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First & Goal Archive: Oct. 18-22



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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)
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• 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)

Friday, Oct. 22

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looks to capture the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007 as it goes on the road to face No. 12 Iowa (5-1, 2-0) at Kinnick Stadium. The game airs live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team put in its final full practice before Saturday's matchup with Iowa on Thursday, and UWBadgers.com was there as head coach Bret Bielema met with the media afterward to discuss the battle for the Heartland Trophy.

Bielema talks preparation for Iowa Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"Wisconsin assistant coach Charlie Partridge began his coaching career in 1996, as a graduate assistant at Drake. He has never seen one of his players match what UW long-snapper Kyle Wojta accomplished Saturday night against Ohio State. Four days after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice, Wojta handled snaps on four extra points and one field-goal attempt," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: For Wojta, playing with a torn ACL is a snap

"When University of Wisconsin senior strong safety Jay Valai says the rivalry with Iowa is "personal," he means it," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Memories of last trip to Iowa motivate Valai
  • ESPNMadison.com: Never ending competition between Iowa and UW

"Despite a knee injury that sidelined him for two weeks of preseason camp and caused him to miss a game against Nevada-Las Vegas, UW sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor is being productive," Andy Baggot writes.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Taylor

"Louis Nzegwu didn't have a mole in the Iowa meeting rooms this week. Nevertheless, Wisconsin's redshirt junior defensive end knows what to expect when 10th-ranked UW faces 13th-ranked Iowa Saturday in Iowa City," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW makes position clear

"If people thought last Saturday night's game was tough for the University of Wisconsin's defensive backs -- covering Ohio State receivers for long stretches while quarterback Terrelle Pryor ran around the field -- they should have seen the practices that led up to it," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Secondary buys into new coach's approach, sees dividends

"University of Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt talked about getting punched in the mouth so many times during an interview this week, it was unclear if he was preparing for a fist fight or a football game at Iowa on Saturday," Tom Mulhern says.
  • Madison.com: Watt expects Iowa game to be a match made for tough guys
  • TheGazette.com: Heavyweight bout

"Early in the second half of Saturday's win over Ohio State, freshman defensive tackle Jordan Kohout suffered an injury that forced him into the locker room. Though he returned and contributed to the Badgers upset later in that game, it seemed as though Kohout was pretty sore following the game," writes Tom Lea.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Kohout ready to tackle Iowa

"The Badgers defeated the Buckeyes for the first time in [Bret] Bielema's tenure and earned him a true signature victory. But the win could mean a lot less if No. 10 Wisconsin falters on the road Saturday against No. 13 Iowa," writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW's work not over yet

"Rankings aside, the No. 10 Badgers might very well be facing their toughest challenge of the season when they square up against the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday in Iowa City. And while the nationally televised toppling of the nation's No. 1 team may have brought Wisconsin back into the BCS discussion, this weekend is once again make or break for the Badgers' Big Ten title hopes," says Max Sternberg.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Power meets power in Iowa City

"Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has never met Iowa counterpart Ricky Stanzi other than on a football field, but even he is surprised at all the similarities," according to Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Iowa's Stanzi, Wisconsin's Tolzien very similar
  • HawkCentral.com: Big Ten stacked with quarterbacks

"One of the casualties of the Big Ten's upcoming divisional format is the annual matchup between Iowa and Wisconsin, two of the closest rivals in the country. Before the Hawkeyes or Badgers pack away the Heartland Trophy for the next few years, they'll meet on Saturday with ramifications much more pressing than hardware," writes Luke Meredith.
  • AP.org.com: No. 10 Badgers travel to face 13th-ranked Iowa

 Hawkeye Handbook

"Adam Robinson's day-after-game routine is almost as regimented as what the sophomore running back goes through on gameday," writes Scott Dochterman in this notes column.
  • TheGazette.com: A-Rob and the red jersey, Norm chant and the trophy

"Video study was always a major part of [Ricky] Stanzi' s routine. This summer, he earned his black belt in it," says Marc Morehouse.
  • TheGazette.com: Film student  |  The Big Analysis - Wisconsin

"Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi didn't come out and predict a second-quarter knockout of Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn. And Clayborn didn't throw any "momma" jokes toward Carimi. The competitors go into their matchup Saturday with an air of respect," writes Marc Morehouse.
  • TheGazette.com: Clayborn, Carimi set to do battle in the trenches
  • DailyIowan.com: Hawkeye defensive line set for season's biggest challenge

"Tonight will see the 17th installment of the hotly contested series [between the football managers of Iowa and Wisconsin] which takes place inside the Bubble; it is tradition to play the Friday night before Saturday's Hawkeye/Badger game. The winning side is awarded the Rusty Toolbox, which is described by at least one manager as containing "pride,"" says Ben Schuff.
  • DailyIowan.com: Toolbox game a test of masculinity

 Badgers in the Pros

"Following a year out of football in which he started Taylor Mehlhaff Kicking LLC, which runs camps for aspiring kickers, Mehlhaff now finds himself back in the game. For the 2010 season, Mehlhaff signed with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL, earning one of five starting kicking positions in the league," writes Jordan Schelling.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Mehlhaff gets new start in UFL

"The Chiefs removed defensive end Tyson Jackson and wide receiver Chris Chambers from their injury report, in effect indicating both will play on Sunday against Jacksonville at Arrowhead Stadium," writes Adam Teicher.
  • KansasCity.com: Jackson, Chambers to play Sunday

"[DeAndre] Levy has said that he's targeting the Redskins game after the bye for his return to game action," according to Tim Twentyman.
  • DetNews.com: Lions sit 19 players from practice

Despite practicing for a second straight day on a limited basis, Mark Tauscher's prognosis for returning to the lineup Sunday night doesn't look too good.
  • WBAY.com: Tauscher's Prognosis for Sunday Not too Good

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Photo of the DayRB John Clay carries the ball during last year's game against Iowa. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@JJWatt99  |  Just got off the phone with Jaxson... His message this week: "Sack Ricky Stanzi". #DBWH #FearNothing
Posted Oct. 21 at 9:19 p.m.

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Badger fan Mary Langkamp in response to 'Bret Bielema looks ahead to Iowa' ... "Go Bucky!!!! Beat the Hawkeyes!!!! Remember you will not be playing them for awhile so this makes this even more special of a game than it normally is. Get us another big win BIG RED I know you can do it!!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin leads the country in fewest penalties per game, averaging just 3.29 penalties per game. The Badgers' 31.4 penalty yards per game are fourth-fewest in the country.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Iowa (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)

Thursday, Oct. 21

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looks to capture the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007 as it goes on the road to face No. 12 Iowa (5-1, 2-0) at Kinnick Stadium. The game airs live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team continued preparation for Saturday's matchup with No. 12 Iowa on Wednesday, and UWBadgers.com caught up with LB Kevin Claxton and CB Antonio Fenelus after practice to talk about defending against the Hawkeyes

Defense prepares for challenging Hawkeyes Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"[Manasseh] Garner expanded his impact to special teams during Saturday night's victory over Ohio State -- so much so that he drew the attention of UW coach Bret Bielema, who noted during his Monday presser that Garner "was a terror on kickoff coverage. He kind of ignited the whole unit."" Mike Lucas writes.
  • UWBadgers.com: Garner has it both ways

"Wisconsin Badgers left tackle Gabe Carimi took partial credit for tailback John Clay's decision to shave the numbers of the team's starting offensive linemen in his hair for the game against Ohio State on Saturday," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Linemen get a rush over Clay's hair tribute

Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst's stock is up according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten stock report  |  10/20 Chat  |  What to watch

In a notes column, Jeff Potrykus looks at the development of Jacob Pederesen, how James White is beginning to really understand the offense and more.
  • JSOnline.com: Backup tight end Pedersen developing nicely

