1. Saturday Night Lights
All in all, I thought it was a pretty clean performance. There obviously were mistakes, but given the circumstances, they retained composure when Fresno put the heat on in the second half.
When you play a ranked team on the road at night in your first road game of the year, there are no bad victories.
2. Block that Kick…NOT
The protection was fine, but one of their young kickers, namely Nortman had a key bobble that lead to a block. It wasn't a game changer, but it certainly could have been under different circumstances.
Welch also had a low kick that was blocked, though that was more a kicker issue than a defensive issue.
3. Brandstater vs. Pressure
Brandstater was 15-27 and much of his yardage was after the catch, so generally, I thought it was mission accomplished. The Badgers had just three sacks, but did get some moderate pressure on Brandstater, including a couple of batted passes from Matt Shaughnessy. The Badgers blitzed perioidically on third down, but did not bring as many players as I thought they might.
4. Outside Playmakers
Once again, no sacks on Allan Evridge. While Evridge was probably no better than average, he did move around a little in the pocket and did get rid of the ball when needed. Still, most of the credit must be given to the play of the offensive line, which continues to impress in protection.
The Badgers did show enough poise, as discussed earlier. I believe it helped that they got off to a good start, which quieted the crowd early in the game. There was less offense than I expected, but it was no surprise that the game went down to the last few possessions.