November 14, 2009

Notes and quotes: Post Michigan

MADISON - Considering that Wisconsin had only beat Michigan 12 times in 62 chances entering Saturday's home finale, the fact that the Badgers beat up on the Wolverines by 21 points cannot go unnoticed.

UW's 45 points at the end set a new personal best for Wisconsin against the Wolverines, surpassing the 37-points the Badgers put on Michigan in 2007.

The following are more notes following UW's 21-point win:

Team notes:

-In its last eight games, Wisconsin has forced 19 turnovers and scored points off of 12 of them. Over that span, UW has capitalized on 10 interceptions by converting them into eight touchdown scoring drives.

-The Badgers have now won 30-straight contests when they score 30 points.

-Under head coach Bret Bielema, UW is 26-0 when reaching the 30-point plateau.

Offensive notes:

-Wisconsin did not let any red zone chances slip away as it scored during all six appearances. On the season, UW has scored 32 touchdowns in 41 red-zone chances.

-Scott Tolzien tied his career high with four passing touchdowns, matching the third-best single-game TD total in school history. He is now just the second UW quarterback in school history to have two four-touchdown games in the same season. Darrell Bevell and Jim Sorgi are the other two.

-UW is just the sixth team in history to throw four touchdown passes in a game against the Wolverines.

-With his touchdown catch today, Garrett Graham is just one shy of moving into a tie for sixth in UW history for career touchdown receptions. He has 14 in his career.

-Nick Toon recorded his first two-touchdown game of his career.

-John Clay became the latest in a long line of Badger tailbacks to reach the 1,000-yard mark plateau. He is now the 13th different player to reach that mark and helped extend the streak to five straight years and 15 of the past 17 years.

-With another 100-yard performance, Clay will likely join the top-10 in career rushing at UW. HE is just 104 yards shy of that mark.

Defensive notes:

-UW allowed just 71 rushing yards, well below the Wolverine's Big Ten-leading average of 208.3 rushing yards per game. And also, the Badgers have still yet to allow an opposing Big Ten running back reach the 100-yard mark this season in any game.

-Chris Borland set a career high with a team-high 11 tackles during Saturday's win.

-Jeff Stehle entered Saturday's contest with two-career tackles-for-loss. By the end of Saturday's first quarter, he matched that total.

-Sophomore J.J. Watt blocked a 19-yard field goal attempt by Michigan in the first quarter. It was Wisconsin's first blocked field goal since the loss to Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl.

Quotes from inside the locker room:

-Bielema on UW's bowl prospects heading down the stretch:

"A lot of our bowl prospects probably depends on what happens around the rest of the Big Ten. I told our guys last Sunday, I told them again Thursday and I told them again today, all I know is wherever we are in post-season bowl is going to be a lot better if we beat Michigan. Wherever you're sitting, to know that feather is in your cap is going to be a good thing."

-Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez Michigan's tendency to let down in the second half.

"In the second half it just seems like, defensively, we're not able to get off the field. Our offense needs to be in a rhythm and we're not on the field much offensively. When the other team is controlling the ball, it's hard to get into a rhythm offensively. I think it's a combination of things. We need to evaluate everything - the players, teams, and try to come up with answers. That's my job as a coach."

-Garrett Graham on scoring a touchdown during his final home game as a Badger.

"It felt good. Everything was just kind of clicking and I felt good on the ground, good on the air. I couldn't ask for more."

-John Clay on his 1,000-yard accomplishment:

"I give it all up to the offensive linemen. After the game, I found each one of them, gave them a hug and told them thank you and I appreciate everything they've been doing for me. They've been working for me, and so I'm going to keep working for them for this whole year."

-Scott Tolzien on sending the seniors off on a positive note:

"It was awesome because the seniors mean a lot to us this year. Every year they do, but I feel a little bit closer, being a junior, to them and they're all really good leaders. One thing I learned from the seniors was that they all bought into the program, whether it's a guy that's played a lot or a guy that hasn't played much at all, they've all bought into the program and it feeds down to the lower guys. It makes it all inclusive, that we're all in this together."

-O'Brien Schofield on his final game at Camp Randall:

"I wanted to cry, coming out and getting my name called. Just hearing the fans cheering for me, it really meant a lot that the fans appreciated what the seniors have done this season in leading this team to so far a successful season."

-Chris Maragos on when he was planning on taking his pads off after doing media interviews with them on:

"Hopefully never. Somebody else was kind of joking about that. They said, 'Are you going to sleep in them?' I said, 'If I could I would.' So, unfortunately I have people that I've got to be around. I probably smell bad. I'm surprised you guys are hanging around me still."

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