"Minutes after seeing his team hand then-No. 1 Ohio State its first loss of the season Saturday, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema acknowledged he had challenged the members of the offensive line by reminding them with that the Buckeyes hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher for 29 consecutive games. The challenge presented to tailback John Clay, via word and video highlights, was less publicized but ultimately more important," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW coaches lighting a fire under Clay

Peter Konz was recently interviewed by Benjamin Worgull of FoxSportsWisconsin.com.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Offensive breakdown

"Last Saturday against Ohio State, the Wisconsin defensive backs looked like a team strength. Terrelle Pryor completed just 14-of-28 passes and the top-ranked Buckeyes failed to register a big, downfield play through the air," writes Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Corners find peak performance against Buckeyes

"In an era of finesse attacks, spread offenses and shifty quarterbacks, it's time to give some love to the so-called big uglies in the trenches. This Saturday's showdown between No. 10 Wisconsin and 13th-ranked Iowa promises to be a symphony of smashmouth, slobber-knockin' football," according to Luke Meredith.
  • AP.org: Great lines take center stage for Iowa, Wisconsin

"A down-to-earth approach helped James White climb the Wisconsin depth chart. He joined the Badgers football program as a highly-touted freshman tailback, but never banked on making a sudden impact," writes Andrew Logue.
  • HawkCentral.com: Iowa prepares for Badgers' diverse running attack

"Lance Kendricks began his Wisconsin career as a tall, lanky wide receiver. Four years later, Kendricks built himself into one of the nation's premier tight ends," writes Scott Dochterman.
  • TheGazette.com: Tight end Kendricks a go-to weapon fro Wisconsin

"Bret Bielema joined The Jim Rome Show to discuss whether he expected early success against Ohio State, if he thought it would be a close game once his team was up three scores, what it was like to head to the locker room with the victory and the students storming the field and more."
  • SportsRadioInterviews.com: Bielema on Wisconsin's style of play http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

 Hawkeye Handbook

In the following videos, Broderick Binns talks about the Badgers' offensive line, Colin Sandeman gives his take on Wisconsin's defense and Adrian Clayborn talks about going up against UW's Gabe Carimi.
  • HawkCentral.com: Broderick Binns on the Badger O-line Small Video Graphic  |  Colin Sandeman on Wisconsin's defense Small Video Graphic
  • HawkCentral.com: Adrian Clayborn on Carimi Small Video Graphic

"Iowa and Wisconsin's football managers compete for the Rusty Toolbox traveling trophy around 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Bubble. It's an 8-man, flag-football game with the winner earning an old toolbox painted in the teams' colors," Scott Dochterman writes.
  • TheGazette.com: Toolbox rivalry to reach climax Friday

"A year ago, Iowa's Ricky Stanzi was a feast or famine quarterback ... In the first half of this regular season, Stanzi has experienced very little famine," writes Don Doxsie.
  • QCTimes.com: Captain consistent: Stanzi learns good study habits

"Gang-tackling and wrapping up one of the nation's elite running backs will be a focal point for the Hawkeye defense if it is to be successful against the 10th-ranked Badgers on Saturday," according to Mitch Smith.
  • DailyIowan.com: Dynamic backfield duo awaits Hawkeyes

 Badgers in the Pros

After missing Sunday's game with a finger injury, Chris Chambers practiced in full on Wednesday.
  • ArrowheadPride.com: Jackson, O'Callaghan open week 7 on injury report

Mark Tauscher returned to practice on Wednesday in a limited form. Green Bay is following the protocol from last year to monitor his health.
  • GreenBayPressGazette.com: Matthews shows progress
  • ESPN.com: Matthews on track to play Sunday

O'Brien Schofield practiced for the first time this season on Wednesday.
  • AZCentral.com: Arizona Cardinals get infusion of talent

Michael Bennett practiced Wednesday and may be ready to play on Sunday after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
  • SFGate.com: Raiders secondary caught zoning out

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDE J.J. Watt fires up the crowd during last year's game against Iowa. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@BigTenScott  |  Bielema says it will be a challenge this week, to play IOWA is tough, but this will be most hostile environment we've played in this year
Posted Oct. 19 at 11:54 a.m.

