Wisconsin plays beautiful defense and still falls short to Ohio State

The Wisconsin Badgers held Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to his worst game of the season, but it wasn’t quite enough with the Buckeyes prevailing 21-14 in overtime at Camp Randall.

It was the first time the Badgers (7-4, 4-3) have played in multiple overtime games since the 2000 season and their second straight loss at home.

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Wisconsin stomps into a Big Ten Championshp birth with 62-14 win over Indiana

The rest of the Leaders Division will have to wait another year because the Wisconsin Badgers will be the Leaders’ representative in the Big Ten Championship for the second straight year after a 62-14 win against Indiana at Memorial Stadium.

Last season was the inaugural year for the Championship in Indianapolis, so make it 2-for-2 for the Badgers (7-3, 4-2).

It’s gotten to the point where the Hoosiers (4-6, 2-3) dread playing the Badgers as they’ve been outscored 204-41 in their last three games against Wisconsin. Not only that, but the Badgers racked up a school-record 566 rushing yards in the win.

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Taking a look at the Wisconsin Badgers past opponents this season

 

In order to determine where you’re at, sometimes you have to examine where you’ve been. It’s no different for the 2012 Wisconsin Badgers football team.

With the Badgers on a bye this past weekend, it’s only appropriate to check in with all the opponents they have played so far this season. [Read more…]

Michigan State ends the Wisconsin Badgers’ 21-game home winning streak

With a thrilling 16-13 overtime win against Wisconsin, the Michigan State Spartans have proven that the Badgers can indeed be defeated at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin came into the game with the second longest active home-winning streak in the nation at 21 games, their last loss at home coming on October 17th of 2009.

The Badgers defense had quite possibly their best game of the season, but in the end they were on the field just way too much as the Spartans’ quarterback Andrew Maxwell led his team on a pair of late touchdown drives.

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Badgers show off nation’s best running back tandem in win over Minnesota

Wisconsin Badgers running backs James White and Montee Ball are running away as the nation’s top running back tandem.

The duo combined to rush for 341 yards on 39 carries (8.74 average) and all five of Wisconsin’s (6-2, 3-1) touchdowns in a 38-13 win over Minnesota.

White not only dominated the normal running game, he debuted at quarterback in the Badgers wildcat formation known as the “Barge” package. Following the game, head coach Bret Bielema emphasized how “fun and exciting,” this year’s team is.

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Wisconsin’s Montee Ball leads an offensive renaissance in demolition of Purdue

It only took seven games, but the Wisconsin Badgers finally returned to the offensive dominance they displayed over the past couple of years. The running game was unstoppable with 467 yards on 57 carries in a 38-14 win at Purdue.

Montee Ball looked like the player everyone thought he was coming into the season while racking up a career high 247 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns.

Ball is now the owner of the Big Ten’s all-time rushing touchdown record with 72, surpassing the great Ron Dayne. [Read more…]

Wisconsin Badgers go all defensive in a 31-14 win over the Fighting Illini

Madison, Wisconsin was the setting for a prototypical Big Ten match-up on Saturday as the Wisconsin Badgers defensively outlasted the Illinois Fighting Illini by the score of 31-14.

A cold and balmy day set the stage for a game that was rather ugly with both teams combining to go 7-of-26 on third downs and each committing two turnovers.

But it was the Badgers (4-2, 1-1) who survive to see another day in what has become a very confusing race in the Big Ten’s Leaders Division.

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Wisconsin Badgers make progress in triumph over UTEP

Jared Abbrederis caught six passes for 147 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wisconsin Badgers over the UTEP Miners by the score of 37-26.

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Badgers’ (3-1) offense looked a lot better than they did in their previous three games. They racked up a season-high 423 yards of total offense and produced 213 rushing yards despite losing running back Montee Ball in the second quarter.

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Don’t panic yet, the Wisconsin Badgers hold off Utah State

It took a surprising punt return, switch at quarterback and a wide-right missed field goal for the Wisconsin Badgers to hold off the Utah State Aggies by the score of 16-14.

Punt returner Kenzel Doe was the hero of the night as his 82-yard punt return for a touchdown changed the momentum and ultimately led to the Badgers (2-1) victory over the Aggies (2-1) in front of 79,332 people under the lights at Camp Randall.

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Wisconsin Badgers underwhelm in win over Panthers (Rapid Reaction)

The Wisconsin Badgers season opener against the Northern Iowa Panthers didn’t go quite as planned, but they did pull out the 26-21 win. All things considered, the Panthers (0-1) had a legitimate shot to take the lead late in the fourth quarter until the Badgers (1-0) defense buckled down and saved the game.

Last season, former quarterback Russell Wilson and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst had the Badgers scoring in less than sixty seconds, but it appears new OC Matt Canada and the Badgers will return to a more traditional and conservative approach in 2012.

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#8 Michigan State easily handle the #17 Wisconsin Badgers (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

The game started out with the characteristic exchange of runs for the #8 Michigan State Spartans and #17 Wisconsin Badgers, but it wasn’t long before the Spartans jumped out to a commanding lead and an impressive 69-55 win.

The Spartans (21-5, 10-3) excelled in every facet of the game and surely looked like they could be primed for another Final Four run under Tom Izzo.

Meanwhile, the Badgers (19-7, 8-5) appear to lack a realistic identity on the offensive end and were surprisingly exposed defensively at the Breslin Center.

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Ohio State proves to be too strong for Wisconsin with 58-52 win (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes keep control of their first-place standing in the Big Ten with a 58-52 win over the #20 Wisconsin Badgers. Preseason All-American Jared Sullinger was particularly strong with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Buckeyes first win at the Kohl Center since 2000.

Wisconsin has become the poster-child for being outplayed, yet having the ability to somehow still be in the game. Today’s game was a perfect example while being out-rebounded (30-25), out-shot (43.1% to 40.0%) and out-hustled, but were still within a single point in the last couple of minutes. [Read more…]