November 9, 2008

Series by series: UW offense against Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Wisconsin offense racked up over 600 yards of total offense Saturday against Indiana. It was UW's best offensive outburst since 2003 when they did it at home against Michigan State. The Badgers 441 rushing yards also tied a Memorial Stadium record in the 55-20 win.

The following is a look back at every UW offensive series against the Hoosiers:

First quarter:

Drive No. 1: Started on own 20 yard line following opening kickoff.
Plays: 11
Yards: 80
Result: 3-yard P.J. Hill rushing touchdown. (7-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: The Badgers faced an early fourth and seven situation inside the Hoosier 30 yard line. On the play, Dustin Sherer quickly found a wide-open Zach Brown in the seam for 16 yards and an easy UW first down.

Drive No. 2: Started on own 19 yard line following kickoff. (7-3 Wisconsin)
Plays: 9
Yards: 81
Result: 1-yard Hill rushing touchdown. (14-3 Wisconsin)

Key play: In what was a sure sign of things to come, David Gilreath took the end-around from Sherer and broke it for 21-yards down the sideline. Four plays later, Hill pounded the ball in for the touchdown.

Second quarter:

Drive No. 3: Started on own 20 yard line following kickoff (14-13 Wisconsin; following Mario Goins fumble on kickoff)
Plays: 2
Yards: 1
Result: Sherer interception

Key play: On second and nine from his own 21 yard line, Sherer dropped back, forced a pass into coverage and watched Donell Jones intercept the pass. Indiana took over in prime position at the UW 39 yard line, but was unable to score.

Drive No. 4: Started on own 36 yard line following turnover on downs.
Plays: 11
Yards: 64
Result: 8-yard Gilreath rushing touchdown. (21-13 Wisconsin)

Key play: UW faced third and seven on the fringe of field goal range when Paul Chryst called a draw play. Brown took the handoff from Sherer, wiggled out of an early tackle and pushed forward for six yards. The play set up fourth and one, which UW converted. Four plays later, Gilreath scored.

Drive No. 5: Started on own 26 yard line following kickoff. (21-20 Wisconsin)
Plays: 3
Yards: 5
Result: 52-yard Brad Nortman punt.

Drive No. 6: Started on own 49 yard line following Ben Chappell fumble:
Plays: 7
Yards: 49
Result: 19-yard Philip Welch field goal (24-20 Wisconsin)

Key play: With time running down in the half, Sherer escaped the pocket and picked up the first down and got out-of-bounds. However, because the play developed so slowly, UW did not have enough time to go for the touchdown and had to settle for the field goal.

Third quarter:

Drive No. 7: Started at own 10 yard line following punt
Plays: 1
Yards: 90
Result: 90-yard Gilreath rushing touchdown. (31-20 Wisconsin)

Key play: On the only play of the drive, Gilreath took the end-around, found an opening, juked the lone safety and sprinted for the 90-yard score.

Drive No. 8: Started at midfield following punt.
Plays: 4
Yards: 4
Result: 46-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: UW had a somewhat manageable third and 12 situation, but an avoidable delay of game penalty pushed them back five yards. The Badgers were unable to convert and had to punt.

Drive No. 9: Started at Indiana 16 yard line following turnover on downs.
Plays: 4
Yards: -6
Result: 39-yard Welch field goal. (34-20 Wisconsin)

Key play: On third and nine, IU's Jamie Kirlew got off his block and sacked Sherer to force UW to settle for three points.

Drive No. 10: Started on own 17 yard line following punt.
Plays: 11
Yards: 83
Result: 1-yard John Clay rushing touchdown. (41-20 Wisconsin)

Key play: Clay broke runs of 20 and 18 yards and Gilreath added a 19 yard rush of his own. UW dominated the line of scrimmage the entire drive.

Fourth quarter:

Drive No. 11: Started on own 30 yard line following punt.
Plays:: 6
Yards: 70
Result: 19-yard Hill rushing touchdown. (48-20 Wisconsin)

Key play: Early in the drive, Sherer found Garrett Graham for 24 yards. That play gave the drive momentum and Hill capped it off four plays later for the score.

Drive No. 12: Started on own 31 yard line following punt.
Plays: 2
Yards: 2
Result: Clay fumble recovered by Indiana.

Key play: Clay took the handoff, rushed for three yards and promptly fumbled the ball.

Drive No. 13: Started on own 33 yard line following punt.
Plays: 11
Yards: 67
Result: 2-yard Scott Tolzien rushing touchdown. (55-20 Wisconsin)

Key play: After pounding the ball the majority of the drive, Chryst called a naked bootleg and Tolzien walked into the endzone from two yards out.

Drive No. 14: Started on own 25 yard line following turnover on downs
Plays: 1
Yards: -2
Result: End of game

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