Wisconsin put together its best offensive performance of the season in a 37-26 victory against UTEP on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Although it didn't come against a BCS program, it should go a long way toward building confidence and instilling hope in a previously fearful fan base.
Certainly, Wisconsin will have to improve if it hopes to beat Nebraska next week. But for now, let's assess the Badgers' performance against the Miners one last time.
Handing out grades for Wisconsin's fourth game of the season:
Passing offense: B-minus
Just to reflect for a minute, we gave Wisconsin a D-plus in this category following last week's home game against Utah State, so this is considerable improvement.
Credit goes to redshirt freshman Joel Stave for blocking out the pressures of making his first career start and performing at a high level. Credit also should go to head coach Bret Bielema, who saw something in Stave that led him to make the change at quarterback.
In his first start, ...