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Game Notes: Wisconsin vs. Iowa



Oct. 23, 2010

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Team Notes
•    With the Wisconsin win, the Badgers and Hawkeyes are now tied 42-42-2 in the all-time series.

•    For the sixth time in eight games this season, Wisconsin scored the first time it touched the ball. Today the Badgers drove 70 yards in 15 plays, consuming 8:09 and culminating in a 33-yard field goal by Phillip Welch.

•    The Badgers also scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession of the second half, marking the sixth time in eight games they have gotten points on their first possession after the break.

•    The Badgers have 18 scoring drives of at least 70 yards this season and 13 of at least 10 plays. Wisconsin’s four qualifying scoring drives today were:
- 15 plays, 70 yards, 8:09 (FG)
- 10 plays, 59 yards, 5d:20 (TD)
- 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:27 (TD)
- 15 plays, 80 yards, 7:29 (TD)

•    Wisconsin was successful on all three of its fourth-down attempts. The Badgers were just 1-of-3 on fourth downs entering Saturday’s game.

•    UW trailed 30-24 in the fourth quarter before coming back to win 31-30. That marked the Badgers’ first fourth-quarter comeback win since coming back to beat Cal Poly 36-35 in overtime on Nov. 22, 2008. This is Wisconsin’s first fourth-quarter comeback win over Iowa since 1969, when the Badgers overcame a 17-0 hole to win 23-17.

•    Wisconsin led the time of possession category by a 33:12 to 26:48 margin. The Badgers are 6-0 when winning that statistic this season.

Individual Notes
•    Redshirt freshman DT Ethan Hemer recorded his first career start, substituting for Jordan Kohout (ankle). Hemer posted a career-best 6 tackles.

•    DE J.J. Watt blocked an extra point following Iowa’s first touchdown. It was the third blocked kick of Watt’s career (tied for third in school history) and second this season (he blocked a FG earlier this season against San Jose State and a FG last year vs. Michigan). It was the Badgers’ second blocked extra point of the season (Jay Valai vs. Arizona State).

•    Watt also recorded two tackles for loss and a sack on the game’s final drive. Watt now has 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks on the season.

•    Junior TE Jake Byrne recorded his first career catch with a 9-yard reception on the first play of the second quarter. He added a 3-yard catch in the third quarter.

•    FB Bradie Ewing caught his second career touchdown pass, a 7-yarder in the second quarter. Ewing now has four career TDs on 10 career touches (six carries, four receptions).

•    Sophomore RB Montee Ball established a new career with five catches for 41 yards.

•    A total of 10 different players caught passes for UW, including two players with their first catches of the season (Byrne and Clay).

•    Junior RB John Clay scored two rushing TDs in the third quarter. He has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season and ranks fourth in UW history with 40 rushing scores.

•    Junior kicker Philip Welch scored seven points on four extra points and one field goal. He now has 259 career points, passing Anthony Davis for sixth in school history.

•    Junior Brad Nortman recorded his first career carry with a 17-yard fake punt rush on fourth-and-four in the fourth quarter.

•    Senior CB Niles Brinkley a career-high with 8 tackles.

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