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Badger fan Beth Luhman Owen in response to 'Carimi and White reflect on win, look to Iowa' ... "I attended the Badger game on Sat. and witnessed the win over Ohio State. It was won of the most exciting Badger games I've seen!!
Go Badgers!! Go get Iowa!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW has turned the ball over just five times (three interceptions and two fumbles) this season, tied for second-fewest in the country. The Badgers' top three running backs (John Clay, James White and Montee Ball) have combined for 262 carries and fumbled the ball just once.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Iowa (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)

Wednesday, Oct. 20

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looks to capture the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007 as it goes on the road to face No. 12 Iowa (5-1, 2-0) at Kinnick Stadium. The game airs live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team has put Saturday's win over Ohio State in the past and began preparations for No. 12 Iowa on Tuesday. UWBadgers.com caught up with LT Gabe Carimi and RB James White after practice. Also, QB Scott Tolzien addressed the media on Tuesday.

Carimi and White reflect on win, look at Iowa Small Video Graphic
Tolzien addresses media Tuesday Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"Peter Konz is gregarious, Kevin Zeitler is not. Kevin Zeitler is reticent, Peter Konz is not. Odds are, you know where this is going," Mike Lucas writes.
  • UWBadgers.com: O-line odd couple -- Konz, Zeitler work well as pair

"Saturday created some forever memories for Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. They started with the kind, respect-filled words with Jim Tressel during the postgame handshake. He'll recall driving home around midnight, with sounds of revelry all around," writes Dave Curtis.
  • SportingNews.com: Big Ten title race could go through Iowa City

"More than anything else, [David] Gilreath is a testament to perseverance. He just might be the most resilient kickoff returner in Big Ten history," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Gilreath's touchdown return was the product of perseverance

"University of Wisconsin senior left guard John Moffitt is a believer in the power of preparation. Admittedly, Moffitt took a little time to come around to that point of view, with some help from offensive line coach Bob Bostad," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers plan to practice like they mean it -- again

"In just his second week covering kickoffs, Wisconsin freshman Manasseh Garner gave the unit a boost with three tackles in the Badgers' victory Saturday night over then-No. 1 Ohio State," writes Jeff Potrykus in a notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Garner could get expanded role

"Paul Chryst knows from experience what the University of Wisconsin offense will face Saturday in Kinnick Stadium: A 60-minute tug of war against an Iowa defense that year in and year out is physical, smart, fundamentally sound and stingy," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Iowa's defense usually causes problems for UW

"Iowa and Wisconsin will spend all week dissecting film of one another, trying to find clues that will aid in Saturday's matchup at Kinnick Stadium. The players and coaches could save a lot of time, though, and simply look in the mirror," says Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Iowa, Wisconsin are mirror-image programs
  • ESPN.com: Keys to Wisconsin-Iowa game Small Video Graphic  |  Awards

"Against Ohio State, Wisconsin was physical on the ground, efficient through the air and complete in all phases of the game. John Clay and James White combined for 179 yards and three touchdowns, Scott Tolzien connected on 13 of his 16 passes, was never sacked and the offense turned the ball over only once. Need a uniting factor? Try the offensive line," says Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Big men play to big potential
  • DailyCardinal.com: Experienced offensive line gaining steam

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt was in attendance at Saturday's win over Ohio State and had some very good things to say about his time in Madison afterward.
  • YouTube.com: Scott Van Pelt reacts to Wisconsin's win over Ohio State http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

For those that want to re-live Saturday's big win over Ohio State, ESPN3.com still has the replay up on its site.
  • ESPN3.com: No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin Small Video Graphic

 Hawkeye Handbook

"Until further notice, the three biggest games in the Big Ten Conference race will be hosted by the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes and played at Kinnick Stadium over the next six weeks," writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: With several big games ahead, Iowa tries to stay focused

"Adam Robinson knows he can't change his hometown's reputation by himself, but he hopes his success as an Iowa running back will help to inspire a change," writes Pat Harty.
  • HawkCentral.com: Robinson works hard, hopes to inspire change
  • TheGazette.com: You never know

