Led by sophomore quarterback John Stocco, the Badgers had difficulty generating and sustaining offense against the Georgia Bulldogs. The inconsistency was a recurring theme throughout Wisconsin's season and it came to full fruition in Georgia's 24-21 win.
"We weren't consistent offensively all year and yet we found ways
Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. "We went three games in a row
scored one offensive touchdown and still won the games."
Not this time, however. Stocco's two-point conversion pass to Johnathan
brought the Badgers to within 24-21 with 3:17 remaining in the game. But
Georgia was able to run out the clock. Wisconsin was left to ponder
Stocco was anything but boffo through the first 38 minutes of the game.
halftime, he had completed just 4-of-13 passes for 37 yards. He missed
receivers badly at times.
"I had a lot of opportunities to complete some passes early on I just
hit them," Stocco said.
For the regular season, Stocco finished in the middle of the pack among
Ten quarterbacks in passing yardage with 177.2 yards per game. He ranked
in passing efficiency.
"If you don't throw the ball accurately consistently you're not going
have a very consistent passing game," Alvarez said.
Wisconsin's most consistent offensive threat is running back Anthony Davis
who entered the Outback Bowl with a 136.0 yards per game average.
him to 19 yards rushing in the first half.
"We didn't have the passing game and the running game together at the
time clicking both ways. You need to have that," tight end Owen Daniels
"When we were playing well, both things were working well for us and
the other facet of the game."
Daniels caught a 30-yard pass during Stocco's shining moment of the
eight-play, 88-yard drive that culminated with a Stocco to Darrin Charles
touchdown pass. Trailing 24-6 and left for almost dead, the drive gave
Badgers a temporary lift. Stocco was 4-of-4 for 75 yards on the drive.
"My confidence isn't hurt at all. I know I could have played better,
felt like late in the game I did some good things, we did some good
Stocco said. "That's just what we're going to build on those and also
what we did wrong and try to understand why that went wrong and just try
correct it and get better."
Inconsistent Offense Common Thread for Badgers
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