Friday, September 2, 2011

Badgers off to a fast start

There were a number of new faces as the Wisconsin offense took the field for the first time Thursday night, but last year's the explosiveness was in full force as the Badgers racked up touchdown drives on their first five possession en route to a 51-17 victory over UNLV.
Behind the five quick touchdowns, UW took a 37-3 lead into the half. After two more scores out of the gates, the night was over for the first string as UW cruised to the easy win.
"[Scoring early] was great," junior center Peter Konz said. "You always like to score on the first drive to make sure they don't think they're in the game right away."
In the much-hyped debut of quarterback Russell Wilson, the story was no doubt the continued dominance of the Badger running attack.
Led by junior Montee Ball and sophomore James White, UW running backs combined for 232 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. Ball led the way with 130 all-purpose yards of his own, including a team-high 67 receiving yards.
Both tailbacks seemed unstoppable the majority of the night, a predictable result given the competition between the two for the starting position.
"I said I can bring them in and literally flip a coin. As things worked out, it looked like Montee didn't really do anything big but just felt better with him out of the gate," head coach Bret Bielema said after the game. "I think they're both pretty even, they both have strengths over the other."
Picking up where they left off at the end of last season, Ball and White continue to have a complementary relationship on the field. Despite Ball losing 25 pounds in the offseason, the two still seem to bring a sort of "thunder and lightning" approach to the Wisconsin attack.
I like the look of the offense but I am not sure about the defense yet.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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