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Fall Camp: Week 1 (Aug. 10-13)
Fall Camp: Week 2 (Aug. 16-20)
Fall Camp: Week 3 (Aug. 23-27)
Week 1: UNLV (Aug. 30 - Sept. 3)
Week 2: San Jose State (Sept. 6-10)
Week 3: Arizona State (Sept. 13-17)
• Week 4: Austin Peay (Sept. 20-24)
• Week 5: Michigan State (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1)
• Week 6: Minnesota (Oct. 4-8)
• Week 7: Ohio State (Oct. 11-15)
• Week 8: Iowa (Oct. 18-22)
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• Week 10: Purdue (Nov. 1-5)
• Week 11: Indiana (Nov. 8-12)
• Week 12: Michigan (Nov. 15-19)
• Week 13: Northwestern (Nov. 22-26)

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Friday, Sept. 24

The Wisconsin football team wraps up its non-conference schedule on Saturday as Austin Peay visits Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

The Wisconsin football team put in its final full day of preparation for Austin Peay on Thursday, and UWBadgers.com was there as head coach Bret Bielema met with the media after practice.

Bielema talks Austin Peay preparations Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Wisconsin will be without wide receivers Nick Toon (turf toe) and David Gilreath  (concussion) Saturday against Austin Peay, but both players are expected to be ready for UW's Big Ten Conference opener Oct. 2 at Michigan State.
  • JSOnline.com: Receivers Toon, Gilreath to sit out

Blake Sorensen was supposed to play a significant role for the Badgers defense coming into his senior year, but his profile grew this week when it was announced that sophomore standout Chris Borland would miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Blake Sorensen

Wisconsin's offensive linemen are under attack as opponents are targeting what they perceive to be the most vulnerable area: The knees or lower.
  • JSOnline.com: Defenses cutting Badgers' blockers

David Gilbert will now be the featured pass rusher in the team's nickel defense, the 3-3-5 alignment known as the Badger package. He takes over for sophomore linebacker Chris Borland, who will seek a medical redshirt due to a recurring injury to his left shoulder.
  • Madison.com: With Borland out, Gilbert will get a chance, and he's ready

If nothing else changes this season, Travis Frederick will redshirt and have three seasons of football eligibility remaining.
  • Gazettextra.com: Frederick goes from starter to spectator

Using the bend but don't break mentality, Wisconsin middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean talks about the Badgers' non-conference slate, life without Chris Borland and how the unit is building chemistry.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: St. Jean discusses mentality Small Video Graphic

Against Austin Peay, Wisconsin should be looking for a dominant performance on the ground. The Badgers' starting offensive line averages 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, while the Governors' defensive front comes in at only 6-foot-3, 281 pounds. Additionally, Austin Peay has given up an average of 219 yards per game so far this season, third worst in the Ohio Valley conference.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers look to dominate FCS foe

No team wants to get caught looking past a weaker opponent and turn in a poor performance. Whether or not that has happened to the Badgers early this season is up for debate, but one thing that is certain is No. 10 Wisconsin (3-0)  has plenty to clean up in its final non-conference matchup this Saturday against Austin Peay (2-1) at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • DailyCardinal.com: UW has plenty to prove against Austin Peay

Wisconsin (3-0) is looking to fine tune some issues against Austin Peay (2-1) before Big Ten play begins and move on after star linebacker Chris Borland was lost for the season with a left shoulder injury in a closer-than-expected 20-19 victory over Arizona State.
  • AP.org: No. 11 Wisconsin hoping for tune-up vs. Austin Peay

 Analyzing Austin Peay

The Associated Press offers a preview of the game.
  • Yahoo.com: Austin Peay-Wisconsin capsule

 Badgers in the Pros

It appears middle linebacker DeAndre Levy (groin), who practiced Thursday, will make his first start of the season.
  • DetNews.com: DeAndre Levy likely to start Sunday for Lions

Joe Thomas is one of few positives for Cleveland early in the 2010 season.
  • ClevelandLeader.com: The state of the Cleveland Browns

