5 Things We Learned, 1 Thing To Improve, 7 Players That Made A Difference
What We Learned
- Wisconsin will always be able to run the ball. The Badgers racked up a total of 234 yards on 43 carries. Wisconsin controlled this game from start to finish and the running game was a big part of that.
- The passing game was very efficient under Jack Coan and if he continues this Wisconsin team will be very dangerous.
- The defense which came into the season with many questions, answered most of them and held the Bulls to a total of 157 yards. The defense never gave South Florida a chance to be in this game
- The Badgers were able to complete the shutout with the help of causing 3 turnovers, one of which was returned for an early Touchdown. If Wisconsin can continue to win the turnover battle this team will be a force in the Big Ten.
- Jonathan Taylor is one of the best running backs in college football and once again showed why. If he stays healthy, a visit to New York will be in the cards come December.
Biggest Need of Improvement
Its hard to find room for improvement when you win a game 49-0 but if there was one glaring problem I would say the Badgers need to limit the negative plays. Its hard to believe Wisconsin struggled to consistently make positive plays but they did. The Badgers were sacked 3 times and was tackled behind the line of scrimmage a total of 11 times. With tougher games coming Wisconsin will have to do something to limit these negative play in order to be considered a serious contender.
- Jonathan Taylor had one of those games that while expected of him was exceptional. He tallied 183 total yards and crossed the goal line a total of 4 times.
- Jack Coan was extremely efficient completing 19 of 26 passes for a total of 201 yards, while not turning the ball over. It was just the kind of performance the coaches were looking for from him.
- Nakia Watson provided Jonathan Taylor a breather and was very effective. Watson compiled 80 yards on 14 carries and a Touchdown to be a very solid number two running back.
- Matt Henningsen was the most impactful defensive player with his fumble return for Touchdown early in the first quarter. He also added 3 tackles and a Quarterback hurry.
- Jack Dunn provided a spark on the special teams with a 41 yard punt return and a 15.5 yard average return.
- Mike Maskalunas led the defense with 6 total tackles and proved he can be the next great Wisconsin Linebacker.
- Eric Burrell added an important Interception in the second quarter to stop a promising drive and also added a tackle to the stat sheet.