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• Week 10: Purdue (Nov. 1-5)
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Friday, Oct. 29

The No. 9 Wisconsin football team is on a bye this week. The Badgers return to action on Nov. 6 at Purdue. Game time and channel are still to be determined.

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

Wisconsin senior quarterback Scott Tolzien has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, the NFF announced Wednesday. Tolzien was one of 16 student-athletes selected from a candidate pool of 121 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.
  • UWBadgers.com: Tolzien named NFF Scholar-Athlete

"Perhaps no UW player is reveling in the bye week more so than junior punter Brad Nortman, whose epic fake led to the winning touchdown last Saturday at Iowa," writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Nortman

"Sure, the Badgers would need some help. Lots of help. But don't count them out of the national title game chase yet. So says Jerry Palm, the pre-eminent BCS guru, who broke down a number of scenarios Wednesday night in an interview with Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network," says Adam Mertz.
  • Madison.com: Don't count Badgers out of national title hunt, BCS expert says

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 Badgers in the Pros

"It's hard to see the Green Bay Packers yanking rookie Bryan Bulaga from the starting lineup whenever Mark Tauscher returns from his shoulder injury," says Pete Dougherty. Bulaga will start this weekend even though Tauscher has returned to practice.
  • GreenBayPressGazette.com: Bulaga playing way into starting spot
  • JSOnline.com: Packers' Nance awaits his turn

O'Brien Schofield might be activated for week eight.
  • ESPN.com: Steve Breaston will return vs. Bucs

As [Jim Leonhard] prepares for Green Bay, NewYorkJets.com traces back to his Wisconsin roots and watches him star at UW.
  • NewYorkJets.com: Four Quarters: Jim Leonhard Small Video Graphic

Matt Shaughnessy suffered a concussion last week against Denver, but has returned to practice and could play this week against Seattle.
  • IBABuzz.com: Thursday notes

Michael Bennett strained his hamstring against Denver last weekend, but has returned to practice in a limited capacity.
  • FootballNewsNow.com: Murphy's impairment unknown

"Fabian Washington didn't have to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames after being scorched by speedy Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans. It only felt that way for the Baltimore Ravens' cornerback," writes Aaron Wilson.
  • CarrollCountyTimes.com: Evans torches secondary
  • BuffaloBills.com: Bills wideouts emerging

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLB Mike Taylor (53) makes the game-clinching tackle on Iowa's Adam Robinson (32) as DB Jay Valai (2) and DB Antonio Fenelus (26) look on during the Badgers' game at Iowa on Oct. 23, 2010.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 |  Anyone stopping out at Kids Day at the Kohl Center today? I'm gonna be out there for an hour or so, lookin forward to seeing everyone!
Posted Oct. 29 at 8:44 a.m.

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

Badger fan Phillip Sweeney in response to 'Tolzien named NFF Scholar-Athlete' ... "We have a great team not only on the field but off of it as well keep it up guys"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

In the last two seasons (21 games), Wisconsin has allowed just three running backs to gain 100 yards. Fresno State's Ryan Matthews, who led the country in rushing in 2009, gained 107 yards on Sept. 12, 2009, Arizona State's Deandre Lewis had 122 yards in week three and Iowa's Adam Robinson had 114 yards last week.


Thursday, Oct. 28

The No. 9 Wisconsin football team is on a bye this week. The Badgers return to action on Nov. 6 at Purdue. Game time and channel are still to be determined.

