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#1 Wisconsin's Freshman play Key Role in win vs #17 Cal.

Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by jms493, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. jms493

    jms493 Veteran Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Looking at Cal's weapons on offense it can be quite scary. Taking chances on defense would be one luxury Wisconsin could not afford. Expecting a full dose of HB Cameron is something the Badgers saw up close and personal.

    The first quarter was just back and forth punt after punt. Wisconsin was trying so hard to develop their run game. If anything it kept the ball out of Cal's hands. The league is finding out that Wisconsin has a lethal weapon of a punter. The dude has a monster leg and can pin offense's deep. 0-0 in the 2nd quarter Cal was pinned on their 10 yard line and decided to throw a screen pass to their WR. Playing a nickel formation true freshman CB Clay Thomas tips the football out of the air backwards and into the endzone. He picks it up and it is ruled a fumble and TD for Wisconsin. Brutal mistake for Cal. Cal does nothing when getting the ball back and Wisconsin has some time to drive and go up by 2 scores. Well QB Fields doesn't see a LB in zone and throws it right to him. Cal scored late on a 7 yard TD by Cameron. Tied 7-7 at halftime.

    Both teams exchanged punts in the 3rd but Wisconsin has a nice drive and hits #3 WR Lewis for a 7 yd TD to go up 14-7. Cal then gets the ball and while seeming somewhat frustrated moves the ball flawlessly and puts a TD on the board via HB Cameron again 14-14.

    Here we go to the 4th and Wisconsin hits a FG to make 17-14. Cal is driving late in the 4th and on a 2nd down forces it into triple coverage to his TE. True Freshman MLB Matt Williams picks it off and runs oob at around the 35 yd line of CAL. Wisconsin milks the clock for all its worth and forces Cal to use all their Time outs. They kick a FG to go up 20-14. A scary score but Coach JMS liked the way the defense was playing and didn't want to risk dropping back for a pass. We went with the safe strategy to run clock and play defense. Cal had no one open on the next few passing downs and 1 sack made it 3rd and long and then 4th and long. The game basically ended on a sack, fumble in the endzone and a kick in your face safety.

    The key here was 3rd down conversions....CAL 1/8 and The Badgers were 4/8. A questionable WR reverse call on a 3rd and 1 in the 4th cost CAL time and a possession. The interception was a backbreaker.

    It was a very strategic game but with little offense. Each team seemed reluctant to open up the play book a bit. CAL has the personal but couldnt find anyone open on 3rd down. Cameron was great but can't do everything.

    Great game @jfosh, you had me cursing, crying, smiling, and thinking. Always fun to play you!
  2. Zetroc

    Zetroc Uncle Rico Inspired

    Jul 29, 2009
    sounded like a nail-biter
  3. Nautica

    Nautica #whatisdrugs?

    Jul 27, 2009
    Close games are the worst. Sometimes I would rather lose in a blowout. Can't wait till my first user game

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