Looking Back

Badgermaniac takes a look back at his "Keys to the Game" from the 44-3 Badger victory over Northern Illinois.

(Read the original Keys to the Game HERE)

1. First Half Blues

The Badgers put the foot to the throat of the Huskies early, with two touchdown drives on their first two possessions, effectively putting the game out of reach early.

2. Ground Chuck

The Badgers fan for 331 yards while allowing just –13 to Northern Illinois (24 yards before sacks). They pounded the ball early behind P.J. Hill and outmatched the defensive front of the Huskies. Justin Anderson was not a factor as the Badgers overwhelmed the NIU offensive line.

3. Put a little English on it.

Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst wisely rolled QB Tyler Donovan away from DE Larry English for most of the afternoon. When combined with the emphasis on the run, English was rendered ineffective.

4. And you think WE are bad?

Wisconsin won the turnover battle 2 to 1. David Gilreath averaged 29 yards per return on his two chances. As expected, neither area had been a strength of the Badgers, but they were still better than the Huskies.

5. Rejuvenation

Can't ask much more from the defense on this day. The Badgers allowed just 99 yards of offense and 3 points, giving glimpses of the defense Badger fans thought they would have this season, albeit against an overmatched opponent.

Badgermaniac's Prediction

It was a steamrolling, but an even bigger one than I expected. Wisconsin showed a little big play ability to account for some extra early points. I will give my prediction a B+.


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