"This is a good week for Karl Klug to chow down. As Iowa's senior defensive tackle prepares for Saturday's football showdown against Wisconsin, packing on a few extra pounds might pay dividends against the Badgers," says Andrew Logue.
  • HawkCentral.com: Karl Klug, D-line prepare for hefty Badger O-line

"Iowa didn't have a scholarship for another kicker when it delivered its recruiting pitch to Michael Meyer. The Hawkeyes couldn't promise a free education, but they sold opportunity to the former Dubuque Wahlert standout," according to Andy Hamilton in this notes column.
  • HawkCentral.com: Notes -- Meyer, Parker, medical report

"[Iowa and Wisconsin] share a lot of the same football genetics. They recruit a lot of the same territories, pursue many of the same players and each roster is sprinkled with players the other program wanted," Andy Hamilton says.
  • HawkCentral.com: Iowa, Wisconsin share core values

 Badgers in the Pros

"Chris Maragos was informed [he was being activated from the practice squad] while watching film with the other 49ers' defensive backs early Monday afternoon. But when Bill Nayes, special assistant to 49ers coach Mike Singletary, poked his head into the meeting room and asked for Maragos and fellow safety Curtis Taylor, Maragos was initially wondering whether he was out of a job," writes Peter Jackal.
  • JournalTimes.com: Maragos earns a promotion
  • SFGate.com: Shawne Merriman? Pass

Jim Leonhard talks about being 5-1 heading into the bye.
  • FaceBook.com: Jim Leonhard locker room interview Small Video Graphic

"On Tuesday afternoon at the Karamu House in Cleveland, members of the Browns [including Joe Thomas], along with 250 volunteers from the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. and people from the community came together to build a playground in just one day providing children a safe place to play.
  • WTAM.com: Browns help build playground in Cleveland

Mark Tauscher is still "a ways away," writes Greg A. Bedard.
  • JSOnline.com: News and notes

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLB Culmer St. Jean and DE J.J. Watt sack Terelle Pryor during the Badgers' game against Ohio State, Oct. 16, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@BigTenScott  |  Ferentz on WIS - talented, well-coached team, great tradition of success, OSU win was no fluke, that was two excellent teams
Posted Oct. 19 at 11:46 a.m.

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Badger fan Scott Lonnborg in response to 'Scott Van Pelt reacts to Wisconsin Badgers win over #1 Ohio State' ... "I am so proud to be a Badger fan! Don't let up and crush the Hawkeyes!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

DE J.J. Watt was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week after recording three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, vs. Ohio State. He leads the Badgers, ranks second in the Big Ten and tied for 11th in the country with 11.5 tackles for loss on the year. Watt is also tied for the team lead with six pass breakups, tied for the most by a defensive lineman in the nation.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Iowa (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)

Tuesday, Oct. 19

The No. 10 Wisconsin football team (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looks to capture the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2007 as it goes on the road to face No. 12 Iowa (5-1, 2-0) at Kinnick Stadium. The game airs live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media at Monday's press conference.

Watch archived video Small Video Graphic  |  Read transcript

 Morning Newsstand

"Not long after last Saturday's electrifying game at Camp Randall Stadium, one of the players asked me where I would rank it. "Well, it is certainly on the short list of the all-time best," I responded. Now that truly is insightful analysis, isn't it?," writes Matt Lepay.
  • UWBadgers.com: Saturday's lasting image came before kickoff

"Can the 2010 Badgers now finish what they started with their dramatic win over Ohio State? Can they make a run to put themselves in contention for a share of the Big Ten championship? Many questions will be answered Saturday at Kinnick Stadium," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Badgers' trip to Kinnick an adventure

"Wisconsin football fans can exhale. Linebacker Mike Taylor (ankle), wide receiver Nick Toon (thigh), tight end Lance Kendricks (cramps) and defensive tackle Jordan Kohout (foot/ankle) are expected to be in the lineup for UW's critical Big Ten Conference game Saturday at Iowa," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's walking wounded should play at Iowa
  • Madison.com: Injured players expected back going into tough prep week

