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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 ...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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 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...