517 Game Recap: Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Florida Bulls

5 Things We Learned, 1 Thing To Improve, 7 Players That Made A Difference

What We Learned

  1. 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.
  2. The passing game was very efficient under Jack Coan and if he continues this Wisconsin team will be very dangerous.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Impact Players

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Jack Dunn provided a spark on the special teams with a 41 yard punt return and a 15.5 yard average return.
  6. Mike Maskalunas led the defense with 6 total tackles and proved he can be the next great Wisconsin Linebacker.
  7. Eric Burrell added an important Interception in the second quarter to stop a promising drive and also added a tackle to the stat sheet.

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