Wisconsin’s seventh ranked Football Badgers didn’t toy with Michigan Saturday in the Wolverine’s last home game of 2010. They rolled out the barrel, rolled it over the Wolverines, and strapped them to it as they essentially knocked them out of the game before halftime, 24 to zilch.
The Badgers dominated on defense, on offense, special teams and the score board in the first two stanzas without much of an efficient Wolverine offensive or defensive response.
Hampered by a fumble, a missed field goal, dropped passes and some marginal throws offensively, and a spate of missed tackles and overpowered tackles defensively, the team staggered into half time with its first half offensive and defensive production a shambles.
Here’s RR on the first half: “ In the first half we only had four possessions and two of them ended up short on third down, which can’t happen. Again we had a couple of dropped passes that killed us. We just thought we needed to get more possessions, catch the football and get a little rhythm going. We got some going but we couldn’t get that stop we needed. You do those things against a good team and you are always doing those things uphill.”
He also cited being undersized on defense, the number of freshmen playing, and the need to get off blocks.
Two very young Badger RB’s, Ball and White, had 354-yards rushing and 6 TDs. They did not need the injured Clay. Even if they haven’t won in the Big House since 1994, this one smarted.
It was a particularly nasty loss because the Wolverines were never really in the game. Denard said afterwards that they came out flat, and that is the way it appeared.