Five Stars of the Game

Every game has stars, here are the top five from Wisconsin's 27-21 loss to Iowa

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Number 5: Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi—It is difficult to come away from Saturday's game without feeling that Sorgi is the most vital component to the Badgers' success. Wisconsin scored two first quarter touchdowns with Sorgi at the helm, but scored just once on 14 possessions after Sorgi left the game with a concussion. After Sorgi left, Iowa ganged up on the run and made big plays against the Badger passing game, which proved to be the difference in the game.

 

Number 4: Iowa running back Fred Russell—Wisconsin bottled up Russell for long stretches, but the Hawkeye back made some big plays, including a 47-yard run to set up the first score of the game. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. With quarterback Nathan Chandler struggling to find any semblance of rhythm, Russell was Iowa's offense.

 

Number 3: Wisconsin linebacker Kyle McCorison—McCorison made key plays all over the field for a Badger defense that played a very strong game. McCorison highlighted that performance with 10 tackles, an interception and a sack. Wisconsin's defensive line, led by Anttaj Hawthorne, deserves honorable mention here for doing a solid job keeping Iowa's line away from the linebackers.

 

Number 2: Iowa punter David Bradley—Bradley's 38.8 yards per punt does not exactly jump off the page but he performed brilliantly. Bradley's well-placed punts succeeded where so many have failed in containing Wisconsin punt returner Jim Leonhard, one of the best in the country. Of Bradley's 10 punts, five resulted in fair catches, an extremely uncommon occurrence with Leonhard returning, three were returned, one resulted in a touchback and one, a 54-yard boot, was downed at the Badger four. Leonhard garnered just seven yards returning, his lowest total of the season and Bradley pinned the Badgers inside the 20 three times. In a game that hinged largely on field position, Bradley was invaluable.

 

Number 1: Iowa safety Sean Considine—Like McCorison, Considine simply had the best highlights on a defense that played very well. Considine finished with seven tackles but it was the two passes he defended that made the difference. Late in the third quarter, Considine picked off a Matt Schabert pass and returned it 24 yards to the Wisconsin one, setting up Russell's go-ahead score. On the final play of the game he batted away John Stocco's pass intended for Jonathan Orr, preserving an Iowa victory.


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