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

"Despite scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Hawkeyes and being named the team's co-offensive MVP with quarterback Scott Tolzien, [Montee] Ball realizes that there are no guarantees of a job. Especially since he's still the third tailback behind John Clay and James White," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Ball keeps Badgers moving by 'not going anywhere'

"After practice, he is sweaty and exhausted. His jersey is soaked. His taped hands, raw. His once shiny white helmet bears a plethora of scuff marks in more colors than he could count with his two massive hands. If the diversity of colors were meant to represent the variety of roles redshirt senior Bill Nagy has held, it would be a fitting metaphor," says Tom Guthrie.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Multiple positions, multiple roles for selfless Nagy

"In eight days, the fifth-year coach [Bret Bielema] shed the perception that he couldn't win the biggest games. Now, Bielema's profile is rising and his ninth-ranked Badgers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) are battle tested," Colin Fly writes.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin's Bielema changing perceptions

Montee Ball's stock is up in Adam Rittenberg's latest Big Ten stock report.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten stock report -- Week 9  |  10/27 Chat

"If the Badgers finish in a three-way tie for first place at 7-1 with Michigan State and Ohio State, they could lose out on a BCS berth," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers not done worrying about Ohio State

"If you could use DNA to compare Wisconsin's recent victories over Ohio State and Iowa, you might get an irrefutable match," writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: This pattern is one they love

"What Big Ten officials are trying to decide is how the championship game will evolve after next season. University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez recently outlined the primary questions related to that process," in this story by Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Outdoor title game is too risky, Alvarez says

"It still remains to be seen where the Badgers end up after the clock hits zero in the Northwestern game. Maybe they're 11-1, maybe they lose one or two of these next four games. Some people still might be asking, "What if we had beaten MSU?" The answer? We wouldn't be savoring two signature wins, and we would never have found out how good this team can be," according to Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: MSU loss was blessing in disguise

"Two weeks ago, with one conference loss already in hand, Ohio State and Iowa looming on the schedule and nary a complete performance to speak of, any bowl discussion among Badger fans likely started closer to Insight than BCS. Nothing like two season-defining wins to spice things up a little," says Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Still potential for misfies, but BCS berth attainable

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 Badgers in the Pros

"Late Sunday afternoon, [Jim] Leonhard hopes that most of Wisconsin will be mourning a loss by their favorite pro sports team after the Jets and the Packers battle. This will be the second time Leonhard, a six-year veteran, will face the Packers and the first time as a Jet and a defensive regular," says Eric Allen.
  • NewYorkJets.com: Leonhard -- Big Cheese in Wis. but no Packers fan

As expected, Chris Maragos has re-signed with San Francisco and was placed on the team's practice squad.
  • 49ers.com: 49ers re-sign S Maragos to practice squad

Matt Shaughnessy was a guest on the Silver and Black Show.
  • YouTube.com: Matt Shaughnessy talks w/ Greg Papa Small Video Graphic

Joe Thomas spoke with the media on Wednesday.
  • ClevelandBrowns.com: Joe Thomas interview Small Video Graphic

"[DeAndre] Levy participated in the individual portion of practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a sprained ankle in a Week 3 loss to the Vikings. He missed the first two games of the season with a groin injury and sat out part of training camp with a sore back. He appears on track to return for Sunday's game against the Redskins, though coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of declaring that to be the case," writes Dave Birkett.
  • FreeP.com: Hurt Lions LB Levy on track for return

"Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Chris Chambers' strong play in the second half of last season earned him a new three-year, $15 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. But he's not having the same kind of impact so far this season and didn't even suit up for the team's last two games because of a coaching decision," writes Dennis Georgatos.
  • Fanhouse.com: Chambers looks to rebound from dislocated finger

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien throws a pass against Iowa on Oct. 23.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenScott  |  Bielema on DE JJ Watt - heavily involved in community service, very giving of time, incredible kid with GPA over 3.5, true joy to be around
Posted Oct. 26 at 11:53 a.m.

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

Badger fan Steven Bailey Loritz in response to 'Dayne unveiled as 'Big Ten Icon' No. 13' ... "got to see ron break the college rushing record live at camp randall! much love ron dayne #33 congratulations! You were the best!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

UW is one of just six teams in the country to have averaged at least 200.0 yards rushing per game in each of the last three seasons (2007 - 200.8, 2008 - 211.2 and 2009 - 203.8). Nevada, Air Force, Navy, Oregon and Florida are the others. Wisconsin is 24-2 under head coach Bret Bielema when running for at least 200 yards.


