The Wisconsin football team held its annual spring game in front of approximately 23,500 fans inside Camp Randall Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Cardinal team, which consisted of the No. 1 offense and defense, downed the White squad, 56-20.
postid=2103"> --> Read Justin Dohertys in-game blog from the press box in Camp Randall Stadium.
Allison Metcalf took a visit to the Kids Fair held in the McClimon Complex. You can read about her day sportid=200&storyid=17723"> --> here and see mid=3315"> --> video from the fair .
She also sportid=111&storyid=17727"> --> wrote about the solid play from Cardinal quarterbacks Dustin Sherer and Curt Phillips.
Dustin Sherer started at quarterback for the Cardinal team while Scott Tolzien got the start for the White squad. The Cardinal team jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after Sherer connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Graham. Shortly after, Tony Megna from the White team intercepted a Sherer pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. Pat Hughes made the extra point and the White team took the 14-7 lead into the second quarter. The White team received double points for all of its scores during the spring game (14 for touchdowns, six for field goals, two for extra points).
Before the second quarter, Philip Welch and Hughes kicked four field goals each in the rapid-fire kicking contest. Welch went 4-for-4 with a long of 42 yards while Hughes went 3-of-4 with a long of 27 yards.
The Cardinal squad re-gained the lead in the second quarter after Sherer capped off a five-play, 30-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Welch connected on the extra point to put the score at 18-17.
Redshirt freshman Curt Phillips took over for Sherer in the second quarter and scored a touchdown of his own on a 13-yard touchdown run. Welchs extra point put the score at 25-17 in favor of the Cardinal squad. Badger fans also got their first look at freshman Jon Budmayr when he took over for Tolzien in the second quarter.
Phillips then was part of the Cardinal teams third touchdown of the quarter as he hit Lance Kendricks for a 30-yard touchdown pass. That play capped-off an eight play, 75-yard drive to give Cardinal the 32-17 lead heading into halftime.
Phillips and Budmayr both started the third quarter. Devin Smith came up with an interception for the Cardinal on the White teams first drive of the quarter. On the Cardinal teams second drive, Phillips had another long throw, this time connecting with David Gilreath for a 41-yard reception. That pass then set up Zach Brown for his 1-yard touchdown run. Pat Hughes kicked the extra point for the Cardinal to put the score at 39-17.
Welch and Hughes did one final rapid-fire kicking contest and both went 3-of-4 to put the score at 42-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Welchs long was 55 yards while Hughes had a long of 32 yards.
In the fourth, Erik Smith had a 43-yard run which set up another Cardinal touchdown. Phillips found Nick Toon for a four-yard touchdown pass and another Welch extra point put the score at 49-20.
Tolzien then worked with the Cardinal squad and finished the day with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks to put the final score at 56-20.
The Cardinal team finished with 270 rushing yards, led by 110 for Brown. John Clay finished with 62 yards and Erik Smith totaled 66 yards while working with both the Cardinal and White squads.
In the air, the Cardinal team finished 20-of-33 while White was 5-of-19. Phillips and Sherer both finished with over 100 yards. Sherer went 6-of-9 for 101 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Phillips was 10-of-16 for 122 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Tolzien finished 5-of-14 for 52 yards while Budmayr was 0-for-5.
On the receiving end, Toon led all players with four catches for 62 yards. Kendricks finished with three catches for 56 yards and Kyle Jefferson also worked with the Cardinal team and had four grabs for 39 yards. The Cardinal team finished with 20 catches for 293 yards and four touchdowns while the White team had five grabs for 52 yards. T.J. Williams led the White team with two catches for 27 yards.
Kevin Rouse led all players with nine tackles while playing for the White team. Matthew Groff and Leonard Hubbard added seven each for the White team. The Cardinal squad finished with six sacks, two by OBrien Schofield, for a loss of 45 yards.
Final statistics are below (final score is incorrect due to game scoring rules)
- mid=3316"> --> Head coach Bret Bielema's post-game newsconference (video)
- sportid=111&storyid=17724"> --> Head coach Bret Bielema quotes
- mid=3314"> --> Archived Web stream of the 2009 Spring Game
- sportid=111&storyid=17725"> --> UW player quotes
- mid=3317"> --> UW player video interviews part 1 (Sherer, Moffitt, Phillips, Budmayr, Carimi)
- mid=3318"> --> UW player video interviews part 2 (Schofield, Watt, Welch, McFadden)
- mid=3315"> --> Video from Badger Sports Kids Fair
- mid=3319"> --> Game highlights
- typeid=3"> --> Photo gallery