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Defense dominates in Spring Game victory



April 23, 2011

White 29, Cardinal 27
2011 Wisconsin Football Spring Game
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wis.
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 • Rushing: James White - 8 Car, 47 Yds, 5.9 Avg
 • Passing: Jon Budmayr - 10-23, 113 Yds
 • Receiving: Jason Hengel - 4 Rec, 62 Yds
 • Defense: David Gilbert - 6 Tkl, 2 TFL, Sk
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
Defensive points (7)
CAR 00:00 Philip Welch 28 FG
WHT 00:00 Alec Lerner 33 FG
00:00 Philip Welch 33 FG
WHT 00:00 Alec Lerner 36 FG
CAR 00:00 Philip Welch 43 FG
WHT 00:00 Alec Lerner 34 FG
CAR 00:00 Philip Welch 58 FG
 Second Quarter
CAR 8:24 Kyle French 44 FG
 Third Quarter
WHT 12:00
Defensive points (7)
00:00 Philip Welch 27 FG
WHT 00:00 Kyle French 25 FG
00:00 Philip Welch 33 FG
WHT 00:00 Kyle French 33 FG
CAR 00:00 Philip Welch 42 FG
CAR 00:00 Philip Welch 61 FG
 Fourth Quarter
 No scoring
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MADISON, Wis. -- Defense dominated the day as the Wisconsin football team closed out spring practice Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Badgers' defensive unit, playing as the White team, held the Cardinal squad composed of the UW offense to a single field goal during the run of play and eeked out a 29-27 win in the 2011 Wisconsin Football Spring Game.

"One thing I wanted to do was make it competitive, and I wanted to get a good work day today. I thought we worked," head coach Bret Bielema said. "I thought we were playing pretty clean ... from what we've felt has been able to make us have success, that happened today."

The White squad benefitted from a rule that spotted the defense seven points at the beginning of each half, but the team did its part to earn those points with its play on the field.

Kyle French's 44-yard field goal at the 8:24 mark of the second quarter marked the only points allowed by the White team in a dominant effort. The game's remaining points were tallied during rapid-fire field goal contests held after the first and third quarters.

Philip Welch, playing for Cardinal, drilled each of his four attempts in both rapid-fire sessions to account for 24 of his team's points. Welch's performance included a 58-yard boot following the first quarter and a 61-yard kick after the third period.

French and Alec Lerner split the kicking duties for the White squad in the rapid-fire sessions and combined to split the uprights on five of their eight attempts.

Cardinal found the going slow against a defensive unit that combined for eight tackles-for-loss and racked up five quarterback sacks. The White team also picked off three passes and allowed the Cardinal QBs to convert just 36 percent of their attempts.

Defensive backs Devin Smith and A.J. Fenton and linebacker Ben Ruechel each made an interception.

DB Peniel Jean led the way with nine tackles, while defensive linemen David Gilbert and Louis Nzegwu each had two tackles-for-loss and a sack.

In addition to the three forced interceptions, Marcus Trotter also froced a fumble that Kyle Costigan recovered to run White's turnover count to four.

"I feel like we took a lot of good steps and have been this spring," Gilbert said. "We take steps every week. This isn't just a show day for our fans.

"We appreciate our fans and give them a good show by competing very hard today and trying to get better."

On the other side, Cardinal split carries among four tailbacks, with sophomore James White's 47 yards leading the way. Junior Montee Ball and senior Zach Brown each ran for 33 yards, with redshirt freshman Jeffrey Lewis picking up 26.

"There's a lot of room for improvement," White said. "There obviously weren't any touchdowns. We'll grind it out during the summer and during fall camp until we are ready for that first game.

"I think we need to run more physical. Coach (Thomas) Hammock has been stressing that to us the whole spring. As soon as he came in he told us what we needed to get better at."

There were struggles through the air for the Cardinal squad, but starting quarterback Jon Budmayr threw for 113 yards and true freshman Joel Stave went 8-for-15 for 77 yards.

On the receiving end, redshirt freshman Jacob Hengel led the way with four catches for 62 yards, while sophomore Manasseh Garner hauled in four balls for 57 yards.

"There was some good and some bad," Budmayr said. "The biggest thing is to learn from the bad and carry it forward into the summer and fall camp. It's April right now, and we're fortunate it is because we still have a lot to go and a lot of room to improve before fall camp starts."

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