MADISON - Fast-paced, up-tempo and high-scoring were all used to described the offense BYU was bringing into Camp Randall for an intriguing nonconference November matchup. None of that evidently impressed Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s defense was active and aggressive all afternoon with senior linebacker Chris Borland back in the lineup, a factor that helped the Badgers disjoint BYU in 27-17 victory Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.
Facing the country’s 12th-best offense, averaging 511.1 yards per game, the Badgers (7-2) held the Cougars (6-2) to 370 total yards and quarterback Taysom Hill, who entered the weekend sixth in the country with 357.5 total yards of offense per game, to 260 total yards, most of which came with the game already deciding.
Wisconsin’s offense also flexed its muscles, as James White accounted for 194 total yards and three scores while sophomore quarterback Joel Stave was 23-for-32 for 196 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The victory gives the Badgers their 29th consecutive home victory over nonconference opponents, a streak that dates back to September 2003, and broke the Cougars’ five game winning streak.
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From the other side: Game Day Grades
No.21 Wisconsin 27, BYU 17
11 plays, 76 yards, 4:36 TOP, 10:20 left
James White 4-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Melvin Gordon was dropped for a loss setting up a third-and-13 deep in Wisconsin territory, but Joel Stave stayed poise in the pocket, hitting Jordan Fredrick on a sideline route for a 15-yard gain to move the chains.
13 plays, 67 yards, 3:14 TOP, 2:40 left
FG Justin Sorensen 31
Key Play: Wisconsin was in prime position to pad its lead, but receiver Kenzel Doe's fumble on a third-down catch crippled UW's chances. Instead of first down in the red zone, UW went on defense at the BYU 20.
11 plays, 63 yards, 6:21 TOP, 3:34 left
FG Jack Russell 38
Key Play: Melvin Gordon and James White flexed their muscles on the first two plays of the drive. After Gordon cut, juked and stiff armed his way for a 23-yard gain to the right sideline, White came back with a 22-yard run around the left tackle, getting UW to the BYU 36.
11 plays, 65 yards, 2:08 TOP, :14 left
James White 11-yard pass from Joel Stave (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Similar to the connection they made at the end of the first half against Iowa, Stave's strike to Jacob Pedersen at the left hash was a momentum boost, going for 22 yards on third-and-10 to the BYU 11.
7 plays, 15 yards, 2:55 TOP, 10:36 left
FG Jack Russell 26
Key Play: A sack by senior Chris Borland forced a three-and-out on BYU's first drive and a 26-yard punt return by Kenzel Doe gave UW great field position at the BYU 23.
6 plays, 62 yards, 1:25 TOP, 9:04 left
Cody Hoffman 34-yard pass from Taysom Hill (Justin Sorensen kick)
Key Play: Dezmen Southward tried to play Hoffman physical at the line of scrimmage, but was overmatched by the BYU senior wide receiver. Even if Hoffman didn't make the catch, BYU would have benefited from a pass interference penalty called on the senior safety.
10 plays, 92 yards, 4:43 TOP, 13:51 left
James White 14-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Pinned deep into its own territory after a 73-yard punt, James White's 25-yard run on the second play of the drive was created by Jared Abbrederis' one-on-one block on cornerback Robertson Daniel.
9 plays, 57 yards, 2:53 TOP, 3:12 left
Cody Hoffman 3-yard pass from Taysom Hill (Justin Sorensen kick)
Key Play: Needing to go for it on fourth down to keep its faint hopes alive, Hill was given plenty of time in the pocket to find Hoffman, who broke away from his one-on-one coverage.
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