There isn't much doubt that Lee Evans is Buffalo's best deep threat at wide receiver, and now that Bills' Head Coach Chan Gailey has made the switch at quarterback from Trent Edwards to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Evans is likely to have a little more jump in his step.
  • Fanhouse.com: Bills' WR Lee Evans clicks better with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • WellsvilleDaily.com: Evans, Edwards never formed strong connection
  • RocNow.com: Lee Evans is loyal to Buffalo Bills, almost to a fault
  • ESPN.com: Patriots must win mental battle vs. Bills

Former Badger Anttaj Hawthorne has re-signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, while Mike Newkirk has done the same with the Chicago Rush.
  • TheCapitalSportsReport.com: Rattlers re-sign QB Davila and seven others
  • ArenaRush.com: Chris Gould returns for 2011 season

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayCaptains Culmer St. Jean (15), Lance Kendricks (84), Jay Valai (2) and Gabe Carimi (68) pose with honorary captain Ron Dayne (center) before the Badgers' game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 18, 2010. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@BigTenNetwork |  Get lots o' e-mails on football game TV channels. Yes, we answered 'em. But you may be wondering too. http://bit.ly/BTNgamefinder
Posted Sept. 24 at 9:37 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Charlie Johnson in response to 'Bret Bielema looks ahead to Austin Peay' ... "Let me repeat- Go Badgers! & John Clay All Day!" |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers are averaging 4.96 yards per carry this season. The last time they averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry was during the Big Ten title season of 1999, behind the running of Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. UW averaged 5.20 yards per carry that season.

Thursday, Sept. 23

The Wisconsin football team wraps up its non-conference schedule on Saturday as Austin Peay visits Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

UWBadgers.com was there as safety Shelton Johnson talked about his expanding role in the Badgers' defense and linebacker David Gilbert discussed filling in for injured teammate Chris Borland after Wednesday's practice.

Johnson, Gilbert talk defense Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

John Clay's carries remain a hot topic among fans, but the coaches have stuck to the plan of bringing him along slowly while working back into shape after offseason surgery on both ankles.
  • Madison.com: Clay feeling good and ready to carry the load
  • JSOnline.com: Scouting Clay's numbers after three games

Charlie Partridge didn't take a wrecking ball to work this week. Wisconsin's defensive line coach, who this season also oversees kickoff coverage, didn't see the need to tear the unit down and start over. Partridge believes better coaching of fundamentals and more precise kicks should address some of the problems that were obvious Saturday against Arizona State.
  • JSOnline.com: Coach takes blame for UW's poor kickoff coverage

J.J. Watt is building an impressive resume both on and off the field.
  • Madison.com: Watt steps up his game while also starting a charity off the field
  • JSOnline.com: Watt banged up but ready to go

The question now for Dave Doeren and his defense is how to go about replacing a player like Chris Borland. Senior Blake Sorensen will directly replace Borland in the starting lineup but a number of players will be counted on to shoulder the weight of the star's absence.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Replacement by committee

WKOW-TV in Madison profiled TE Lance Kendricks, focusing on his talents as an artist.
  • WKOW.com: Kendricks' hidden talents Small Video Graphic
  • UWBadgers.com: Kendricks named John Mackey Tight End of the Week

Wisconsin has an abundance of talented offensive linemen, and the 11th-ranked Badgers plan to decide who'll play most of the snaps before conference play begins.
  • AP.org: Deep offensive line gives No. 11 Wisconsin options
  • DailyCardinal.com: Competition on the O-line to be settled this week

Injuries affect any football team over the course of a season, and the Badgers have been no exception. Through the first three games of the year the Badgers have sustained injuries to both of their starting wide receivers, junior Nick Toon and senior David Gilreath. In their absence, the team's other receivers have had to fill the void in the passing game created by their injuries.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Re-Tooning their game  |  Five things to watch
  • Yahoo.com: Toon seeing progress with injured foot

With one more non-conference game to play before Wisconsin heads to East Lansing, Badgers QB Scott Tolzien discusses the loss of LB Chris Borland and the exceptional play of his fellow Big Ten QBs.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Tolzien discusses Borland, Big Ten Small Video Graphic

