October 19, 2008

Series by series: UW offense against Iowa

IOWA CITY, IOWA - The Wisconsin football team held the ball for just under 33 minutes in Saturday's 38-16 loss to Iowa. Still, no offensive rhythm, critical penalties and turnovers continue to haunt the Badgers and scoring has been tough to come by.

The following is a look back at the UW offensive possessions against Iowa:

First quarter:

Drive No. 1: Started on own 20 yard line following opening kickoff.
Plays: 8
Yards: 27
Result: 36-yard Brad Nortman punt.

Best play: On second and five, P.J. Hill hit the hole hard and bulldozed his way for seven yards and a first down.

Worst play: New quarterback Dustin Sherer only threw to Garrett Graham on the first possession. On second and six, he tried to hit his tight end across the middle, but threw behind. Iowa lineback A.J. Edds nearly made a one-hand interception.

Drive No. 2: Started on own 21 yard line following kickoff (7-0 Iowa)
Plays: 7
Yards: 35
Result: 29-yard Nortman punt

Best play: On third and 10, Sherer found Nick Toon open in the zone and hit him for a 15-yard gain.

Worst plays: On second and two and third and two, both Hill and John Clay were unable to move the ball and pick up the first down, forcing UW to punt.

Second quarter:

Drive No. 3:
Plays: 4
Yards: 27
Result: 34-yard Nortman punt.

Best play:Sherer found a streaking David Gilreath for a 25-yard gain on the first play of the drive.

Worst play: On third and six, Sherer had Isaac Anderson open in the slot, but skipped the pass into him for the incompletion.

Drive No. 4: Started on own 13 yard line following Ryan Donahue punt.
Yards: 4
Result: 41-yard Nortman punt.

Worst play: Clay hit the hole hard off left tackle and picked up 10 yards on second and three. But, a holding penalty killed the momentum and the drive.

Drive No. 5: Started on own 31 yard line following kickoff (14-0 Iowa)
Plays: 6
Yards: 15
Result: 38-yard Nortman punt.

Worst play: Sherer saw Travis Beckum open in a hole in the zone and tried to float the ball in there. However, Bradley Fletcher was able to jump up and break up the pass.

Drive No. 6: Started on own 38 yard line following Donahue punt.
Plays: 9
Yards: 37
Result: 42-yard Philip Welch field goal. (14-3 Iowa)

Best play: On second and seven, Sherer found Beckum over the middle for the easy 20-yard reception.

Worst play: On first and ten from the Iowa 27 and momentum for the first time, an ineligible man downfield penalty curbed the flow of the drive. In the end, UW had to settle for a field goal instead of a potential touchdown.

Drive No. 7:
Plays: 1
Yards: 2
Result: End of half.

Only play: After calling three consecutive timeouts to force the Iowa punt, the Badgers ran a draw to Zach Brown to end the half.

Third quarter:

Drive No. 8: Started on own 48 yard line following Donahue punt.
Plays: 5
Yards: 29
Result: 40-yard Welch field goal. (14-6 Iowa)

Best play: On the Badgers first play of the half, Clay burst through the right side of the line for a 21-yard gain.

Worst play: Once again after UW's offense had gained some momentum, a penalty slowed it. This time Josh Oglesby was flagged for a false start after Clay's run.

Drive No. 9: Started on own 45 yard line following Donahue punt.
Plays: 6
Yards: 37
Result: 35-yard Welch field goal. (14-9 Iowa)

Best play: On back to back plays, Sherer found Anderson for gains of 16 yards and 19 yards to get the Badgers to the Iowa 20 yard line.

Worst play: On third and eight, Sherer swung it out to Brown who had one man to beat for at least the first down. However, Fletcher brought him down in the open field for a two-yard gain.

Drive No. 10: Started on own 15 yard line following kickoff. (21-9 Iowa)
Plays: 5
Yards: 6
Result: Blocked Nortman punt for 12 yards.

Worst play: On fourth and eleven, Nortman got off a clean and good punt. Two flags littered the field and really had a huge impact on the game. Iowa was called for defensive holding on the punt that would have given UW a fourth and one situation. However, UW hit the return man after he signaled fair catch. After all was said and done, UW punted again and it was blocked. The switch opened the floodgates for UW.

Drive No. 11: Started on own 25 yard line following kickoff. (28-9 Iowa)
Plays: 3
Yards: -9
Result: 41-yard Nortman punt.

Fourth quarter

Drive No. 12: Started on own 21 yard line following Donahue punt.
Plays: 5
Yards: 27
Result: Interception

Best play: Clay broke past every defender and looked to have a chance to take it to the house, but he was tripped up from behind for a 21-yard gain.

Worst play: On third and 13, Sherer threw a pass right to Pat Angerer for the easy interception.

Drive No. 13: Started on own 23 following kickoff. (35-9 Iowa)
Plays: 3
Yards: 7
Result: Interception

Worst play: For the second time in three pass attempts, Sherer was intercepted by Angerer.

Drive No. 14: Started on own 40 following kickoff. (38-9 Iowa)
Plays: 4
Yards: 60
Result: Touchdown (38-16 Iowa)

Best play: Scott Tolzien found Gilreath for 33 yards and Brown finished the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run.

Drive No. 15: Started on own 1 yard line following Donahue punt.
Plays: 8
Yards: 70
Result: Interception

Worst play: In a fitting end to another bad game, Tolzien forced a pass that was intercepted by Lance Tillison on the last play of the game.

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