October 5, 2008

Series by series: UW defense against OSU

MADISON, Wis. - One of the biggest questions entering their match up against the Buckeyes was how UW would be able to slow Terrelle Pryor and Chris Wells. For the most part, the Badgers did a stand up job of limiting Pryor, but once again Wells had a field day against UW defenders.

The following is a series by series look at the Badger defensive series:

First quarter:

Defensive series No. 1: Started on Ohio State 30 yard line following opening kickoff.
Plays: 6
Yards given up: 71
Result: 33 yard Wells touchdown run (7-0 Ohio State)

Worst play: There was no doubt Ohio State was hoping to get Wells going in the early stages of the game. He touched the ball on four of the six plays and eventually scored from 33 yards out. UW safety Shane Carter got to Wells at approximately the 10-yard line, but Carter went high and Wells drug him into the end zone.

Defensive series No. 2: Started on Ohio State 31 yard line following Nortman punt.
Plays: 4
Yards given up: 24
Result: Allen Langford interception.

Best play: Pryor dropped back and saw Brandon Saine in single coverage along the sideline. Pryor's pass hung up in the air a little bit and Langford made a great play on the ball and stole it from Saine for the Badger interception.

Defensive series No. 3: Started on Ohio State 45 yard line following Nortman punt.
Plays: 6
Yards given up: -4
Result: 30 yard A.J. Trapasso punt.

Best play: Two consecutive plays defined this series and set the tone for the rest of the first half. On second and five from UW's 39-yard line, Jonathan Casillas got into the backfield and slowed down Pryor who was looking to run. Finally, some Badger teammates came to the rescue and sacked him for a four-yard loss.

Then on the ensuing play, DeAndre Levy blitzed and got a hold of Pryor and brought him back 16 yards for the big sack on third down.

Second quarter:

Defensive series No. 3: Started on Ohio State 49 yard line following fumble recovery.
Plays: 3
Yards given up: 0
Result: 42 yard Trapasso punt

Best play: On third and six, the Badger defense once again got to Pryor in the backfield. This time, O'Brien Schofield recorded the sack, forcing OSU to a three and out.

Defensive series No. 4: Started on Ohio State 41 following UW kickoff (7-7 tie)
Plays: 2
Yards given up:27
Result: Fumble recovered by Jaevery McFadden.

Best play: After catching Pryor's pass in the seam, Dane Sanzenbacher ran downfield where he was formally introduced to Jay Valai. Valai laid a huge hit on the OSU receiver and forced a fumble that was recovered by McFadden.

Defensive series No. 5: Started on Ohio State 29 yard line following Nortman punt.
Yards given up: 4
Result: 67 yard Trapasso punt.

Best play: On second and ten, Schofield got into the backfield and forced Pryor into hurrying his throw. The play ended with an incomplete pass that kept the clock stopped. Ohio State was forced to punt two plays later.

Third quarter:

Defensive series No. 6: Started on Ohio State 20 yard line.
Plays: 10
Yards given up: 77
Result: 21 yard Ryan Pretorius field goal. (10-10 tie)

Best play: As Ohio State was threatening inside the Badger 10 yard line, the UW defense locked down. On third and goal from the three-yard line, Pryor rolled out and lobbed a pass in the direction of Brian Hartline. However, the ball hung in the air a little too long and Langford got over there and forced the incomplete pass.

Worst play: Much like the opening drive of the game, Chris Wells started the half with a bang. On the first play of the second half, Wells found a seam and broke a 54-yard run up the Ohio State sideline.

Defensive series No. 7: Started on Ohio State 11 yard line following Norman punt.
Plays: 3
Yards given up: 5
Result: 56 yard Trapasso punt.

Best play: The momentum seemed to be swinging in UW's favor when Niles Brinkley stuck Wells well short of the first down on a swing pass that forced an Ohio State punt.

Fourth quarter:

Defensive series No. 8: Started on Ohio State 41 following Nortman punt.
Plays: 10
Yards given up: 43
Result: 34 yard Pretorius field goal. (13-10 Ohio State)

Best play: On third and eight from the Badger 14 yard line, Matt Shaughnessy sacked Pryor to hold the Buckeyes to a field goal.

Worst play: With his team on the edge of field goal territory, Pryor completed a pass to Brandon Smith for a nine yard catch and a first down on third and three. It looked as though UW had forced Pryor into overthrowing his receiver, but the ball was caught over the middle for a huge conversion.

Defensive series No. 9: Started on Ohio State 20 yard line.
Plays: 12
Yards given up: 80
Result: 11-yard Pryor touchdown run.

Worst play: With the crowd excitement and momentum on their side, UW force Ohio State into a third and six early in the drive. On that play, it looked as thought the Badgers had gotten into the backfield and were pressuring Pryor, but he floated a pass down the middle of the field that was caught for a 19-yard gain and a first down by Brian Hartline.

Two plays later, on second and 25, Pryor found Hartline again wide open across the middle for a 27-yard gain. Hartline would fumble on the same play, but the loose ball rolled directly to the only Buckeye in the area.

Defensive series No. 10: Started on Wisconsin 27 yard line following interception.
Plays: 2
Yards: -5
Result: End of game

Worst play: Ohio State took two kneels to run the clock out and steal a win in Madison.

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