Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/19/14
MADISON, Wis. -- On the surface, there would appear to be very little Wisconsin's defense didn't do well during its 45-0 pasting of UMass in the teams' season opener Saturday. But one curious stat emerged that is worth another look: the Badgers somehow did not record a single tackle for a loss. What gives? How could a defense predicated on pressure fail to achieve one of its primary goals against arguably the worst team in the Football Bowl Subdivision? And, more important, is there cause for concern moving forward? Well, not really. Yes, it is true that 117 of 125 FBS teams tallied at least one tackle for a loss in their first game, and Wisconsin was not one of them. It is also true that 18 FBS players recorded at least three TFLs and 100 players registered at least two. Still, a couple factors prevent members of Wisconsin's defense from expressing any worry. For one, UMass quarterbacks were quick to get the ball out of their hands on three- or five-step drops to avoid pressure. Pl...
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