Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. Oregon State




Sept. 10, 2011

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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. Oregon State
Sept. 10, 2011
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.

Team Notes
•    The Badgers have now started 2-0 each season since 2002 (10 straight years). If USC wins tonight, it will be the only other team in the country that can make that claim.

•    Wisconsin has won 30 straight regular-season games against non-conference foes. Under head coach Bret Bielema, UW is 22-0 against non-conference opponents during the regular season.

•    UW has won 22 straight home games against non-conference foes.

•    Wisconsin claimed its 11th-straight win at Camp Randall Stadium overall. That is tied for the fifth-longest streak in school history.

•    The Badgers have won their last five games against Pac-12 foes, dating back to a Sept. 1, 2001 loss to No. 7 Oregon.

•    After converting just 2-of-5 third downs against UNLV, Wisconsin started today’s game 8-of-10 on third down and finished 8-of-15 on the day.

•    Oregon State ran for 266 yards in its season opener, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, UW limited the Beavers to 23 yards on 24 carries, an average of 0.96 yards per carry.

•    Wisconsin has not committed a turnover at home since the second quarter of the Ohio State game on Oct. 16, 2010, a span of four-and-a-half games.

•    With the 35-0 win, the Badgers recorded their first shutout since a 37-0 over Purdue on Oct. 31, 2009. Today also marks the third time UW has shut out its opponent under Bret Bielema (also a 14-0 win over San Diego on Sept. 16, 2006).

•    The Badgers’ defense posted 10 pass break-ups on the day, the most in a game since recording 11 on Aug. 23, 2002 in a 23-21 over Fresno State at Camp Randall Stadium. Last season, Wisconsin’s single-game high for passes defensed was six on Sept. 4 at UNLV and Sept. 25 vs. Austin Peay.

Individual Notes
•    WR Nick Toon finished the game with a career-high seven catches for 69 yards and one TD. That gives him 116 catches, 1,644 yards and nine touchdowns in his career. He ranks ninth in career receptions and 10th on UW’s career receiving yardage chart.

•    TE Jacob Pedersen has 16 career receptions, and five of them have been for touchdowns. Today was the first two-TD game of his career. Pedersen had career highs in both receptions (6), yards (80) and touchdowns (2). His 34-yard reception in the fourth quarter was also a career long.

•    Today was the 13th time in QB Russell Wilson’s 38 career starts that he has thrown for at least three TDs in a game. He tossed two TDs in his Badgers debut against UNLV. The last time a Badgers quarterback threw at least two TD passes in consecutive games was Scott Tolzien against Michigan and Northwestern on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, 2009.

•    Wilson finished the game 17-for-21 for 189 yards and 3 TDs -- a pass efficiency rating of 203.7.  In his two games as a Badger, he is 27-of-34 for 444 yards with 5 TDs. That equals a pass efficiency rating of 237.6. He has had a hand in 6 of Wisconsin’s 12 TDs this season (5 passing, 1 rushing).

•    RB Montee Ball has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last eight games. Over his last six games, he has scored 18 touchdowns (18 rushing, one receiving). His 27 career rushing TDs (in 23 career games) ranks seventh in UW history.

•    Ball went over the 100-yard mark for the sixth time in his last seven games. He is averaging 136.9 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry over that span (958 yards on 142 carries entering today)

•    LB Chris Borland made nine tackles, his most since setting a career high with 11 against Michigan on Nov. 14, 2009.

•    Junior CB Marcus Cromartie entered today’s game with seven career tackles. He equaled that total with a career-high seven stops today, filling in for senior CB Devin Smith after Smith was injured in the first half.

•    Sophomore DL Beau Allen recorded his first career sack Saturday.

•    Junior DB Shelton Johnson posted the first three tackles-for-loss of his career. He finished with a career-best six tackles on the day.

•    Senior P Brad Nortman punted four times vs. Oregon State for an average of 45.8 yards per punt. He has now punted six times this season and has not had one returned.

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