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper has updated his latest Big Board, as well as his top-5 positions lists for both seniors and non-seniors. Among the seniors, Lance Kendricks is the No. 1 tight end, while Gabe Carimi is the No. 5 offensive tackle. For the non-seniors, J.J. Watt is the No. 4 defensive end and Philip Welch is the No. 3 kicker.
  • ESPN.com: Kiper's latest draft forecast  |  Chat  |  Predictions  |  What to Watch

 Analyzing Austin Peay

The Middle Tennessee game was Austin Peay's first matchup against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent since facing Troy State in 2002. Moreover, it was the Governors' first game against an FBS foe - as a scholarship program - since 1996.
  • Madison.com: It's always been an uphill climb for Austin Peay

 Badgers in the Pros

There is some hope for Lions fans this week because it appears starting middle linebacker DeAndre Levy will return from his groin injury. The 2009 third-round draft pick missed the first two games, but returned to practice last week.
  • StarTribune.com: Must-win game? No, but...
  • DetNews.com: Stafford 'doing well,' but Hill to start again for Lions

Joe Thomas of the Browns talks about his expectations for the season.
  • News-Herald.com: Joe Thomas of the Browns Small Video Graphic

No fan of in-season quarterback shuffles, Bills receiver Lee Evans wasn't in a position to dispute the latest decision to go with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter.
  • ESPN.com: Lee Evans used to QB switch
  • BuffaloNews.com: Lee Evans: In Fitzpatrick he trusts

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayQB Scott Tolzien (16) looks for a receiver during the Badgers' game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 18, 2010. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@BigTenScott |  Congrats to WIS TE Lance Kendricks on being named Mackey Award Tight End of the Week - MSU's Charlie Gannt also earned honorable mention
Posted Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Jack Ferron in response to 'This Week in Badger Athletics 9/20' ... "Let's hope the Badgers can put together an injury-free, mistake-light, complete 4 quarter game this Saturday. They're due." |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers have won 16 of their last 17 games when scoring at least 20 points and are 36-4 under Bielema when scoring at least 20 points. On the flip side, when UW allows 20 points or less, the Badgers are 27-2 under Bielema.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

The Wisconsin football team wraps up its non-conference schedule on Saturday as Austin Peay visits Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Four players -- Bill Nagy, Kevin Zeitler, Josh Oglesby and Ricky Wagner -- are battling for playing time on the right side of the Badgers' offensive line as the UW football team prepares to face Austin Peay on Saturday. UWBadgers.com caught up with the players after Tuesday's practice to get their take on the offensive line rotation.

Players talk offensive line rotation Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren enjoyed his full complement of linebackers for less than one quarter this season. Now with the expected announcement Tuesday that sophomore Chris Borland is to miss the remainder of the 2010 season because of recurring problems with his left shoulder Doeren will have to improvise.
  • JSOnline.com: Loss of Borland means Doeren will have to improvise
  • JSOnline.com: With injured Borland out, it's the next man in

The speed shown by Arizona State's kickoff return team on Saturday was like a bolt out of the blue for the University of Wisconsin football team's coverage units.
  • Madison.com: Coverage-plan upgrade in the works for Badgers

Wisconsin junior wide receiver Nick Toon (turf toe) got some work in at practice but isn't sure whether he will be ready to play Saturday against Austin Peay.
  • JSOnline.com: Toon feels better but still uncertain of return this week

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and his staff aren't treating UW's non-conference game this week against Austin Peay in the same way NFL coaches treat exhibition games.There are no plans to hold key players out just to give them a week off in anticipation of the Big Ten Conference opener Oct. 2 at Michigan State.
  • JSOnline.com: Starters won't rest vs. Austin Peay until outcome decided

The general perception of the Badgers in the college football world is that they're going to pound the ball between the tackles with a big, bruising runner like Clay. But if a defense gets too complacent anticipating the run, that's when a well-executed play-action pass can pay dividends.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers use size, reputation to fuel play-action

Scott Tolzien's stock is up, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten stock report: Week 4

 Analyzing Austin Peay

When Rick Christophel was the starting quarterback for Austin Peay in the early 1970s, he could not have imagined taking on a challenge like the one coming Saturday.
  • Madison.com: In Wisconsin, Austin Peay will face its biggest challenge

 Badgers in the Pros

DeAndre Levy is one of the three key Lions player for their game against Minnesota, according to Sporting News.
  • SportingNews.com: Detroit at Minnesota

