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UW Badger Football vs Michigan 2010: Ran up the Score, Up the Middle

Actually the UW Badger football team ran at Michigan up the middle, to the left, right and anywhere else they wanted to for an astounding 32 times in a row in the second half.  Our belief is that coach Bielema was clearly trying to run up the score on the sorry Michigan defense as clearly mixing in a pass now and then would have been the more professional thing to do as Michigan could have maybe forced a punt;)  Bielema had no reason to humiliate the proud and mighty Michigan program by beating them by 20 points on their own turf, in front of so many blue clad fans with the band trying its hardest to play their fight song despite the coming outcome.

We want to say right now that before we get into some of the running stats the Wisconsin passing corps deserves a lot of credit for this win with an excellent performance as well with 201 passing yards on 14 of 15 attempts by Scott Tolzien. In addition we all know the Badger receivers and tight ends give it there all when blocking for the backs down the field which is hugely important. So Badger passing groups congrats on the most ignored 201 yard performance in history.

On to the running game stats fun. Montee Ball you know the excellent kid who due to circumstance found himself in third place on the running back depth chart ran for 173 yards on 29 carries and 4 touchdowns. One interesting fact about the four touchdowns is that they tie the mark for the most in a game versus Michigan and he is really good company with Red Grange, Robert Ferguson, James Otis, and Vince Young. Every single one of those players mentioned was an All American and with the exception of the great Red Grange who appeared on the cover of Time magazine won a Heisman or came close to doing it (our guess is Grange would have won it if the award was around).  So does that mean that Montee Ball will be an All American some day, pretty tough with sharing carries with White but it can be done.

On to James White the Badger freshman running back who has been the Big Ten freshman of the week 3 times and our guess is a fourth time will be awarded shortly after his 23 carries for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sure the Badger line opens up nice sized holes but not to many players cut as hard and fast as White going through him, somebody needs to figure out how many times he has had an opponent looking for his jock after he runs by them. White is the best Badger "fast" back since Aaron Stecker was busy trying to transfer to get away from the glare of Ron Dayne (sorry Calhoun, and Bennett but this kid is already a more complete runner).

So the Badgers have three running backs who have each rushed for 13 touchdowns. Clay is still in the lead with 929 yards, White has 895, and Ball has 686. We are going to try and dig up some Badger stats of past of running backs to put this in perspective.

It is good to be a Badger, and bad to be a Big Ten linebacker in 2010.


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