Wednesday, Oct. 27

The No. 9 Wisconsin football team is on a bye this week. The Badgers return to action on Nov. 6 at Purdue. Game time and channel are still to be determined.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Iowa victory as well as the team's bye week.

•  Watch archived video of Bielema's press conference Small Video Graphic  |  Transcript

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

"Redshirt junior offensive tackle Josh Oglesby, who has been hampered by knee injures during his time at Wisconsin, faces a recovery period of at least three months in the wake of his latest injury," writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Oglesby faces 3 to 4 months of rehab after surgery

"UW coach Bret Bielema went out of his way at a news conference Tuesday to say he expects [Josh] Oglesby to return to full strength and have a big senior season," says Tom Mulhern in his notes column.
  • Madison.com: An unfulfilled season for Oglesby and now it's over

"Rather than getting caught up in all of the hype, the Badgers are seeing their bye week as a chance to rest, heal and prepare for the final stretch of regular season games," says Connor Buerosse.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers use bye week to heal

James White leads in Adam Rittenberg's Big Ten Freshman of the Year race, while J.J. Watt is second for defense and John Clay is third for offense.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten awards update -- Week 9

Associated Press Sports Writer Colin Fly took time to talk with Benjamin Worgull of FoxSportsWisconsin.com to assess the Badgers' status on a national scale.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: National perspective on Badger buzz

"Jump Around" was chosen as one of the 12 best unofficial fight songs in college football.
  • AP.org: Dandy Dozen -- Unofficial fight songs

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 Badgers in the Pros

"The 49ers waived safety Chris Maragos, who took part in a community event yesterday for the team, and signed CB Tramaine Brock off the practice squad. That means they have an opening on the practice squad, which likely will go to Maragos if he passes through waivers," writes Matt Barrows.
  • SacBee.com: Surprise -- Troy Smith to start at QB for 49ers

Chris Pressley was released by Tampa Bay on Saturday, but he was in with Cincinnati for a tryout on Tuesday.
  • TBO.com: Bucs sign rookie guard, release reserve FB Pressley
  • Cincinnati.com: Adam Jones sent to injured reserve list

"The goal is to have DeAndre Levy back at starting middle linebacker for the next game on Oct. 31 against the Washington Redskins," says Paula Pasche.
  • DailyTribune.com: Carpenter's multi-dimensional skills are key

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin running back John Clay celebrates with fans after his team's 31-30 victory over Iowa.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenScott  |  WIS RB and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne has been named "Big Ten Icon" No. 13 by the Big Ten Network - www.BigTenIcons.com
Posted Oct. 27 at 8:40 a.m.

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

Badger fan Kurt Kayser in response to '#13 Wisconsin football 31 at #15 Iowa 30 Final' ... "Awesome game Bucky!! Great Big 10 game on both sides...sorry there had to be a loser but glad we came out on top. Solid victory with key injuries on offense...and some good play calling and gambling on 4th down in the 4th qtr. BADGERS ROCK!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

UW is 7-1 for the first time since 2006, head coach Bret Bielema's first season. The Badgers finished that season with a school-record 12 wins and ranked fifth in the country.


Tuesday, Oct. 26

The No. 9 Wisconsin football team is on a bye this week. The Badgers return to action on Nov. 6 at Purdue. Game time and channel are still to be determined.