Starting offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers Mark Tauscher came on The Danny Mac Show in the 11 o'clock hour.  He talked about the upcoming game and what he expects from the Bears Defense.
  • WSCR.CBSLocal.com: Tauscher talks about playing Bears http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

O'Brien Schofield, whose surgery will be eight months past later this week, has gotten fitted for his knee brace and has already been doing some change of direction in side workouts.
  • Blog.AZCardinals.com: Schofield thinks he'll play

Now 31 and coming off a knee injury that cost him all of last season, Nick Greisen believes he still has what it takes to play at a high level. He wants to show that he hasn't lost a step.
  • Omaha.com: Omaha packs an NFL punch

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLB Kevin Rouse sacks ASU QB Steven Threet during the Badgers' game against Arizona State, Sept. 18, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@BigTenScott |  Bielema on Borland's reaction to sitting out year - he said If I can't play , I'll at least kick for you
Posted Sept. 21 at 12 p.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan M Kurt Benjamin in response to 'Gameweek Guide - Wisconsin vs. Austin Peay' ... "I proudly display Bucky on my car out here in CT! Tho I'm the only one, I do get thumbs up from others!!" |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin is 9-1 in its last 10 games decided by eight points or less. Under Bielema, UW is 16-6 in such games.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

The Wisconsin football team wraps up its non-conference schedule on Saturday as Austin Peay visits Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media at Monday's news conference. Watch the archived video below and read the transcript.

Bielema news conference Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Chris Borland, who re-injured his left shoulder for the second time this season in the Badgers' game vs. Arizona State, is expected to miss the remainder of the 2010 season, head coach Bret Bielema announced on Tuesday.
  • UWBadgers.com: Borland to miss the remainder of 2010 due to shoulder injury
  • Madison.com: Shoulder injury sidelines Borland for the season
  • JSOnline.com: Borland to miss rest of the season because of shoulder woes

University of Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle had some regrets about the distribution of carries among the tailbacks in the 20-19 victory over Arizona State on Saturday. It will be surprising to fans, who have been clamoring for starter John Clay to get more carries, that Settle was referring to freshman James White.
  • Madison.com: One Badgers back was shorted carries, coaches say

With the final non-conference game this week and the Big Ten opener less than two weeks away, Wisconsin's depth chart remains in flux partially because of injuries and partially because the coaching staff continues to evaluate personnel.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' depth chart still in flux
  • Madison.com: Nagy, Wagner poised to anchor right side of offensive line

After catching seven passes for 131 yards and a touchdown Saturday in the Badgers' 20-19 victory over Arizona State, senior tight end Lance Kendricks drew high praise from head coach Bret Bielema at his Monday press conference.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema wowed by Kendricks' play  |  Grades

Head coach Bret Bielema discussed some of the key performers in Saturday's win over Arizona State, as well as the Badgers' upcoming game against Austin Peay in his weekly press conference on Monday.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Nzegwu, Kendricks receive high praises
  • DailyCardinal.com: No time yet for Badger fans to worry

The blocked extra-point left Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson nearly speechless. But Jay Valai has a lot to say. He's a very loquacious athlete and an extremely ebullient and interesting guy.
  • TheSportsBank.Net: Meet Wisconsin's Valai: DB, and hero of the Badger win

 Analyzing Austin Peay

The rebuilding project continues at Austin Peay for Rick Christophel.
  • JSOnline.com: Despite disadvantage, Austin Peay comes to play
  • JSOnline.com: The book on Austin Peay

TSU safety Eugene Clifford said the Tigers were caught off guard by the precision passing of Jake Ryan and crisp route running by Devin Stark and Adrian Mines on Austin Peay's final two scoring drives.
  • Tennessean.com: Austin Peay's passing earns TSU's respect

 Badgers in the Pros

Kansas City wide receiver Chris Chambers spoke to reporters after the team's week two win.
  • KansasCity.com: Chris Chambers Small Video Graphic

Rookie tight end Garrett Graham will serve as Houston's No. 3 tight end on Sunday, meaning he could make his NFL debut against Dallas in week three.
  • ProFootballWeekly.com: Texans WR Johnson has mild ankle sprain

