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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. Northern Iowa



Sept. 1, 2012

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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Northern Iowa
Sept. 1, 2012
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.

Team Notes
• Wisconsin has now won 15 consecutive season openers.

• The Badgers extended their home winning streak to 17 games, the second-longest streak in school history.

• UW has now won 33 consecutive regular-season non-conference games.

• In the first half, Wisconsin held a time of possession average of 23:25-6:35. The Badgers ran 42 plays compared to just 15 for Northern Iowa. The Panthers managed just 47 yards of total offense.

• Northern Iowa’s 15 plays in the first half were the fewest run by a Badgers opponent in a half during the Bret Bielema era (2006-present).

• Wisconsin held UNI to just 41 yards rushing on 20 carries (2.0 avg.), marking the lowest total for a UW opponent since Oregon State ran for just 23 yards on 24 carries on Sept. 10, 2011.

Individual Notes
• Senior RB Montee Ball has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last 21 games (NCAA record is 27).

• Ball accounted for 151 yards of total offense, rushing for 121 yards and adding 31 receiving yards.

• Ball has now rushed for 100 or more yards in seven consecutive games and 17 times in his career.

• Ball’s touchdown was the 62nd of his career overall and the 55th rushing TD of his career, moving him into a tie with Michigan’s Anthony Thomas for fourth all-time on the Big Ten career list. Ohio State’s Pete Johnson is third on the list with 56 rushing touchdowns.

• Junior QB Danny O’Brien, in his first start as a Badger, went 19-of-23 for 219 yards and 2 TDs. He is the third straight QB to lead the Badgers to a victory in his first career start for UW.

• O’Brien’s pass efficiency of 191.29 is the second-best mark of a Badgers quarterback in his UW debut (minimum five completions), trailing only the mark of 292.46 by Russell Wilson in his Wisconsin debut in 2011.

• WR Jared Abbrederis scored the Badgers’ first touchdown of 2012 on a 10-yard pass from O’Brien. O’Brien and Abbrederis later hooked up on a 53-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter. It was Abbrederis’ second career two-TD game. He now has 13 career receiving TDs, putting him in 10th place all-time in UW history. He has caught a TD pass in four straight games, dating back to last season.

• Sophomore K Kyle French had the first multiple field goal game if his career, connecting from 32 and 35 yards out. He now has five career made field goals.

• Junior LB Chris Borland forced a fumble on Northern Iowa’s first possession. That extends his school record to 11 forced fumbles in his career. Erasmus James is second all-time in UW history with seven.

• Senior LB Mike Taylor, the Big Ten’s leading tackler last year, recorded a team-high 13 tackles. It was his eighth career double-digit tackle game.

• In his first career action, freshman Drew Meyer punted four times for an average of 41.8 yards.

• Freshman WR Jordan Fredrick caught two passes for 39 yards in his Badger debut.

• Freshman FB Derek Watt also had two catches in his Badger debut for a total of 14 yards.

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