Cal Poly Post Game - Bret Bielema

Never doubting the talent that Cal Poly was bringing into Madison, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema addresses the media after the Badgers somehow find a way to win, beating Cal Poly, 36-35, in overtime to guarantee Wisconsin a bowl game.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema -

Opening Statement: "I told you at the beginning of the week that Cal Poly had a very good football team and is able to execute certain things from an offensive standpoint that can really change the flow of the game, and that's what they did early. But I can't say enough about the perseverance of our guys and the preparation from the defensive coaches trying to get as much as they could in this week to give our guys a chance out there on the field. Bottom line is, we made enough plays to win the football game. Much has been speculated, guessed upon, what kind of crowd would show up today and I thought it was an outstanding environment. I know it wasn't as full as maybe the season-opener, but the fans that showed up today and the attitude they had was the difference, especially in the third and fourth quarter. I really appreciate that."

On Cal Poly's three missed extra-point attempts: "It was an unfortunate situation for them, but one we took advantage of."

On bringing out John Clay in the backfield to begin the overtime period: "We knew when they missed the extra point that we needed to score a touchdown and get the extra point, so we wanted to play power football and John, for those runs, was a better option for us. I can't say enough about P.J. (Hill) and John. Both those guys were running hard and it probably wouldn't have made a difference either way."

On the importance of finishing the game: "The seniors talked a lot at halftime and our coaches made some adjustments, but the big thing is, the way the season has gone, we've been emphasizing the finish, the finish, the finish and you can't get more of a finish than an overtime win."

On adapting to Cal Poly's run defense: "They did a good job of stopping the run for a little bit and Dustin (Sherer) in a couple of cases really created some long throws by staying alive and scrambling. It was a good example of, if they were taking something away, we had to take advantage of the throwing game."

On what the win means: "We try to win every football game, but for it to be our last game and the way the season has unfolded, it just says so much about our seniors and this entire team."

On Cal Poly: "They're a good football team. Because of what they do offensively, they can monopolize the clock and, defensively, they can definitely bring pressure to confuse you and create some negative-yardage plays."

On the development of David Gilreath: "He's done a lot of things for us this year, not only catching the football, but running the ball and on returns. The development of our wide receivers down the stretch of the last four, five, six games has been huge."

On the play of Aubrey Pleasant: "Earlier in the week we thought we were going to get Jay Valai back, but the trainers weren't going to let him get out there, so that meant Aubrey was the only strong safety we had. It shows a tremendous will by Aubrey and I thought he played pretty well."

On the play call for the two-point conversion: "It was working. We've got big bodies and we wanted to lean on them. I think it took Paul Chryst about point-five seconds to call that two-point conversion play because he knew what was going to be there."

On winning for the team's seniors: "Last night at our team meeting I did something I've never done before. I introduced each senior and had him look out at his team and have our team look at them and realize how many good football players are standing up there and how much good football they've played for us and that, to not send them out on a winning note would be a crime we didn't want to commit."


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