"[Sunday] meant getting back to work for players and coaches. Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst trudged into interviews on Sunday, dressed in sweats, carrying a large soft drink in one hand and several binders in the other one. In other words, nothing changes, despite one of the biggest wins by the Badgers since their last Rose Bowl win in 2000," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' celebration short-lived as Iowa awaits
  • BadgerHerald.com: With big win behind them, Badgers set sights on Iowa
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers must now turn focus to Iowa

"University of Wisconsin freshman Manasseh Garner was not named the Big Ten Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week. He wasn't even named the Badgers' special teams MVP in the 31-18 victory over Ohio State. Still, Garner might have had as much impact on the kickoff coverage team as Gilreath had on the return team," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Garner makes an impact

"University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst surprised more than a few people when he called four straight pass plays at the most important juncture of Saturday night's game against Ohio State," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Late call for passing plays proved effective

Adam Rittenberg takes a look back at a pivotal weekend in the Big Ten before peeking ahead to Week 8. Wisconsin gets a lot of love from the ESPN writer, including team of the week.
  • ESPN.com: Week 7 rewind/Week 8 preview  |  Heisman update
  • PreSnapRead.com: Week 8 Heisman watch

"If Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema wants his players to see the wrong way to handle prosperity, he can show them highlights of South Carolina's last game," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Bielema expects Badgers to have right response
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers roundtable - Ohio State/Iowa

"There are some moments that bring a smile to a Badger fan's face each and every time they are mentioned. And now you can add David Gilreath's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play of Saturday's clash with No.1 Ohio State to that glorified list," writes Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Credit Bielema's gameplan in monumental win  |  Grades  |  Badgers show they are capable of complete game

This was posted before Saturday night's game, but LostLettermen.com "takes a look at how former coach and current AD Barry Alvarez rose the Badgers from the dead and built the base for one of the Big Ten's most consistently competitive programs."
  • LostLettermen.com: The Rise of Wisconsin

 Hawkeye Handbook

"The stage is set. For the next two weekends, Kinnick Stadium will become center ring. This Saturday, it's No. 13 Hawkeyes and the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers. In two weeks, it's Hawkeyes and No. 8 Michigan State," writes Marc Morehouse.
  • TheGazette.com: The championship round begins
  • HawkCentral.com: Big Ten title runs through Kinnick

"Go on. Say it. Print up the posters, roll out the buttons, shout it from the rooftops: Robinson for Big Ten MVP. Adam Robinson, that is," according to Sean Keeler.
  • HawkCentral.com: Iowa's Robinson in discussion for Big Ten MVP

"Iowa is preparing for Game 1 of a critical two-game stretch that could determine the Big Ten Conference race. The 13th-ranked Hawkeyes host No. 10 UW at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. They host No. 8 Michigan State at home Oct. 30," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Hawkeyes in critical stretch of schedule  |  Book on Iowa

"Few weeks of anticipation are ever as good as this one if you're an Iowa football fan," writes Mike Hlas.
  • TheGazette.com: Wisconsin-Iowa is powerball personified

 Badgers in the Pros

San Francisco has promoted Chris Maragos from its practice squad to its active roster.
  • SFGate.com: 49ers coach downplays interest in Merriman

Chris Chambers missed Sunday's game due to a finger injury.
  • KansasCity.com: Chambers, Lewis inactive for Chiefs

Chris Pressley was made inactive for Sunday's game.
  • MSNBC.com: Williams starting, Blount out for Bucs

DeAndre Levy missed his third straight game due to injury on Sunday.
  • ESPN.com: Briggs, Matthews unlikely

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Photo of the DayRB John Clay runs the ball during the Badgers' win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@Biddy_Martin  |  Heard J.J. Watt on ESPN College Football during my break. What a great combination of passion, intelligence, and humility.
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 Note of the Day

John Clay and James White are one of just two running back duos in the country to each average at least 80.0 yards per game. Their 1,356 combined rushing yards is the best in the country among RB tandems.

