Wisconsin postgame; Five Stars of Game

Morgantown, W. Va.--Each game has stars, here are the top five from Wisconsin's 24-17 victory over West Virginia.

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Five Stars

 

Number 5: Lee Evans—Evans made a very solid return to the field Saturday, catching seven passes for 70 yards and the game-tying touchdown. Evans's touchdown was an impressive display of strength and agility near the goal line. Evans was a weapon in a number of ways, especially on screens and short-to-intermediate routes. The Badgers attempted to stretch the field with Evans three times Saturday, but each fell incomplete. All and all, it was a very strong return for No. 3

 

Number 4: Wisconsin's offensive line (Morgan Davis, Dan Buenning, Donovan Raiola, Jonathan Clinkscale, Mike Lorenz)—The Badgers offensive line was supposed to be a question mark. It is but one game, but that question looks definitively answered. Wisconsin's line played very well throughout the game, creating running lanes and giving Sorgi plenty of time to throw against a front that blitzed and stunted on nearly every play. West Virginia's defensive line won the battles in the third quarter, but the Badgers line took over in the fourth quarter and flat out dominated on the game-winning 7-play, 67-yard drive.

 

Number 3: Quincy Wilson—until Wisconsin's comeback was complete, Wilson was number one on this list. Wilson had 99 yards on 24 carries and scored West Virginia's two touchdowns. Wisconsin's defense flowed to the ball well Saturday and delivered a number of blows, but they could not stop Wilson, who ran with impressive toughness and showed very good athleticism. Wilson seemed to get almost all of his yards after contact and almost single-handedly wore the Badgers defense down in the second quarter. The Mountaineers won't miss Avon Cobourne too much.

 

Number 2: Anthony Davis—start the hype. If Davis isn't a Heisman candidate then who is? Davis entered the season with more yards rushing the last two seasons than anyone in the country and got off to a great start Saturday against a defense that is going to prove to be pretty good. Davis ran for 167 yards on 30 carries Saturday, including a one-yard touchdown plunge that put the Badgers up for good. He also caught one pass for eight yards and was a dependable blocker in the backfield. Davis was strong, tough, fast, resilient; an all around extremely good performance.

 

Player of the game: Alex Lewis—The high energy, high excitement Lewis was all over the field Saturday. He made a huge play early—blocking a punt on the fourth play of the game that led to a Wisconsin touchdown. The Badgers had the return on, but Lewis blew through the protection and blocked it clean. Lewis ended the game with two huge plays—breaking up a pass along the sideline and sacking West Virginia quarterback Rasheed Marshall to clinch the victory. Lewis was strong in between as well. He finished with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss and put a lot of pressure on West Virginia's quarterbacks throughout the game, recording three quarterback hits.

 

Honorable mention:

 

West Virginia: Returner/cornerback Adam Jones (five kick returns for 146 yards, including 81-yard jaunt; 7 tackles); safety Mike Lorello (four tackles for loss; 12 tackles); quarterback Charles Hales (Led WVU's two touchdown-scoring drives. 5-10-0 throwing for 40 yards and four rushing attempts for nine yards); linebacker Grant Wiley (10 tackles, 2.5 for loss, one pass deflection).

 

Wisconsin: safety/returner Jim Leonhard (10 tackles, one for loss; two punt returns, 21 yards; made three straight play on goal line stand early in first quarter); receiver Brandon Williams (seven catches, 89 yards); quarterback Jim Sorgi (20-34-0 throwing for 215 yards and one touchdown; nine rushing attempts for 47 yards; first career win as starter); linebacker Jeff Mack (nine tackles, 1.5 for loss); cornerback Brett Bell (seven tackles).


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