September 19, 2010

Series by series: UW's offense against ASU

If Paul Chryst was set on slow playing John Clay in Saturday's game, his strategy worked to a 'T.'

By the latter stages of Saturday's 20-19 win over Arizona State, Clay was a force in moving the chains and sealing the win for a Badger offense that struggled at various times.

Now, with all the dust settled, takes a look back at every offensive series. The following is a series by series recap.


Drive No. 1: Started on UW 22 yard line following opening kickoff.
Plays: 9
Yards: 51
Result: Missed 44-yard Philip Welch field goal.

Key play: Isaac Anderson looked to have space on third and six, but after he made the catch he hesitated and was brought down short of the sticks.

Drive No. 2: Started on UW 20 yard line following Missed Thomas Weber field goal.
Plays: 6
Yards: 48
Result: Welch 49-yard field goal. (3-0 Wisconsin)

Key play: Freshman James White looked to have the edge on a run with the offense facing a third and four, but the opening closed quickly and UW had to settle for the field goal.

Drive No. 3: Started on UW 26 yard line following kickoff. (7-3 Arizona State)
Plays: 3
Yards: 3
Result: 51-yard Brad Nortman punt.

Key play: Tolzien nearly threw an interception, but Jared Abbrederis made a nice play to break up that pass on third and seven.


Drive No. 4: Started on UW 25 yard line following kickoff. (10-3 Arizona State)
Plays: 7
Yards: 49
Result: 44-yard Welch field goal. (10-6 ASU)

Key play: Outside of field goal position and facing a third and 14, Tolzien found Montee Ball on a check down to get into position for a Welch field goal.

Drive No. 5: Started on UW 29 yard line following 55-yard Trevor Hankins punt.
Plays: 11
Yards: 71
Result: 14-yard Lance Kendricks touchdown. (13-10 UW)

Key play: Kendricks was in perfect position to reel in Tolzien's back shoulder fade at the front of the end zone. All he needed was Tolzien to deliver it at the right spot and that's exactly what happened.


Drive No. 6: Started on UW 31 yard line following kickoff (13-13 tie)
Plays: 6
Yards: 33
Result: 34-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Kyle Jefferson tried going across the middle, but when the ball came his way and he stared his defender down, the senior wide receiver was unable to reel in the pass, forcing UW's punt.

Drive No. 7: Started on UW 12 yard line following 61-yard Hankins punt.
Plays: 8
Yards: 88
Result: 19-yard Clay touchdown rush. (20-13 UW)

Key play: White broke a number of big runs off during this drive, but it was Clay's patience and cutback on third and one that re-established the Badger lead.

Drive No. 8: Started on UW 15 yard line following 54-yard Hankins punt.
Plays: 4
Yards: 23
Result: 48-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Facing third and one it seemed as though Clay was a good bet to pick up the first down. However, Vontaze Burfict broke through the line and dismantled the play early. UW was forced to punt.


Drive No. 9: Started on UW 20 yard line following 39-yard Hankins punt.
Plays: 6
Yards: 20
Result: 39-yard Nortman punt.

Key play: Facing third and short again, Clay was dropped well before he was able to get to the first down marker. UW was forced to punt and gave Steven Threet another opportunity to tie the game.

Drive No. 10: Started on UW 27 yard line following kickoff. (20-19)
Plays: 10
Yards: 50

Key play: With yet another third and short, Chryst decided to call the epitome of misdirection passing plays to Kendricks. Tolzien stood strong in the pocket and delivered a great throw to Kendricks for the game-clinching first down.

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