bit of an issue going on in both legs."

-Kevin Claxton[db] did not make the trip to Bloomington due to the concussion he suffered last week against Purdue. He is expected to be back for next week's game against Michigan.

-As reported on this site, [db]Erik Smith will miss time at running back with a broken hand. He may still contribute on special teams this season.

Quotes from inside the Badger locker room:

-UW head coach Bret Bielema on UW's two dead ball penalties:

"There were a couple of stupid penalties that reared their head. We'll definitely take care of that situation."

-Bielema on his reaction when he heard Iowa had lost:

"Somebody just told me that on the way in. All we're going to do is worry about Michigan. There's two Big Ten games left. We had an opportunity to beat Iowa and Ohio State and we didn't do it. We've taken care of business until then. I know I went to the Rose Bowl as a player with two losses. I know that I've been on teams and there's been team's here at Wisconsin that have been part of Big Ten championships with more than one loss. It should be interesting."

-J.J. Watt on running the ball and stopping the run:

"That's the formula we're using. Our offense just ran the ball all over the field today and it was huge. Our defense, I'm not sure what their rushing totals were, but we forced them to throw the football. They had some success with that, but to stop the run, and for us to run the ball, that's what you've got to do in the Big Ten."

-John Moffitt on Ball's demeanor in the huddle:

"He stayed mentally tough. He was cool, he was calm and he was very collected. I think that's what you need. That's something that's nice that he's learned only as a freshman."

-Scott Tolzien on the Badgers running game:

"That's a quarterback's best friend and you see how it wears on a defense and runs clock. It just puts the ball in our hands and helps us take control of the game."

-Chris Borland on his interception:

"We were in a zone so I had the curl drop. I actually broke the wrong way for a step or two and then I was able to get back to the ball. I saw it was fluttering. I didn't know if it got hit or what happened. But I saw that it was a floater so I just went after it."

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