Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wisconsin powers its way back in front
By ESPN.com staff
MADISON, Wis. -- It's not very much fun to face Wisconsin's offense on third-and-1.
You pretty much know mammoth junior running back John Clay will get the ball. And there's very little you can do to stop him.
Arizona State tried on a third-and-1 just inside the red zone, but Clay got through the first line of defense and was gone. With so many defenders committed to the line of scrimmage, Clay scooted through the right side of the line and had nothing but open field ahead of him.
Wisconsin's 8-play, 88-yard scoring drive might be the turning point of this game. The Badgers did an excellent job of mixing personnel and plays. Quarterback Scott Tolzien continued a very good performance, and Jared Abbrederis and talented freshman running back James White both contributed nicely.
Despite missing two starting linebackers (Chris Borland and Culmer St. Jean), the Badgers defense continues to keep ASU out of the end zone.
Wisconsin's offense tends to get stronger as the game goes on, so we'll see if the Sun Devils can handle Clay and the massive Badgers' O-line in the fourth quarter. Badgers lead 20-13 at the end of three quarters.
Time to jump around!