October 12, 2008

Series by series: UW offense against PSU

MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers are hanging out with Purdue and Indiana as the bottom feeders in the Big Ten that have yet to record a conference victory. Obviously there have been many shortcomings across the board, but the UW offense has not developed any sort of chemistry midway through the season and it has put too much pressure on their defensive cohorts.

The following is a look back at UW's offensive series against PSU:

First quarter:

Drive No. 1: Started on own 15 yard line following opening kickoff
Plays: 3
Yards: 8
Result: 46-yard Brad Nortman punt.

Best play: A season ago, P.J. Hill fumbled on the first play of the game at Penn State. This season, he rushed to the far sideline for a seven-yard gain.

Worst play: Facing a third and one Hill got the carry and was immediately taken down in the backfield for a one yard loss.

Drive No. 2: Started on own 20 yard line following Jeremy Boone punt
Plays: 5
Yards: 17
Result: 15-yard Nortman punt.

Best play: Halfback John Clay took the handoff on second and six, found a seam, and rumbled for 12 yards giving the Badgers the first down.

Worst play: Obviously, UW was not intending to throw the ball early. So, on second and seven, David Gilreath's false start was the drive killer.

Drive No. 3: Started on own 21 yard line following Penn State kickoff (3-0 PSU)
Plays: 3
Yards: 1
Result: 34-yard Nortman punt

Best play: On the first play of the drive, Hill rushed for a nine yard gain, setting up a short and manageable second down scenario.

Worst play: Unfortunately, Hill was tackled for a two-yard loss on the next play and Allan Evridge was sacked on third down to end the drive.

Drive No. 4: Started on own 10 yard line following Boone 37-yard punt
Plays: 3
Yards: 5
Result: 36-yard Nortman punt.

Worst play: The Badgers had four possessions in the first quarter and three went three and out. On third and five, Evridge threw his first pass of the game and slightly overthrew Travis Beckum on the far sideline.

Second Quarter:

Drive No. 5: Started on own 21 yard line following Penn State kickoff (10-0 PSU)
Yards: 0
Result: 42-yard Nortman punt returned for touchdown.

Worst play(s): Down 10-0, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst opened up the passing playbook. However, Evridge was unable to complete any of his three passing attempts during this drive.

Drive No. 6: Started on own 15 yard line following Penn State kickoff (17-0 PSU)
Plays: 10
Yards: 85
Result: Evridge five-yard rushing touchdown. (17-7 PSU)

Best play: For the first time all season, Evridge used his feet to gain yardage for the Badger offense. On first and 10 at the Nittany Lions 25 yard line, Evridge felt the pressure and took off for a 19-yard scramble. UW would score three plays later.

Worst play: Once again, the Badgers tried to shoot themselves in the foot while in the red zone. After Hill was tackled at the one yard line to set up second and goal, UW was penalized for a substitution infraction backing them up to the six yard line. Luckily Evridge was able to get into the end zone, but the penalty reinforced the Badgers trouble scoring.

Drive No. 7: Started on own eight yard line following Penn State punt
Plays: 1
Yards: 8
Result: Evridge lost fumble

Worst play: For the third straight game, Evridge fumbled the ball in a critical stretch of the game. This time, Aaron Maybin hit the quarterback from behind and propelled the ball forward where his teammate Josh Hull recovered the loose ball.

Drive No. 8: Started on own 18 yard line following Penn State kickoff (24-7 PSU)
Plays: 6
Yards: 22
Result: End of first half

Best play: Zach Brown took a draw for 11 yards on the first play of the drive.

Worst play: Following Evridge's rush for no gain, the Badgers let the clock run out and went to the locker room with the home crowd booing.

Third quarter:

Drive No. 9: Started on own 24 yard line following Penn State kickoff (31-7 PSU)
Plays: 3
Yards: 9
Result: 49-yard Nortman punt.

Worst play: On second and five, senior offensive lineman Kraig Urbik went down with an apparent knee injury. He did not return to the game and was seen on the sideline with crutches.

Drive No. 10: Started on own 29 yard line following Penn State kickoff (38-7 PSU)
Plays: 3
Yards: 4
Result: Evridge interception

Worst play: What turned out to be the final straw, Evridge threw and interception to Lydell Sargeant and was pulled from the game.

Drive No. 11: Started on own 20 yard line following Penn State kickoff (41-7 PSU)
Plays: 6
Yards: 53
Result: Dustin Sherer throws interception to Sargeant.

Best play: After replacing Evridge as quarterback, Sherer completed his first two passes. He found Garrett Graham for a 23-yard gain and Isaac Anderson for 13 more.

Worst play: However, as the Badgers were driving the ball, Sherer forced a pass to Graham and Sargeant stepped in front of the route and intercepted his second pass in as many drives.
Drive No. 12: Started on own 42 yard line following Culmer St. Jean interception
Plays: 9
Yards: 13
Result: Sherer lost fumble

Best play: Sherer found Kyle Jefferson for 12 yards on the first play of the drive.

Worst play: On fourth and 11, Sherer was sacked and lost the ball. Penn State's Josh Matzkin recovered the loose ball. The turnover was UW's fourth of the game.

Drive No. 13: Started on own seven yard line following Boone punt.
Plays: 3
Yards: 4
Result: 40-yard Nortman punt

Worst play: UW recorded their sixth three and out in thirteen drives after Sherer came up six yards short on a quarterback scramble on third and 10.

Drive No. 14: Started on own 31 yard line following Penn State kickoff (48-7 PSU)
Plays: 9
Yards: 64
Result: End of game

Best play: Sherer connected with Beckum for a gain of 17 yards on third and five. Later in the drive, Sherer found Nick Toon for a 28-yard completion, but Toon was brought down at the five yard line as time expired.

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