Saturday, October 15, 2011
Badgers roll to easy win, improve to 6-0
By Adam Rittenberg
It wasn't an 83-20 redux, but Wisconsin flexed its muscles once again against an overmatched Indiana team. As a result, Bret Bielema's team improved to 6-0 before its first true road game of the season.
The Badgers cruised to a 59-7 win against Indiana in their final tuneup in advance of the Michigan State showdown next week. While the competition level will be brought up whenever Wisconsin's name is mentioned, credit the Badgers for handling their business in dominating fashion these first six games.
No offense in America is clicking like Wisconsin's, which received huge performances again from running back Montee Ball (14 carries, 142 rush yards, three rushing TDs and a passing TD) and quarterback Russell Wilson (12-for-17 passing, 166 yards, TD and receiving TD). James White had a nice performance as well, as the Badgers steamrolled Indiana's defense. After a huge first half from the offense, the defense and special teams joined the scoring action as Jared Abbrederis had a punt return for a touchdown and Derek Landisch recovered a fumble in the end zone.
We'll get a much better read on Wisconsin next week against Michigan State, which continues to play superb defense and rediscovered its rushing attack against Michigan. It'll be strength versus strength in East Lansing.
Indiana didn't have much of a chance today, but the Hoosiers hurt themselves with turnovers and failed to cash in on some scoring opportunities. Quarterbacks Ed Wright-Baker and Tre Roberson struggled, combining to complete eight of 20 passes for 64 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. It hurt that top receiver Damarlo Belcher left the game with an undisclosed injury.
Coach Kevin Wilson must continue to evaluate his quarterback spot going forward. Wisconsin clearly doesn't have that problem.