September 6, 2010

Series by series: UW's defense against UNLV

Plenty of questions were answered Saturday night on the defensive side of the ball, at least in regards to the way the defense is able to play with the bullets flying. Understanding UNLV is by no means where they want to be, it was still an impressive defensive performance for the Badger defensive unit, particularly the defensive line.

Now, as the team prepares for it's home opener, BadgerBlitz.com takes a minute to recap every defensive possession. The following is series by series recap.

FIRST QUARTER:

Series No. 1: Started on UNLV 18 yard line following kickoff. (7-0 UW)
Plays: 3
Yards: -9
Result: 37-yard Brendon Lamers punt.

Key play: Facing third and eight, Chris Borland erupted into the backfield and dropped Rebels quarterback Mike Clausen for a loss of six yards.

Series No. 2: Started on UNLV 40 yard line following kickoff. (14-0 UW)
Plays: 5
Yards: 7
Result: 38-yard Lamers punt.

Key play: Like Borland on the first possession, linebacker Kevin Rouse came free on a blitz and wrapped up Clausen for a 10-yard sack.

Series No. 3: Started on UNLV 20 yard line following kickoff (17-7 UW)
Plays: 3
Yards: 6
Result: 36-yard Lamers punt.

Key play: Clausen tried connecting with one of his receivers on third down, but since he was under heavy pressure, the throw went awry and fell innocently to the ground.

Series No. 4: Started on UNLV 20 yard line following 53-yard Brad Nortman punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: 1
Result: 29-yard Lamers punt.

Key play: Watt pressured Clausen on second and nine and forced an early throw that went incomplete.

Series No. 5: Started on UW 16 yard line following fumble recovery.
Plays: 1
Yards: 16
Result: 16-yard Phillip Payne touchdown reception. (17-14 UW)

Key play: On the only play of the drive, it looked as though Jay Valai was a step slow in his drop and Payne, who had inside leverage, was able to catch an easy touchdown pass between Valai and Devin Smith.

THIRD QUARTER:

Series No. 6: Started on UNLV 20 yard line following kickoff.
Plays: 3
Yards: 0
Result: Aaron Henry fumble recovery for touchdown. (24-14 UW)

Key play: Watt tracked down the running back on a sweep and punched the ball out of his hands. Henry, right on the spot, was able to scoop the ball up and sprint to the end zone for the score.

Series No. 7: Started on UNLV 19 yard line following kickoff. (27-14 UW)
Plays: 3
Yards: 0
Result: 39-yard Lamers punt.

Key play: With a new quarterback in Omar Clayton, things still didn't go well for the Rebels. This time, three straight incomplete passes was in the cards.

Series No. 8: Started on UNLV 25 yard line following kickoff. (34-14 UW)
Plays: 4
Yards: 19
Result: 36-yard Lamers punt.

Key play: Much like his first drive, Clayton struggled to get anything going through the air. He failed to complete a pass on his second drive as well.

Series No. 9: Started on UNLV 20 yard line following kickoff. (41-14 UW)
Plays: 8
Yards: 80
Result: Nine-yard Irshad Stolden touchdown reception. (41-21 UW)

Key play: For the first time all game, the Rebels were able to put together a solid offensive drive. To cap it off, Clayton found Stolden on a slant route for a touchdown from nine yards out.

FOURTH QUARTER:

Series No. 10: Started on UNLV 24 yard line following 36-yard Nortman punt.
Plays: 8
Yards: 46
Result: Missed 48-yard field goal by Nolan Kohorst

Key play: Facing a third and 12, Nzegwu was able to bat down Clayton's pass at the line of scrimmage, forcing the Rebels to attempt a lengthy field goal.

Series No. 11: Started on UNLV 40 yard line following 27-yard Nortman punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: 6
Result: 29-yard Lamers punt.

Key play: Watt, like he's shown the capability to do, batted down a Clayton pass on second and two.

Series No. 12: Started on UNLV 24 yard line following 40-yard Nortman punt.
Plays: 7
Yards: 40
Result: END OF GAME

Key play: Watt batted down yet another ball on the penultimate play of the game.


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