September 14, 2009

Series by series: UW's offense against FSU

MADISON, Wis. - It took a bit for the Wisconsin offense to get rolling in Saturday's contest with Fresno State, but when it did, the offense was able to rack up 413 yards of total offense in UW's 34-31 double overtime win over Fresno State.

Now, takes a look back at every offensive series from Saturday's game. The following is a series-by-series recap of UW's offensive possessions.

First Quarter:

Drive No. 1: Started on own nine yard line following 59-yard Robert Malone punt.
Plays: 5
Yards: 26
Result: 58-yard Brad Nortman punt.

Key play: Fresno State may have set the tone on the Badgers first play of the game in regards to the rushing attack. Scott Tolzien took the snap and handed it off to Zach Brown. But, Brown really had no chance to do much with the carry as he was met and dropped by Chris Lewis for a one-yard loss.

Drive No. 2: Started on own 34 yard line following kickoff. (7-0 Fresno State)
Plays: 3
Yards: -7
Result: 51-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Coming out for the first play of the drive, UW could not get a play in on time and suffered a delay of game penalty that backed them up five-yards. Coming out of a kickoff on a change of possession, there should never be a delay of game penalty, but it was just one of those starts for the Badger offense.

Drive No. 3: Started on Fresno State 49 yard line following 36-yard Malone punt.
Plays: 6
Yards: 19 yards
Result: Missed 47-yard Philip Welch field goal.

Key play: Faced with a third and nine, wide receiver Nick Toon was whistled for a false start. The penalty backed the Badgers up five yards and eventually made the difference in five yards for Welch's field goal. Without the penalty, and had the Badgers gained five yards like they did on the ensuing play, Welch would have had a 42-yard field goal rather than the 47-yarder he missed.

Second Quarter:

Drive No. 4: Started on own 44 yard line following kickoff. (14-0 Fresno State)
Plays: 8
Yards: 56
Result: 11-yard Brown rushing touchdown. (14-7 Fresno State)

Key play: Taking the snap from the Bulldogs 28 yard line, Tolzien dropped back and found David Gilreath open for a 17-yard gain. The big play gave UW an important first down and set up the Brown touchdown scamper.

Drive No. 5: Started on own 46 yard line following kickoff. (21-7 Fresno State)
Plays: 5
Yards: 54
Result: Eight yard Gilreath touchdown run. (21-14 Fresno State)

Key play: Gilreath scored the touchdown on the end around, but it was Tolziens' 26-yard completion to Garrett Graham on first and ten from the Fresno State 35 yard line set up the touchdown run.

Drive No. 6: Started on own eight yard line following 46-yard Malone punt.
Plays: 7
Yards: 52
Result: 57-yard Welch field goal. (21-17 Fresno State)

Key play: The Badgers were backed up in their own red zone and started the drive out with three straight runs and no urgency. However, on second and seven, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst called for a play-action pass that was good for a 44-yard gain to Isaac Anderson. The play gave Welch a chance for the long field goal that he converted right before the end of the half.

Third Quarter:

Drive No. 7: Started at own 23 yard line following second half kickoff.
Plays: 9
Yards: 40
Result: 37-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Just outside of field goal range, UW tried a screen pass to Brown on third and 10. However, Fresno's A.J. Jefferson and Logan Harrell brought him down immediately for no gain, forcing the Badger punt.

Drive No. 8: Started on own 39 yard line following Niles Brinkley interception.
Plays: 3
Yards: 7
Result: 50-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Tolzien found Toon for 10 yards, but Gabe Carimi was flagged for holding which negated what would have been a first down.

Drive No. 9: Started on own 24 yard line following Antonio Fenelus interception.
Plays: 8
Yards: 33
Result: 42-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Unfortunately for Erik Smith, his first collegiate run resulted in a four-yard loss. Since it happened on first down, it really backed up the drive, too.

Fourth Quarter:

Drive No. 10: Started on own 28 yard line following missed Kevin Goessling field goal.
Plays: 1
Yards: 72
Result: 72-yard John Clay touchdown run (24-21 Wisconsin)

Key play: On the only play, Clay took the handoff, found the seam off right tackle and burst through the hole and outran the secondary for the score that gave UW its first lead of the game.

Drive No. 11: Started on own five yard line following 48-yard Malone punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: 7
Result: 47-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: UW would have won the game in regulation had it been able to get a first down. However, a missed call on Tolzien's part resulted in a three-yard loss on second down. It seemed as though Tolzien went the wrong way on the handoff so instead he rolled out and fell to the ground.

Drive No. 12: Started on own 18 yard line following kickoff. (24-24)
Plays: 1
Yards: -1
Result: End of regulation

Key play: Tolzien took a knee to send the game into overtime.

Overtime No. 1:

Drive No. 13: Started at Fresno State 25 yard line.
Plays: 5
Yards: 25
Result: Six-yard Toon touchdown (31-24 Wisconsin)

Key play: Because Fresno State won the toss and elected to play defense first, it was up to the Badger offense to put the pressure on them. So, facing third and five, Tolzien rolled out and fired a ball exactly where it needed to be for Toon to haul in the touchdown grab.

Overtime No. 2:

Drive No. 14: Started at Fresno State 25 yard line.
Plays: 6
Yards: 20
Result: 22-yard Welch field goal

Key play: Following five bruising Clay runs, Welch settled in for the game winning 22-yard field goal try. And, though he missed one earlier in the game, he was able to punch this one through to give the Badgers the win.

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