The wet, overcast weather at kickoff was a foreshadowing of things to come for the Wisconsin offense, a group that fumbled four times, threw one interception and could only manage three touchdowns. It was still enough to dispatch hapless San Jose State, 27-14, but the end result left much to be desired for a team ranked 11th nationally and a group that has its sights set on a conference championship.
Wisconsin running back John Clay rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, senior Lance Kendricks grabbed three passes for 60 yards and a score and redshirt freshman Jared Abbrederis made a big impact in his first home game, catching a team-high five passes for 58 yards.
Wisconsin (2-0) barely won the time of possession battle, was only 7-of-12 on third down and outgained San Jose State (0-2) by only 98 yards.
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10 plays, 77 yards, 4:50 TOP, 10:03 left
John Clay one-yard run(Philip Welch kick)
Key Play: Wisconsin offense threw on three of its four plays, and redshirt freshman Jacob Pedersen had the big catch to keep the drive moving. On third-and-long in UW territory, Pedersen caught a 15-yard pass to move the chains. UW got a bigger boost when a 15-yard late hit penalty was tacked on to the run.
4 plays, 38 yards, 1:13 TOP, 14:16 left
Lance Kendricks 14-yard catch from Scott Tolzien(Philip Welch kick)
Key Play: Wisconsin's offense needed a spark for the second straight week and once again got it from its defense. On a pass that was thrown right to him, Blake Sorensen registered his second career interception, giving UW prime field position on the 38.
8 plays, 46 yards, 1:28 TOP, 0:00 left
FG Philip Welch 45
Key Play: Wisconsin's two-minute offense was sloppy, but Jared Abbrederis did get his first licks as a Badger. He caught four passes on the drive, including three straight, for 42 yards, setting up the attempt.
7 plays, 55 yards, 3:25 TOP, 8:11 left
FG Philip Welch 37
Key Play: After the length ambulance delay to get senior wide receiver David Girleath saftely off the field, John Clay registered a 40-yard gain to get UW on the move. Unfortunately, Tolzien's third fumble of the game stalled the drive.
2 plays, 52 yards, :40 TOP, :47 left
Chandler Jones 37 catch from Jordan La Selca (Harrison Waid kick)
Key Play: It wasn't so much how Chandler Jones scored, but how bad UW looked on its tackling, sending Secondary Coach Chris Ash mentally up a wall. Four missed tackles occurred on Jones' way to the end zone, as Jones did nothing overally impressive to shake off the attempts.
10 plays, 77 yards, 4:27 TOP, 11:16 left
John Clay one-yard run (Philip Welch kick)
Key Play: On third-and-six, Tolzien hit Kyle Jefferson for a 16-yard gain to move the sticks, getting the Badgers inside the red zone.
10 plays, 67 yards, 5:26 TOP, 5:45 left
Noel Grigsby 12-yard pass from Le Secla (Waid kick)
Key Play: UW's defense has definitely packed it in. Wisconsin looked very poor allowing the Spartans to drive right down the field, including allowing La Secla to complete a 19-yard pass on fourth-and-nine to Grigsby.