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

"As special as the victory against Ohio State will always be, perhaps last week's effort at Iowa trumped it. It is the perfect example of what a coach means when you hear the words 'find a way to win,'" writes Matt Lepay.
  • UWBadgers.com: Tolzien's timely toss set stage for 'instant classic'  |  Watt and Nortman earn Big Ten Weekly honors

"Wisconsin's J.J. Watt has always wanted to be a Badger. Learn how he made his wish come true," in this video piece by the Big Ten Network.
  • BigTenNetwork.com: Meet Wisconsin's Watt Small Video Graphic
  • UWBadgers.com: Watt picks up second straight Lott IMPACT POW Award

"Not only did Chryst bust out the [empty backfield] formation - which featured five eligible receivers spread out near the line of scrimmage and nobody in the backfield - in the 31-30 victory over Iowa on Saturday, he turned to it in several key situations," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Empty design full of magic

"The season is over for Wisconsin reserve offensive tackle Josh Oglesby, a redshirt junior from St. Francis High School who has been hampered by knee problems," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Oglesby will miss rest of UW's season  |  Badgers roundtable - Iowa/Purdue

Adam Hoge breaks down two key plays from Wisconsin's win. First he looks at a block thrown by Gabe Carimi and John Clay's touchdown run on fourth-and-one, then Hoge looks at the fake punt.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Monday film session: Fake punt and huge block

In his Week 8/Week 9 preview, Adam Rittenberg calls Wisconsin the team of the week and the game against Iowa as the best game. In addition, Brad Nortman's fake punt goes down as one of the biggest plays and earns a specialist spotlight. J.J. Watt and Scott Tolzien earn game balls.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten Week 8 rewind/Week 9 preview

"After Wisconsin's heart-stopping 31-30 triumph over Iowa Saturday and its seismic upset of Ohio State the weekend before, Bret Bielema & Co. have completed the first phase of transforming UW's football program -- going from good to great," writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW's keys to running the table  |  Grades

"Anytime the Wisconsin football team travels its allowed to bring 70 players along for the trip. During Saturday's 31-30 win, it seemed like most of those 70 players contributed to the win. With a multitude of injury, there's no question the bye week is arriving at the perfect time," says Tom Lea.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Injuries stack up in win  |  Hot 11

"[Gabe Carimi] has shut down top defensive talent in consecutive games and deservedly is watching his draft stock rise," says Tony Pauline.
  • SI.com: Back-to-back big games raise profile of Carimi

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 Badgers in the Pros

Casey Rabach reviews Chicago deep-dish pizza following last week's trip to the Windy City.
  • Redskins.com: Rabach And Montgomery review some Chicago pizza

Chris Chambers has been a healthy scratch the past two weeks and is growing frustrated with his role.
  • KansasCity.com: Chambers 'frustrated' by being inactive

"O'Brien Schofield stepped on a practice field [last] week. That in itself is an accomplishment," writes Greg Bedard.
  • JSOnline.com: Schofield finds way to field

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayJ.J. Watt (99) blocks an extra point against Iowa on Oct. 23, 2010. (Neil Ament photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@MarcMorehouse  |  Going into last week, Iowa hadn't allowed a scoring drive of more than 4:49. UW notched four longer than that.
Posted Oct. 25 at about 10:20 p.m.

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

Badger fan Randy Lee in response to 'Wisconsin postgame player reactions vs. Iowa' ... "What a tremendous team effort! I couldn't be happier for these boys. Especially Brad and Montee. What awesome memories they are making! Montee stepped up like a champ! The clutch 4th down catch and that fight to get to the goal line! What a great kid! I hope they rest up and get ready for another fight - because you know they will have a target on their back the rest of the way. On Wisconsin!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

Pylon
 Note of the Day

In consecutive weeks, Wisconsin scored 31 points against both Ohio State and Iowa. Both teams had entered the respective games ranked sixth in the country in scoring defense, giving up less than 14.0 points per game. The Badgers are the first Big Ten team to score 30 or more points against OSU and Iowa in the same season since Wisconsin did so in 1999 (the last time UW won the Big Ten title).


Monday, Oct. 25

The then-No. 10 Wisconsin football team went into a hostile environment and topped No. 12 Iowa, 31-30, on Saturday, marking the first time since 2004 the Badgers won back-to-back games against ranked foes. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, postgame reactions, analysis and more.

