Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wisconsin storms out to quick start
By Adam Rittenberg
MADISON, Wis. -- Camp Randall is rockin' and Ohio State looks shaken.
What a start for Wisconsin, which took a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game.
We can certainly talk about David Gilreath's 100-yard kickoff return to open the game. Minutes after Badgers honorary captain Lee Evans went to midfield for the coin toss, Gilreath recorded Wisconsin's first kick return for a touchdown since Evans did it against Indiana in 2000. Gilreath also became the Big Ten's all-time kick return yards leader (2,611 yards) with the score.
But Ohio State's coverage issues aren't new. This has been a problem for Jim Tressel's crew since late last season.
What really stunned me was the way Wisconsin shoved the ball right down the Buckeyes' throat on a 6-play, 58-yard scoring drive. Wisconsin's offensive line completely blew up Ohio State's talented defensive front, creating some huge holes for running back John Clay. Clay ran hard, but he was barely touched, especially on a 14-yard touchdown run.
You'd expect Ohio State to rally at some stage, but if Wisconsin keeps controlling the line of scrimmage like this, it could be a long night for the Scarlet and Gray.