Gilreath, Badgers Run Wild Over Indiana

Indiana's defense, giving up an average of 143 rushing yards per game, had no answers stopping the Badger run game. Wisconsin's David Gilreath, P.J. Hill and John Clay all rush for over 100 yards and at least one score, as the Badgers racked up 444 rushing yards in a 55-20 victory.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wisconsin's rushing attack did everything it needed to do in order to get the Badgers one step closer to be bowl eligible for the 2008 season.

Wide receiver David Gilreath ran the end around to perfection, gaining 168 yards and two touchdowns, while P.J. Hill ran for 127 yards and three scores while freshman John Clay earned 112 yards and one score as the Badgers ran all over the Hoosiers 55-20.

Wisconsin ran for 242 yards in the second half and racked up 630 total yards, its most since November 2003 against Michigan State.

coverage from Badger Nation to come ...

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

11 plays, 80 yards 4:48 TOP, 10:12 remaining

P.J. Hill 3-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: An outstanding first drive for the Wisconsin Badgers. Of the 11 plays, nine came on the ground and six went to P.J. Hill, who rushed six times for 43 yards and the touchdown.

7-3 Wisconsin

11 plays, 47 yards 3:25 TOP, 6:47 remaining

FG Austin Starr 42

Key Play: Although the Indiana offense has been driving, UW looked to have put the clamps down on the Hoosiers until senior Matt Shaughnessy was flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer. The penalty moved Indiana to UW's 31, giving Starr the opportunity for the field goal.

14-3 Wisconsin

9 plays, 81 yards 4:10 TOP, 2:37 remaining

P.J. Hill one-yard touchdown (Welch kick)

Key Play: The end around by David Gilreath provided a wealth of success for UW, as his 21-yard rush put the Badgers in prime territory at IU's 26. Couple that with a two nasty stiff arms on a 15-yard rush by Hill and the Badgers are running wild on the Hoosiers.

14-10 Wisconsin

9 plays, 67 yards 1:57 TOP, :38 remaining

Means 43-yard pass from Chappell (Starr kick)

Key Play: What a surprise, Niles Brinkley got burned on a go route. Despite huge pressure by the Wisconsin front line, QB Ben Chappell was able to deliver the ball before taking a shot and Andrew Means was wide open in the end zone with Brinkley struggling to catch up.

14-13 Wisconsin

4 plays, 0 yards :18 TOP, :16 remaining

FG Starr 33

Key Play: After Indiana's touchdown, the Hoosiers were the benefactors of a Wisconsin turnover. Return man Mario Goins was hit face-to-face and coughed up the football before he hit the turf, giving the Hoosiers the ball on UW's 16.

Second Quarter

21-13 Wisconsin

11 plays, 64 yards 5:23 TOP, 7:44 remaining

David Gilreath 8-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Gilreath has taken the offense reigns from Hill, as he accounted for 35 yards on three plays on that drive. Running the end around twice for 14 and 13 yards, Gilreath took the backward lateral in the flat and broke one tackle for the easy touchdown.

21-20 Wisconsin

9 plays, 73 yards 3:47 TOP, 3:57 remaining

Ben Chappell one-yard run (Starr kick)

Key Play: On third-and-1, Demetrius McCray breaks one out to the right for 31 yards to the UW 20. McCray cutback the run and the entire right side of the UW defense collapsed to left, leaving plenty of room to run.

24-20 Wisconsin

7 plays, 49 yards 1:01 TOP, :00 remaining

FG Phil Welch 19

Key Play: David Gilreath makes his first punting mistake of the season. The sophomore returner simply whiffed on the catch and Indiana got the ball on the UW 15. On the very next play, Jay Valai delivers a crushing hit on QB Ben Chappell, forcing the fumble, which DeAndre Levy returned for 47 yards.

Second Half

Third Quarter

31-20 Wisconsin

1 play, 90 yards :10 TOP, 13:45 remaining

Gilreath 90-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: David Gilreath has become the running threat, as the Hoosiers can't stop the end around. Gilreath out ran everybody on Indiana's defense except for the safety. After he put on a nifty little juke that froze the Indiana player, Gilreath had clear sailing to the end zone.

34-20 Wisconsin

4 play, -6 yards 1:57 TOP, 7:13 remaining

FG Phil Welch 39

Key Play: Wisconsin sent full-out blitz on an Indiana punter Chris Hagerup (a Whitefish Bay native) and the move paid off in spades. Wisconsin gave Hagerup no choice but to try and run the football and tackled the punter on IU's 15.

41-20 Wisconsin

11 plays, 83 yards 4:06 TOP, 1:46 remaining

John Clay one-yard run (Welch kick) Key Play: With Hill out for a breather, John Clay picked up the slack, running for gains of 20, 19 and capping the drive with the one-yard touchdown.

Fourth Quarter

48-20 Wisconsin

6 plays, 70 yards 2:27 TOP, 12:33 remaining

P.J. Hill 19-yard run (Welch kick) Key Play: The UW running game is punishing the Hoosiers. Hill, getting two solid blocks from the left side of the line, ran for his third touchdown after making two Hoosiers miss.

55-20 Wisconsin

11 plays, 67 yards 5:50 TOP, 3:37 remaining

Scott Tolzien two-yard run (Welch kick) Key Play: With the Badgers running up the middle nine plays on the drive, Tolzien faked the handoff and ran the naked bootleg around the right end for the touchdown, a perfect play call.


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