October 17, 2009

Notes and quotes: post Iowa

MADISON - For Iowa, Saturday's win over Wisconsin set them back exactly 24 years.

In a good way.

With the victory, the Hawkeyes (7-0) are off to their best start since 1985. Unfortunately for over 80,000-plus homecoming revelers, it came at the expense of the Badgers inside Camp Randall Stadium.

The following are notes and quotes from UW's loss to Iowa:

UW notes:

-In total, the Badger defense recorded 13 tackles-for-loss as a team. But, even though those drops put UW in favorable positions throughout the game, Iowa still converted on 6-of-15 third down conversions.

"They're going to keep doing what they're doing," UW senior Chris Maragos said. "They just execute. If you're not there for a half a step, they take advantage of it and that's what they did."

-Saturday's loss was the first time the Badgers lost during an 11 a.m. home kickoff under head coach Bret Bielema. Now, UW has a record of 15-1 record in such contests.

-With the loss, UW now trails the all-time series with Iowa by one, 42-41-2.

-O'Brien Schofield's fumble recovery was the 17th turnover the Badgers forced this season. Last year, UW only had 22 for the entire year.

-On the season, UW has now held four of its seven opponents to fewer than 300 yards of total offense. On the day, Iowa had 283 total yards. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they were only able to account for 230 yards of total offense, including a putrid -2 yard rushing performance in the second half.

-Freshman Montee Ball scored his first collegiate touchdown with his 10-yard run in the first quarter. The score gave UW a 10-0 lead and was the last time UW would add any points to the board during the game. Ball finished with five-carries for 21 yards.

-Schofield added two more tackles-for-loss to his resume. He now has 16.5 TFL's on the season, good for the 14th-best single-season total in school history.

-Freshman Chris Borland, who was battling several injuries during Saturday's game, recorded his third career sack and forced his second career fumble. He also led the team with 10 tackles.

-J.J. Watt finished the game with a career-high eight tackles, including a career-best four tackles for loss.

Injury report:

-Sophomore running back John Clay injured his leg during the second quarter of play, but did return to the game.

-Freshman linebacker Mike Taylor left the game with a right knee injury. He did not return to action. At this time, UW officials are calling the injury a knee sprain after X-Ray's showed no bone damage. However, with an MRI, that diagnosis could change.

Quotable:

-Bielema on the quarterback situation:

"I'm not going to open it up for a quarterback controversy, but Scott Tolzien has got to continue to grow and move forward. My guess is he'll do that. Just based off of what I've learned over him. Scott became our starter based on the way he handled his daily business. He hasn't played at his optimal level in the second half of the past two games. We'll correct him and move forward.

"I tell you what, Curt Phillips has made nice growth and nice development. Would have, could have, should have, I thought that play was going to break out the door, the play that we got the guy that dragged him down from behind… Every indicator is he's a guy that can win football games and we'll go with our best option."

-Watt on his offside penalty in the fourth quarter:

"I saw the center's head move which had been a key for me all week. It was wrong on that play and I jumped offsides. It's a play that I need to make. Our theory is that you make a mistake and you need to come back and make up for it. That TFL a couple of plays later was my make up for it, but I can't be offside. That's a play on me that I can't have."

-Ball on his thoughts when John Clay went down:

"As soon as that happened, I was pretty shocked. That's usually what happens. The guy in front of you goes down and that's how you get your chance. But, good thing that he's not hurt."

-Philip Welch on his missed 38-yard field goal:

"It's disappointing because I like to be known as a kicker that makes it when they're important. It's just more motivation to get better."

-Nick Toon on letting something slip away each of the past two weeks:

"Obviously, like you said, we're disappointed the last two weeks. But the last two weeks is the last two weeks. We've just got to move forward and just finish off the rest of the season."

-Chris Maragos on the kind of team Iowa is:

"They're not flashy. We know what they're going to do. They continued to do it in the second half. You can't beat good teams if you have mistakes. You have to have minimal mistakes against good teams. Especially a team like that because they run the same stuff, they run the same stuff and they try to out-execute you. That's what they did. They've got a heck of a team and they out-executed us in the second half."

-O'Brien Schofield on being a leader after two weeks:

"Personally, I'm going to do a lot more talking to the team and be a lot more vocal because some things that happened out there happens in practice and we have to repeat it. We're at the point right now where we can't make dumb mistakes. We can't allow and can't accept defeat.

"If you get beat on one play, come back the next play stronger. Don't accept that. I don't want that for this team. We've been working really hard and we've done great to this point. We've got to keep grinding."

-Scott Tolzien on his first interceptions:

"That's number one on the progression. You can't force it in there. I believe that was on second down, too. We still have downs to play with. You've just got to be smarter than that.

-Tolzien on his second interception:

"That was second down again. We still have third down to play with and even fourth down in that situation, too. You know, at that point in the game, you've got to take shots. That was still stupid. You can't force it in there. You've got to take the check down and keep chipping away."

-John Clay on his thoughts when he was rolled up:

"I just got bent up backwards. I kind of rolled my ankle a little bit. I thought I damaged it more than I did. When I got up, I felt like I could jog on it so I did. So, I was good to go for the rest of the game.

-Clay on whether he was scared when it happened:

"Yeah, I was. I couldn't feel anything at first. It was a tingling, numbness feeling, but after I got up and ran on it all the feeling came back to it."


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