According to UW Athletic Communications, the single season record for receiving yards by a tight end is 817. That was during the Pat Richter era, coming in 1971. Well, it only took 35 years to break it. Travis Beckum hauled in five passes for 135 yards. With a 16-yard catch in the fourth quarter, his season total now stands at 821 through 12 games played. The 119 yards is a career high for the All-American candidate. To think that a year ago he was still messing around with tackling dummies. Richter turned the trick in 11 games. Beckum will be playing in his 13th on January 1. 2007. After the game, Beckum had this to say about the record: "It is an honor to be in the company of Richter, but I am all about moving the chains for my team. If we get first downs, we win. That is what I want." Gotta love that from a guy who is on the verge of sweeping the Big Ten postseason awards for his position.
With a first half stat line that looked more like a Playstation 2 performance than an actual football game, Tyler Donovan certainly made a believer out of me. When you go 12 of 18 for 232 yards and two scores through the air, against a defense that is ranked 38th in the nation, I am impressed. Donovan finished the game 16 of 26 for 308 yards and those two first half scores. For what it is worth, the Bulls would be ranked third in the Big Ten conference in this category, allowing just over 181 yards per game. There are five teams in the MAC (Midwest Athletic Conference) that average at least 201 yards through the air each week, so Buffalo is not exactly porous. At any rate, I fully expect Tyler Donovan to be the number one quarterback in 2007….just not for the Capital One Bowl game the Badgers are likely to be playing in.
Wisconsin defensive tackle Justin Ostrowski is scheduled to have major surgery in New York during the coming week. This is one of those make or break kind of surgeries for a player. If things go well, he will be playing again. If the knee does not respond correctly, his playing days may be over. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, big guy. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and we hope to see the 9 and 9 on the green of Camp Randall again in the fall of 2007.
"If I was voting, of course I would vote for myself (to be on the All-Big Ten team. I think every one would vote for themselves. But, we are a team first."
"Anytime you play here (Camp Randall), it is an honor. I love this place and it will always be home."
"When I think about Camp Randall, I think about my family. Those people (fans) are my family. This is my home. There is nothing better."
Coach Bret Bielema
"When we run the ball well, and can throw it well, then we are playing Wisconsin football."
A 62-yard pass completion from Donovan to Beckum in the first half is the longest play from scrimmage for the Badgers this season…...Donovan is 20 of 27 for 335 yards and four touchdowns during first half play this season. That equates to a QB rating of 227.2...…PJ Hill now has 16 rushing TD on the season. That ties him with Brent Moss for the fifth best total for a season in UW history…...Hill now stands at 1,533 rushing yards for the season – he is just the 7th freshman in NCAA history to cross the 1,500 yard mark…...Joe Stellmacher's fumble recovery today was the first one of his Badger career…...The Badgers allowed just 53 total yards after halftime - just 14 of those were through the air.