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Monday, Oct. 18

The Wisconsin football team knocked off the No. 1 team in the country for the fourth time in its history with a 31-18 win over top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday night. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, postgame 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

"The Badgers literally took [Lee Evans'] words to heart during a convincing 31-18 win over Ohio State. The loudest statement was made by the UW offensive line, in particular, the tag-team combination of left tackle Gabe Carimi and left tackle John Moffitt," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Offensive line paves way for win
  • Madison.com: Offensive line leads the way for Clay, White
  • JSOnline.com: Blue-collar blueprint pays big dividends for Badgers

"Running downfield to cover a punt during Tuesday's practice, Kyle Wojta, the UW long snapper, felt something that every athlete fears. "I felt two pops in my knee," he said. While planting his foot to make a cut, Wojta tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee," according to Mike Lucas. Wojta was still able to serve as long snapper on extra points and field goals against Ohio State.
  • UWBadgers.com: Wojta still snaps, despite 'pop' in knee
  • Yahoo.com: Wojta tears ACL, still plays

In case you didn't get a chance to see it on ESPN's GameDay, here's the story of Scott Tolzien and Jaxon Hinkens. Also, it was reported on GameDay that Jaxson is now cancer-free.
  • ESPN.com: The meaning of friendship Small Video Graphic
  • JSOnline.com: Update on Jaxson Hinkens -- Thumbs up!

"Knowing top-ranked Ohio State was coming to Camp Randall Stadium Saturday night, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez took the unusual step of addressing the football team earlier in the week," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Alvarez to UW players: Carpe diem  |  Wisconsin reaches higher level with win over OSU

"In an age of spread-out, hurried-up offenses, the Badgers had just toppled the nation's top-ranked team with smashmouth football. FieldTurf has turned three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust into three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-rubber-pellets, but nothing has replaced the satisfaction of lining up across from an opponent, announcing a plan to run the ball straight at him and then burying him," writes Andy Staples.
  • SI.com: Badgers' reliance on power game a smash hit
  • Madison.com: Badgers defeat a demon in beating top-ranked team

"One of the unwritten rules of the game goes like this: You never, ever, go up 21 points at home against the nation's top-ranked team while pounding it into the carpet, and then it slip away. But that's exactly the prospect Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was facing with 11½ minutes left at Camp Randall Stadium: How to wrestle that ranking and momentum away from the Buckeyes," writes Dennis Dodd.
  • CBSSports.com: Badgers use un-Badger-like strategy to pull upset

"The 18th-ranked Badgers knew exactly what they had to do against top-ranked Ohio State when the Big Ten Conference powers met under the really bright lights Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium," according to Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: Badgers play complete game in win over Buckeyes

"The plan coming in was to pressure [Terrelle] Pryor as much as possible, but in a controlled manner. Pryor is at his most dangerous on scrambles and broken plays, when he can use his incredible athleticism," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Key to success -- pressure Pryor and contain his receivers
  • JSOnline.com: Buckeyes' Pryor's second visit not pleasant

"It's one thing to have the heart ripped out of your season a week into your reign as No. 1. It's another to have the extraction come on the opening kickoff, and then have it shoved down your throat for the next 60 minutes," writes Matt Hinton.
  • Yahoo.com: Wisconsin brings the lumber, another No. 1 bites the dust

"University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema made his first victory over a top-10 opponent a doozy. The Badgers' 31-18 win over top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday night capped an emotional day for Bielema, who had lost four previous games against top-10 opponents and six straight against ranked Big Ten Conference opponents," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Bielema's night is rewarding, from start to finish

 Morning Newsstand

UWBadgers.com has scoured the World Wide Web to find the best video features for Badger fans to enjoy as they look back on this historic game.
  • UWBadgers.com: Oh, what a night!

