Found September 04, 2013 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MADISON, Wis. -- Bart Houston had no inkling his first game appearance as a college quarterback was approaching on Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin was pounding UMass, and that meant backup Curt Phillips would take the field to cap a 45-0 blowout victory. Only Phillips, a sixth-year senior, never made his way off the sideline. Instead, he went to head coach Gary Andersen and suggested Houston, a redshirt freshman, be given an opportunity. "I was very surprised," Houston said following Tuesday's practice. "Sitting there on the headset, I thought Curt was going to go in. All of a sudden I hear Andersen say, 'Curt just talked to me, we're about to put Bart in instead of Curt.' My head was spinning. I'm like, 'What?' I thought I was in a dream. Somebody pinch me. It was real exciting. I did not expect it, but I prepared just as well." The gesture was especially moving for Houston, who would help Wisconsin salt away the final 7 minutes, 30 ...

Badgers not worried at lack of tackles for loss

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...

Badgers put emphasis on special teams in practice

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said Monday there was room for improvement in the Badgers' special teams unit following a season opening victory against UMass. And he went to work this week trying to fix those issues with some unusually special teams-heavy practices. Will the results be any better Saturday against Tennessee Tech? Andersen sure hopes so, noting...

How the Badgers ran & passed: Week 1

For those unfamiliar with this feature of mine, I'll provide a weekly look - as well as season totals - of where Wisconsin ran the ball and who the quarterbacks targets. A brief key: LI = left inside; LO= left outside; LW = left wide (i.e. end around); MID = middle; RI = right inside; RO = right outside; RW = right wide; INT = intended receiver on an interception Run vs. UMasstable...

Big Ten Football week one recap

My record-  11-1….Best pick- Northwestern beating Cal 42-35 (NW won 44-30)..Worst pick- Iowa handling Northern Illinois 27-10 when Northern Illinois won the game 30-27. See my week 1 predictions here. Indiana-73 Indiana State-35….CORRECT….IU QB Tre Roberson only completed three of his six pass attempts.   Two of those went for TD’s…IU WR Shane Wynn touched the ball five...

Stave looks for consistency for No. 21 Wisconsin

(Eds: Eds; Updates.) By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer Joel Stave won the Wisconsin quarterback job. Runner-up Curt Phillips won his new coach's respect. The veteran Phillips yielded snaps in a game to a freshman who needed the experience, a selfless act that Gary Andersen hopes is a defining moment for his 21st-ranked Badgers. It's no big deal, Phillips said. The 45...

The Freshman Fifteen - Matt Hubley

One of the final in-state piece to Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class, Matt Hubley brings versatility and speed to Wisconsin's secondary. Badger Nation gets to know the freshman defensive back a little better in the return of our popular feature.

The Land Grant Rant: Wisconsin Badgers Impressive in Season Opener

The more things change in the B1G, the more they stay the same. The past few years, the B1G has provided a lot of change for die-hard fans of America’s oldest conference to swallow. The addition of Nebraska seemed like a no-brainer. Adding teams like Rutgers and Maryland seemed like head scratchers on the surface but could easily be explained away by money, greed and television...
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