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Sophomore quarterback Joel Stave threw for 161 yards and a touchdown as Wisconsin's defense beat the offense 61-47 in the team's spring scrimmage on Saturday.
Fully recovered from a broken collarbone on Oct.27, Stave staked his claim for the open QB job for the reigning three-time Big Ten champions under first-year coach Gary Andersen, completing 11 of his first 13 passes before finishing 15 for 20.
Utilizing a scoring system that awarded points for first downs, 10-yard running plays and 20-yard passing plays, Stave led the offense on a nine-play, 71-yard drive that tailback Melvin Gordon finished with an 11-yard scoring run on his first series. Stave also completed a 5-yard pass to fullback Derek Watt for the game's only passing touchdown in the second quarter.
Linebackers Joe Schobert and Marcus Trotter had a team-high seven tackles.
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