Game Recap: Sluggish UW Still Enough

Follow along with Badger Nation's Drive Blog! It was far from pretty for No.11 Wisconsin, as fumbles, interceptions and poor execution left plenty of opportunties on the field. In the end, John Clay's two rushing touchdowns and solid first-half defense were enough to push UW past San Jose State, 27-14, on Saturday.

MADISON - Not much was pretty on the first football Saturday on the University of Wisconsin's campus.

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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San Jose State (0-2) vs. No.11 Wisconsin (2-0)

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

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.

Second Quarter

14-0 Wisconsin

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.

17-0 Wisconsin

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.

Second Half

Third Quarter

20-0 Wisconsin

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.

20-7 Wisconsin

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.

Fourth Quarter

27-7 Wisconsin

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.

27-14 Wisconsin

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.

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