Nov. 13, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- So Wisconsin scored 83 points on Indiana Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium huh? Big deal, the Badgers scored 83 on the Hoosiers last year too… in basketball.
The view from the sidelines was probably the same as it was from the press box, your sofa at home or the corner bar. Wisconsin thoroughly whipped Indiana along the line of scrimmage and destroyed the Hoosiers will along the way.
The cold and rainy weather may not have been ideal conditions to watch a football game, but as far as Bret Bielema and the Badgers were concerned the weather was perfect.
Entering the game Indiana led the league in passing but was last in rushing. On the defensive side, the Hoosiers had been vulnerable to the run game, allowing almost 5.2 yards per carry. Combine those numbers with Mother Nature’s elements and you had a recipe for domination.
Wisconsin ran the ball to the tune of an incredible 7.2 yards per carry and limited Indiana’s pass-happy offense to just 149 yards through the air.
“We got beat in every way possible by a great football team,” Indiana coach Bill Lynch confirmed after the game.
As they have done seemingly every week, the Badgers opened the game with a bruising first drive resulting in a touchdown. This time Scott Tolzien turned and handed off to Montee Ball five straight times and watched him waltz through gaping holes and into the end zone.
Based on the running room Ball was able to find behind the UW offensive line, it was clear early on that this would be a long day for the IU defense.
THE GLOVES ARE OFF (AND THEN ON AGAIN)
Both teams warmed up in a steady rain prior to Saturday’s game and it appeared early on that a slick ball would be a major factor in the game. The ball slipped out of QBs’ hands and receivers’ grasps on numerous occasions, forcing the Badgers to make an adjustment.
Nearly every one of Wisconsin’s receivers and running backs removed their gloves and warmed up bare-handed – a rarity in football.
According to junior WR Nick Toon, the gloves UW receivers and running back wear get very slippery when wet, so it’s easier to play without them in those conditions.
As luck would have it, the rain stopped just prior to kickoff and the Wisconsin players put their gloves back on. Except for center Bill Nagy, who in a tribute to Michael Jackson, played with one glove on his non-snapping hand.
Ok, maybe it wasn’t a tribute to the King of Pop.
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema won’t allow his players to start thinking about the Rose Bowl just yet. Not with two difficult games remaining on the schedule.
That, however, won’t stop the UW fans from dreaming of Pasadena.
Midway through the second half, a pair of Pasadena representatives decked out in Rose Bowl blazers walked behind the Badger bench and were serenaded to a rousing ovation from the Red and White faithful in the stands.
Wisconsin hasn’t been to the Grandaddy of them all since the 1999 season when the Badgers won their second of back-to-back Rose Bowls.
After the 83-20 win over Indiana, Wisconsin fans are starting to dream of partying like its 1999.