Big Ten: Devon Wylie


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Indiana's run game needed a jump-start after a lackluster showing in the season opener, and the Hoosiers have gotten it from an unlikely source.

Wide receiver Mitchell Evans has four carries for 32 yards as the Hoosiers have jumped on Western Michigan 10-0. Senior tailback Bryan Payton also has contributed nicely. And perhaps the bigger story here is a Hoosiers defense that has held Tim Hiller and the Broncos to 12 total yards in the first quarter.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, looks to be in major trouble against Fresno State, trailing 14-0. A banged-up offensive line has struggled to generate push against the Bulldogs, and the rushing game is nonexistent. The defense still looks soft to me, particularly in the secondary, and Fresno State just hit a long touchdown pass to Devon Wylie. Fresno has had it way too easy on third down.

I like what I see from Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien, but if this team can't run the ball, it'll be a very long season.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The WAC admitted Wednesday that the replay official botched a reversed fumble call in last Saturday's game between No. 8 Wisconsin and Fresno State.

The play in question took place in the third quarter and would have given Wisconsin a first down deep in Fresno State territory. Wisconsin safety Shane Carter jarred the ball loose from wideout Devon Wylie after Wylie had clearly made a catch.

Glad to see it didn't take much "investigating" to see what was plainly obvious to everyone with the luxury of instant replay -- except the guy making the call. The best news about this is that the call didn't end up costing Wisconsin the game, though it easily could have.

Badgers coach Bret Bielema has been quite diplomatic in discussing the call, but his face would have turned the color of his shirt if it had cost the Badgers a huge road win.

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