Pylon
 Afternoon Newsstand

"Some players sulk and quit after they are replaced by another teammate. Montee Ball kept working hard so he'd be ready to help the University of Wisconsin football team when he got his chance," according to Rob Schultz.
  • Madison.com: Ball gets his chance and steps up
  • JSOnline.com: Sophomore Ball comes to Badgers' rescue

 "[J.J.] Watt made plays throughout the game that were huge difference-makers. The first was his block of Iowa freshman kicker Michael Meyer's extra point attempt after the Hawkeyes' first touchdown in the first quarter. That loomed large in the one-point margin of victory," writes Rob Schultz.
  • Madison.com: Watt is difference-maker in win

"Wisconsin showed it had the right reactions on Saturday. A few more weeks like this and the Badgers might find themselves in a BCS bowl game for the first time since Alvarez took them to the Rose Bowl following the 1999 season," writes Mark Schlabach.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin overcomes one more hurdle

"[Scott Tolzien] showed again how far he has come on Saturday in the 10th-ranked Badgers' 31-30 victory over No. 13 Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. Given what happened around him, with most of his top weapons lost due to injuries, it was probably the most remarkable performance of Tolzien's career," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Tolzien holds offense together

In this notes column, Tom Mulhern looks at the Badgers' decision to call a fake punt, J.J. Watt's blocked extra point and breaks down the team's injury situation.
  • Madison.com: Bielema shows with fake punt that he can be daring

"The University of Wisconsin football team couldn't be flying much higher going into this week's bye after two of the best back-to-back upset victories in program history," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Bielema says Badgers deserve a break
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers heading into break on a roll

"After seeing UW rally to hand No. 13 Iowa a 31-30 loss Saturday at Kinnick Stadium I can't think of a more impressive two-game stretch for the program," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW fans should savor remarkable sweep  |  For Badgers, all the pieces worked well

"Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema revealed Monday morning to a Madison-area radio station that redshirt junior offensive tackle Josh Oglesby will miss the remainder of the season because of persistent knee problems," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Oglesby to miss rest of season

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

"There was no shortage of inspirational storylines and Montee Ball might be at the top of list only because he stayed ready despite falling to No. 3 in the tailback rotation behind John Clay and [James] White," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Unlikely cast helped Badgers persevere

"After taking down top-ranked Ohio State a week ago, the University of Wisconsin football players wondered if they could top that moment. Seven days later, they did," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Hampered by injuries, UW rallies to stun Iowa  |  Grades  |  UW displays the guts of a contender  |  Gametracker

"An injury-depleted UW team that can best be described as indefatigable fashioned a gritty performance to stun the 13th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in front of a raucous crowd of 70,585," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Reserves step up as Badgers win at Iowa  |  Report card  |  Gutsy comeback makes Alvarez proud  |  Badger report

"Wisconsin got over one hump by beating top-ranked Ohio State last week. Saturday, Bret Bielema's Badgers got over another, beating No. 13 Iowa 31-30 on the road at Kinnick Stadium," writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW hangs on for win at Iowa  |  Guts lead to glory  |  With stars down, replacements rise

"Adversity tends to manifest itself on the road. Saturday afternoon in Iowa City proved no different for the Wisconsin Badgers, but a combination of gutsy play-calling, execution and an offensive drive that simply would not be denied carried the Badgers to their second statement win in as many weeks in a 31-30 thriller over the Iowa Hawkeyes," Parker Gabriel writes.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers overcome injuries, late deficit to beat Iowa  |  Badgers topple Iowa in classic grit match

"What a win for [Bret] Bielema, who now has beaten an elite team at home and on the road. The Badgers found a way despite two of their main playmakers -- [James] White and Lance Kendricks -- in street clothes with injuries," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Bielema's gamble works in huge win  |  Helmet stickers  |  What we learned  |  Power rankings  |  One good thing Small Video Graphic