"The University of Wisconsin football team's 31-18 victory over top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday night might have shocked the rest of the college football world. But for the Badgers players and coaches, the most important victory in Bret Bielema's five years as head coach was a testament to the values of the program," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers show they can beat best in win over No. 1 Buckeyes  |   Grades  |  Post-game reaction Small Video Graphic  |  Gametracker

"Jay Valai had won a lot of games and delivered a lot of bone-crushing hits in his Wisconsin career. But he'd never experienced this: swarms of students descending on the field at Camp Randall Stadium after a signature win, grabbing players "in bad spots," as he'd later say," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Belief helps Badgers finally win the big one  |  Instant analysis  |  Helmet stickers  |  What we learned  |  Power rankings

"America saw the Wisconsin football team coach Bret Bielema and his players envisioned back in preseason camp in August," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers shock No. 1 Ohio State  |  Badger report  |  Report Card

"David Gilreath set the tone for a Wisconsin team desperate to get over the Ohio State hurdle with a 97-yard kickoff on the game's opening play. By the time it was over, ten's of thousand's of his closest friends joined him on the field in one of the biggest celebrations Camp Randall Stadium has ever seen," Tom Lea writes.
  • Yahoo.com: Badgers stun No. 1 Buckeyes  Fans flood field after win

"Just as there is no one reason Wisconsin beat No. 1 Ohio State Saturday, there is no one word the Badgers used to describe the 31-18 win," writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers teach No. 1 OSU how to Bucky  |  On biggest stage, Badgers prevail

"Ohio State is one and done as No. 1, after Wisconsin bullied the Buckeyes all over the field then celebrated by jumping around on it with a few thousand friends," writes Ralph D. Russo.
  • AP.org: No. 18 Wisconsin upsets No. 1 Ohio State, 31-18

"Riding the wave of emotion that swept through Madison the entire day, the much-maligned special teams brought the crowd into hysteria early, as David Gilreath followed a huge block by Bradie Ewing en route to a 99-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff," Max Sternberg writes.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers break top-ranked Buckeyes 31-18  |  Absolute insanity

 Observing Ohio State

"An Ohio State game hadn't felt like this since "41-14," since the undefeated No. 1 Buckeyes were dismantled by the Florida Gators in a national championship loss after the 2006 season that created a numeric shorthand for OSU pain," says Doug Lesmerises.
  • Cleveland.com: One and done  |  Best and worst  |  Report card  |  Stunning dose of domination

"Wisconsin didn't merely deflate Ohio State's national title hopes last night - it jackhammered them," says Ken Gordon.
  • Dispatch.com: Badger bait  |  Badgers pass at right time  |  Rocky road game for Pryor  |  Bottom line  |  Notes  | Opposite sideline

"One week. That's how long the Ohio State Buckeyes' reign atop the college football world lasted. Their short-lived rule came to a crashing halt Saturday night in a 31-18 loss to No. 18 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.," Zack Meisel writes.
  • TheLantern.com: One and done  |  Badgers' backs run wild  |  No second chances for OSU  | Another big game, another big struggle

 Badgers in the Pros

Travis Beckum caught the first touchdown of his career in a 28-20 win for the New York Giants over Detroit.
  • NFL.com: Beckum's touchdown Small Video Graphic

Owen Daniels caught a season-high five passes for 79 yards in Houston's 35-31 win over Kansas City.
  • NFL.com: Houston 35, Kansas City 31

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayFans celebrate after the Badgers' win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2010 (David Stluka photo).

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@JJWatt99 |  Thank You Badger Fans!!! You were unbelievable tonight!!! #OnWisconsin
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 Note of the Day

Not counting the two end-of-game possessions when UW knelt on the ball to kill the clock, the Badgers have posted touchdowns on their last 23 trips inside the red zone (3 vs. Ohio State, 6 vs. Minnesota, 2 vs. Michigan State, 9 vs. Austin Peay, 2 vs. Arizona State and 1 vs. San Jose State). Their TD percentage of 80.6 inside the red zone is second-best in the country. Last year, UW set a school record by scoring touchdowns on 75.0 percent of its red zone trips.

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