Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. South Dakota


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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin vs. South Dakota
Sept. 24, 2011
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.

Team Notes
•    Wisconsin has now started the season 4-0 for the third straight year. That is the longest streak of 4-0 starts since 1914-16.

•    UW has now won 32-straight non-conference games, dating back to the 2003 season. The Badgers have won all 24 regular-season non-conference games under Bret Bielema. That is the second-best start to a career for a Big Ten coach, surpassing Penn State’s Joe Paterno (23-0) and trailing only Fielding Yost’s 41-0 start at Michigan from 1901-06.

•    The Badgers have won their last 11 regular-season games, their longest streak since winning 13 in a row in 2006-07.

•    Wisconsin has won 12 straight homes games, tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history.

•    UW has won 23 straight non-conference home games.

•    The Badgers have won their last seven regular-season games by an average of 44.4 points.

•    Wisconsin is now 40-1 under Bret Bielema when scoring at least 30 points in a game and 21-0 when scoring at least 40 points.

•    UW has allowed only 34 total points this season, its best four-game start to a season since surrendering only 19 points in 2004.

•    The Badgers have given up 17 total points in their last three games, the team’s best three-game stretch since allowing 17 total points in wins over Arizona (9-7), Penn State (16-3) and Illinois (24-7) in 2004.

•    UW intercepted a pair of South Dakota passes, the Badgers’ first INTs since picking off four passes vs. Northwestern on Nov. 27, 2010.

•    A week after rolling up 621 yards of offense vs. Northern Illinois, Wisconsin churned out 612 total yards of offense Saturday. That marks the first time in school history that UW has posted back-to-back games with 600 yards of offense.

•    The UW defense allowed just 173 total yards to South Dakota, the team’s fewest allowed since Austin Peay posted 157 yards on Sept. 25, 2010.

•    Wisconsin gave up 124 yards rushing to South Dakota. Dating back to last season, UW had held its last four opponents under 100 yards rushing.

•    The Badgers relented just 49 yards passing to South Dakota, the team’s fewest allowed since giving up 45 yards to Wofford on Sept. 19, 2009.

Individual Notes
•    Senior WR Nick Toon tied a career high with seven catches for a career-best 155 yards and two TDs, his second career game with at least 100 receiving yards (123 yards at Indiana on Nov. 7, 2009). He is the 14th Badger to have at least 150 receiving yards in a game, and his total of 155 was the most by a UW player since Travis Beckum’s 160 yards at Illinois on Oct. 6, 2007.

•    Toon has now caught at least one TD pass in three straight games, the longest streak of his career. His 59-yard TD catch in the second quarter was the longest catch of his career. Toon’s five TD receptions this year are a career high. He needs just 106 yards to match his receiving yardage total of last season.

•    Wisconsin is now 9-0 in games when Toon scores a touchdown.

•    For his career, Toon has 128 catches for 1,874 yards and 13 TDs. He is just three catches behind his father, Al, for fourth place on UW’s all-time receptions list. He also ranks eighth in UW annals for career receiving yards and eighth in TDs.

•    Sophomore WR Jared Abbrederis recorded his first career 100-yard game, catching five passes for 101 yards with one TD.

•    Saturday's game marked the first time the Badgers had a pair of 100-yard receivers in the same contest since Paul Hubbard (134) and Travis Beckum (106) did it against Michigan on Nov. 10, 2007.

•    QB Russell Wilson completed 19-of-25 passes for 345 yards and three TDs. He is the fourth UW QB to throw for at least 300 yards in consecutive games, joining Randy Wright (3 times – Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12, 1983), Darrell Bevell (Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, 1995) and Jim Sorgi (Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, 2003). He is the first Badger to throw for at least 325 yards twice in the same season.

•    Wilson has thrown three touchdowns in each of the last three games and has 11 touchdown passes in four games this season. The school record for passing TDs in a season is 21.

•    RB Montee Ball has scored at least one touchdown in 10 consecutive games. Over those 10 games he has 25 totals TDs. John Clay also had a 10-game TD scoring streak from Oct. 31, 2009 through Sept. 25, 2010.

•    Sophomore RB James White’s 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest run by a Badger this season and the longest for UW since White’s 61-yard run against Michigan on Nov. 20, 2010.

•    Today was the second-straight game and seventh time in the last two seasons both Ball and White have scored TDs in the same game. Wisconsin is 7-0 in those games.

•    Freshman RB Jeffrey Lewis scored his first career touchdown on a 41-yard run. He finished with a five carries for a career-high 49 yards.

•    Freshman RB Melvin Gordon also recorded his first career touchdown on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 32 yards on eight carries.

•    Junior David Gilbert notched his third sack of the season and the fifth of his career.

•    Senior DT Patrick Butrym recorded his fourth career sack, coming on South Dakota’s opening drive. It was Butrym’s first sack since the game at Michigan last year.

•    Sophomore Beau Allen recorded his first career sack.

•    Junior SS Shelton Johnson recorded his first career interception and the first interception for the Badgers this season, picking off Dante Warren on the South Dakota’s second series of the game.

•    Sophomore LB Chris Borland’s first-quarter INT was the second of his career and the first since picking one off at Indiana on Nov. 7, 2009.

•    Sophomore WR Manasseh Garner made his first career reception, a 27-yard catch in the third quarter.

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