The United Football League season kicked off this past weekend and reigning MVP Brooks Bollinger threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns as the Florida Tuskers beat Las Vegas, 27-20.
  • OrlandoSportsCentral.com: Florida Tuskers open with 27-20 win in Las Vegas

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRB John Clay carries the ball up the field during the Badgers' game against Arizona State, Sept. 18, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@JJWatt99 |  RT @BadgerFootball: Borland to miss remainder of 2010 season <- Man, thats a tough break. Time to put it in overdrive. We got you covered 44
Posted Sept. 21 at 9:47 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Jane Schumacher in response to 'Borland to miss the remainder of 2010 due to shoulder injury' ... "That's a shame. Chris is an impact player on the field... Keep your chin up Chris... Get well soon... We re rootin for u"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW has won 27 consecutive non-conference regular-season games dating back to the 2003 season. That is the third-longest active streak in the country, trailing only LSU and USC. In Bret Bielema's five seasons as UW head coach, the Badgers are 14-0 at home against non-conference opponents, outscoring them by an average of 17.9 points per game.

Monday, Sept. 20

The Wisconsin football team improved to 3-0 with its 20-19 win over Arizona State on Saturday. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, locker room reactions, analysis and more.

Head coach Bret Bielema meets with the media at Monday's press conference at 12:30 p.m.

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 Afternoon Newsstand

Whose singular play on special teams was the most critical for the University of Wisconsin football team Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, Shelton Johnson's hustle play or Jay Valai's block? They're answers may (or may not) surprise you.
  • Madison.com: Special teams suffer, but special plays save the day
  • Madison.com: Johnson's first career tackle one to remember
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Monday film session: Breaking down 'The Play'

The Badgers' one-point victory might not impress the pollsters, but the combination of a good opponent, a great atmosphere and a close game will help them take a step forward. The resolve they showed in answering every challenge the Sun Devils threw at them for four quarters will help them prepare for the Big Ten season that is just around the corner.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' victory was worth stress
  • Madison.com: Three stars for the guys who handled the 'little things'
  • JSOnline.com: UW has the answer, but questions still linger

Wisconsin's depth chart for the Austin Peay game was released Monday and to no one's surprise linebacker Chris Borland (shoulder) is not listed and will not play.
  • JSOnline.com: Borland out for Austin Peay; no call yet on redshirt
  • Madison.com: Borland out this week, no word on redshirt
  • AP.org: Wisconsin's Borland injured, Badgers' D different

If University of Wisconsin junior defensive end Louis Nzegwu continues having games like the one he had against Arizona State on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, the former Platteville athlete could well become a household name.
  • Madison.com: Nzegwu making name for himself

John Clay has two requests of his fans as UW moves closer to the start of Big Ten Conference play: Learn to appreciate sophomore Montee Ball and freshman James White -- his two emerging understudies -- as much as they do him and rest assured that he'll be there for them when the Badgers need him most.
  • Madison.com: Clay has no qualms with RB rotation
  • PreSnapRead.com: P.S.R. 2010 Heisman Watch: Week 4

Everyone on the University of Wisconsin football team knows what senior wide receiver Kyle Jefferson has endured during his college career, suffering two serious concussions on vicious hits during his freshman and sophomore years.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' Jefferson has his head in the game

University of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was asked last week if his rapport with tight end Lance Kendricks had reached the level yet that the signal caller enjoyed with Garrett Graham last season. Although Kendricks had only four catches the first two games, Tolzien said, emphatically, that it had.
  • Madison.com: Kendricks-Tolzien connection pays off again and again
  • AP.org: Wisconsin TE Kendricks has big day against ASU

Adam Rittenberg conducted postgame interviews after the Badgers' win on Saturday.
  • ESPN.com: Watt Small Video Graphic  |  Moffitt Small Video Graphic  |  One good thing Small Video GraphicHelmet stickers 
  • ESPN.com: Power rankings  |  Rewind/Preview

