Notes: Borland Earns Conference Honor

Notes: Borland Earns Conference Honor

MADISON - Not bad for Chris Borland's first collegiate start. The true freshman from Kettering, Ohio, who has grown favorably on the entire Wisconsin coaching staff, earned co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Borland, who got the starting nod after redshirt freshman Mike Taylor was lost for the season with an ACL injury, recovered two fumbles, forced another while adding four tackles and one tackle for loss to help Wisconsin shutout Purdue, 37-0. ,p> Late in the third quarter, Borland forced and recovered a fumble to set up a Wisconsin field goal. Then, with less than two minutes remaining, he recovered his second fumble to secure the shutout.

Borland is one of three players in the country to have forced and recovered at least three fumbles this year (Jammie Kirlew of Indiana and Cliff Matthews of South Carolina are the others) and is just the sixth player in Wisconsin history to recover three fumbles in a season and just the third to force and recover at least three in a season (Jim DeLisle forced six and recovered four in 1968 and Ed Bosold forced three and recovered five in 1972).

Borland garners his first career defensive weekly laurel and his second weekly award this season, after being honored for his special teams performance on Sept. 20. He is the first Badger to earn defensive and special teams player of the week nods in the same season since Jim Leonhard in 2003.

Borland shared the honor with Minnesota senior defensive tackle Garrett Brown. It is the fifth time this season a UW player has been honored by the Big Ten. In addition to Borland's two awards, running back John Clay, defensive end O'Brien Schofield and quarterback Scott Tolzien have earned conference honors.

Michigan Game-Time Set

Wisconsin's football game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at Camp Randall Stadium will start at 11 a.m. CT and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Michigan leads the all-time series between the two teams 49-12-1 but Wisconsin has won the last two meetings in Madison.

That game is the final home game of the 2009 season for the Badgers. A pre-game ceremony will be held on the field to honor the seniors and their families.

Poll Jumpers

After the Badgers broke their two-game skid, Wisconsin broke through in all three major polls. The Badgers returned to the Bowl Championship Series rankings following a one-week absence, back in the 21st spot they occupied on Oct. 18.

In the three components of the BCS rankings, UW ranks 19th (average computer ranking), 22nd (USA Today Coaches Poll) and 24th (Harris Interactive Poll). Wisconsin is one of four Big Ten teams in the BCS top 25, joining No. 4 Iowa, No. 11 Penn State and No. 16 Ohio State.

The Badgers also made their 2009 debut in the Associated Press Poll, ranking 24th in this week's poll. It is the latest UW has made its first A.P. poll appearance since 1984 when Wisconsin wasn't ranked until earning the 20th spot on Dec. 5.

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