"It was a game where UW had up to seven regular players miss game action with injuries, including key players like Nick Toon and Jordan Kohout. It was a game where Iowa seemed to be getting all the breaks on its home field. It was a game that, considering all the circumstances, many didn't think the Badgers could win. But they did," says Tom Lea.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Late heroics seal win for Badgers

"There were times earlier this season when Wisconsin didn't look all that remarkable. That's certainly changed the past two weeks. No. 9 Wisconsin put its upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State behind it with a gutsy 31-30 comeback win at Iowa on Saturday," says Luke Meredith.
  • AP.org: No. 9 Wisconsin gets statement win at Iowa

"What we witnessed Saturday at Kinnick Stadium was a complete and total 31-30 team victory over Iowa that started with the head coach, trickled down to his assistants, continued onto the starters and ended with a third-string running back and a punter," writes Adam Hoge.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Unlikely heroes steal one for banged-up Badgers

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 Hawkeye Handbook

"They are their own worst enemy. That's what eats you up from the inside, nibble by nibble. Wisconsin 31, Iowa 30 was the latest example, a failure of special teams, a failure of clock management, a comedy -- nay, tragedy -- of self-inflicted wounds and what-ifs," says Sean Keeler.
  • HawkCentral.com: What-ifs hard to stomach after wrenching loss  |  Can't focus on one play  |  Heartland Trophy to camp in Madison
  • HawkCentral.com: The fake punt that won the game  |  Mistakes haunt Hawkeyes  |  Defense trying to put out fire

"The premier one-on-one matchup Saturday pit Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn against Wisconsin left tackle Gabe Carimi in a battle of possible first-round NFL draft picks. Carimi, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 327 pounds, handled Clayborn for most of the game, something the Iowa senior All-American admitted afterward," writes Scott Dochterman.
  • TheGazette.com: Carimi tops Clayborn  |  Clayborn puts it on the D  |  Iowa's special teams remain toxic  |  It's all brass for Badgers

"Adrian Clayborn kept his answers short, but his thoughts were clear: Iowa's defense cost the Hawkeyes a chance at beating Wisconsin on Oct. 23," says Scott Miller.
  • DailyIowan.com: Iowa defense falters against Wisconsin  |  Time management costs Iowa  |  Rusty Toolbox staying put in Madison

"Adrian Clayborn, dejected as a senior defensive end could be, withdrew no emotion in pointing fingers. His blame was directed at himself and the 10 defenders around him," says Aaron Brenner.
  • HawkMania.com: Badgers upend Hawks  |  5 plays that changed the game  |  Report card

"Iowa lost by one point to Wisconsin Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, 31-30. The Badgers were as disciplined as they were determined, as smart as they were tough," according to Mike Hlas.
  • TheGazette.com: Gaffes galore -- mental and otherwise -- lead to Hawkeyes' ruin
  • HawkMania.com: This time, Hawkeyes make too many mistakes for win

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 Badgers in the Pros

Lee Evans matched a career-high with three touchdown receptions in Buffalo's 37-34 overtime loss to Baltimore. Evans finished with six catches for 105 yards.
  • NFL.com: Evans' 33-yard touchdown Small Video Graphic  |  Evans' 20-yard touchdown Small Video Graphic  |  Evans' 17-yard touchdown Small Video Graphic

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin players celebrate with the Heartland Trophy after their 31-30 win over Iowa.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 |  On Wisconsin!!! http://plixi.com/p/52493401
Posted Oct. 23 at 6:15 p.m.

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

Badger fan Denise Zygarlicke in response to '#13 Wisconsin football 31 at #15 Iowa 30 Final' ... "Great game, great coaching, great team! Just don't make it such a close win for the rest of the games, okay boys??? GO BUCKY!!! :-D"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin has defeated A.P. top-15 teams in consecutive weeks for just the second time in school history. The only other time was when the Badgers defeated No. 11 Rice and No. 5 Purdue in 1954. Auburn and Alabama are the only other schools in the country this season to defeat top-15 teams in consecutive weeks.


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