 Morning Newsstand

It was two plays in a long season that could be the difference between the University of Wisconsin football team being good and great. "We won't know the answer to that until we're done," UW coach Bret Bielema said on Saturday after the 11th-ranked Badgers (3-0) held on to nip Arizona State 20-19 at Camp Randall Stadium with the help of two monumental plays on special teams.
  • Madison.com: Points taken: TD-saving tackle, blocked PAT let Badgers survive
  • Madison.com: Grades  |  Postgame reaction Small Video Graphic  |  Gametracker
The difference between absorbing a bitter defeat to unranked Arizona State and overcoming a string of injuries to grind out a hard-fought victory over the Sun Devils was too close to measure, akin to a photo finish in a race.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers use big plays to edge past Sun Devils  |  Report card
  • JSOnline.com: Badger Report

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg was at Saturday's game and he chronicled all the action.
  • ESPN.com: Badgers' resolve tested in imperfect win
  • ESPN.com: Game Day  |  Special teams the storyASU's offense clicks
  • ESPN.com: Halftime  |  Tied up  |  UW powers up  Can UW finish?  Finish

For months, UW head coach Bret Bielema has tried to instill a message to his football team -- finish each and every play. At the conclusion of each half in Saturday's game against Arizona State, the 11th-ranked Badgers proved they were listening as they escaped with a 20-19 victory.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Half-ending heroics lead to Badger victory
  • BadgerHerald.com: Special teams play both boon, bane to Badgers

Facing their toughest opponent yet this season, the Wisconsin football team suffered various critical breakdowns in all facets of their game but made the big plays when they mattered, including a  Jay Valai blocked extra point in the fourth quarter to preserve the lead. And that, against a high powered but discipline lacking Arizona State team, was just enough to pull out the 20-19 victory and improve to 3-0.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Effort plays propel Wisconsin to victory
  • DailyCardinal.com: Johnson and Valai heroes as Badgers stumble past ASU

The special teams play from Wisconsin nearly cost the Badgers the game against Arizona State on a number of occasions. It's funny, then, how a couple of special teams plays turned out winning the game for the favored Badgers.
  • Yahoo.com: Late heroics save the day for UW  |  Series by series

Jay Valai didn't quite know how he got through the line to make a shocking play that saved the day for No. 11 Wisconsin. With a nervous Camp Randall Stadium crowd assuming the Badgers were about to blow a fourth-quarter lead, the senior safety surged to swat a game-tying extra point attempt in a 20-19 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.
  • AP.org: Valai blocks PAT, No. 11 Badgers beat ASU 20-19

 Assessing Arizona State

The Sun Devils had just driven 77 yards in nine plays to pull within a point of No. 11 Wisconsin. All they needed was the extra point to tie it up with four minutes to go. The kick was blocked. Momentum turned. Wisconsin held, 20-19.
  • AZCentral.com: ASU falls to No. 11 Wisconsin after blocked extra-point attempt
  • AZCentral.com: ASU's Threet delivers even when team can't  |  Rewind
  • AZCentral.com: ASU's special teams keep team in game vs. Wisconsin

Oh so close. After a late touchdown run by sophomore running back Cameron Marshall in the fourth quarter, ASU was just an extra point away from tying up No. 11 Wisconsin in front of a sell-out crowd at Camp Randall Stadium. But as is often the case, it just wasn't meant to be for the Sun Devils (2-1).
  • StatePress.com: ASU falls to Wisconsin on missed opportunities  Devil Dish
  • StatePress.com: Badgers avoid upset on special teams

 Badgers in the Pros

Jim Leonhard had three tackles, one pass defended and two punt returns for 10 yards as the New York Jets beat New England, 28-14.
  • NFL.com: New York Jets 28, New England 14

Owen Daniels had 24 receiving yards on two catches as Houston moved to 2-0 with a 30-27 win in overtime over Casey Rabach and Washington Redskins.
  • NFL.com: Houston 30, Washington 27

DeAndre Levy missed his second straight game with a groin injury.
  • FreeP.com: Levy to miss Lions home opener

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDB Jay Valai blocks ASU's extra point try during the Badgers' game against Arizona State, Sept. 18, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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Posted Sept. 20 at 10:55 a.m.

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin has started the season 3-0 for the seventh-consecutive year. Dating back to last season, the Badgers have won five straight games. That is tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the country. During those five games, UW is averaging 460.4 yards of total offense while allowing just 273.4 yards on defense.

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