2013 Wisconsin Badgers football team
|2013 Wisconsin Badgers football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference
|2013 record||9–4 (6–2 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Gary Andersen (1st year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Andy Ludwig (1st year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Dave Aranda (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Camp Randall Stadium
|2013 Big Ten football standings|
|#3 Michigan State x†||8||–||0||13||–||1|
|#12 Ohio State x‡||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|Championship: Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24|
|† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
The 2013 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers, led by first year head coach Gary Andersen, were members of the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium.
- 1 Recruiting
- 2 Watchlists and preseason awards
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Rankings
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Post season
- 7 Roster
- 8 Team statistics
- 9 Regular starters
- 10 2014 NFL Draft
- 11 See also
- 12 References
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Wisconsin Rapids, WI||Lincoln HS||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||240 lb (110 kg)||N/A||Jun 17, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 74|
|Oakdale, MN||Tartan HS||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||4.4||Jul 25, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 75|
|Glassboro, NJ||Glassboro HS||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||N/A||Nov 2, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 83|
|Rochester, IL||Rochester HS||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||N/A||Feb 27, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 81|
|Waukesha, WI||Catholic Memorial HS||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||N/A||Oct 23, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 69|
|Santa Clarita, CA||Golden Valley HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||N/A||Jan 26, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 77|
|Brookfield, WI||Brookfield East HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||N/A||Aug 16, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 82|
|Barrington, IL||Barrington HS||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||285 lb (129 kg)||5.1||May 3, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 81|
|Yuma, AZ||Arizona Western CC||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||N/A||Feb 4, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 79|
|Perrysburg, OH||St. Johns HS||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||260 lb (120 kg)||4.9||Jun 27, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 76|
|Brookfield, WI||Central HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||231 lb (105 kg)||5.0||Apr 29, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 79|
|Kenosha, WI||Kenosha Tremper HS||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||4.4||Jun 17, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 73|
|Eagle River, WI||Northland Pines HS||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||N/A||Jun 28, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 75|
|Independence, KS||Independence CC||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||N/A||May 5, 2013|
|Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: N/A|
|Plantation, FL||Plantation HS||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||150 lb (68 kg)||4.5||Oct 9, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 80|
|Fresno, CA||Fresno City CC||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||4.4||Feb 5, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 76|
|Everett, MA||Everett HS||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||4.4||Jan 24, 2013|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 69|
|Pewaukee, WI||Pewaukee HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||4.8||Apr 1, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 71|
|Columbus, OH||Walnut Ridge HS||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||N/A||Apr 28, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 79|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
Watchlists and preseason awards
|August 31||11:00 AM||Massachusetts*||#23||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||BTN||W 45–0||76,306|
|September 7||11:00 AM||Tennessee Tech*||#21||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||BTN||W 48–0||77,785|
|September 14||9:30 PM||at Arizona State*||#18||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ||ESPN||L 30–32||66,155|
|September 21||2:30 PM||Purdue||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ABC||W 41–10||80,772|
|September 28||7:00 PM||at #3 Ohio State||#24||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||ABC||L 24–31||105,826|
|October 12||2:30 PM||#18 Northwestern||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ABC||W 35–6||81,411|
|October 19||7:00 PM||at Illinois||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||BTN||W 56–32||47,362|
|November 2||11:00 AM||at Iowa||#23||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Battle for the Heartland Trophy)||ABC||W 28–9||69,812|
|November 9||2:30 PM||BYU*||#22||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN||W 27–17||80,191|
|November 16||11:00 AM||Indiana||#20||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN2||W 51–3||77,849|
|November 23||2:30 PM||at #23 Minnesota||#17||TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe)||ESPN||W 20–7||53,090|
|November 30||2:30 PM||Penn State||#14||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN||L 24–31||78,064|
|January 1||12:00 PM||vs. #8 South Carolina*||#19||Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium • Orlando, FL (Capital One Bowl)||ABC||L 24–34||56,629|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
|Harris||Not released||RV||24||24||22||21||19||15||21||19||Not released|
|BCS||Not released||NR||24||24||22||19||15||21||19||Not released|
|Overall record||Last meeting||Result|
The Badgers first game of the 2013 season was a first for many. It was new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen's first game and it was the first time the Badgers have ever squared off against the UMass Minutemen.
Wisconsin received the opening kickoff and marched right down the field and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joel Stave. On the Minutemen's first offensive play, Wisconsin's linebacker Brendan Kelly forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow linebacker Ethan Armstrong. On the very next play, Joel Stave threw an interception. The Badgers managed a 21-yard field goal by Kyle French before the end of the first quarter for a 10–0 lead. After a UMass punt, Wisconsin missed a 40-yard field goal and then UMass missed a 47-yard field goal. On the second play of the next Badgers drive, running back Melvin Gordon sprinted down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown run. The Badgers led 17–0 at the half.
UMass started with the ball in the second half but after a three-and-out, the Badgers scored on their first offensive play of the second half with Joel Stave connecting with wide receiver Jared Abbrederis on a 65-yard touchdown pass. Another UMass punt and then three plays later running back James White scores on a 51-yard touchdown run. UMass then put together a nice drive that got down to the Badgers 38-yard line but Wisconsin CB Sojour Shelton intercepted the UMass pass. The Badgers took over at their own 22-yard line and five plays later they were in the end zone again with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis from Joel Stave. At the end of the third quarter, Wisconsin led 38–0. The Badgers would close out the scoring less than two minutes into the fourth quarter with a 23-yard touchdown run by true freshman running back, Corey Clement, his first career touchdown. UMass then used a 12-play drive to get down to the Badgers 33-yard line but failed on a fourth down conversion. A heavy dose of running the ball with Corey Clement help the Badgers run off the final seven and a half minutes of the game and giving Wisconsin a 45–0 victory.
- Wisconsin has now won 17-straight home openers, dating back to 1996.
- Was the first shutout for UW since blanking Oregon State, 35–0, on September 10, 2011. It was also UW’s most lop-sided shutout since a 65–0 win over Temple on September 10, 2005.
- Wisconsin converted 8-of-11 third downs (72.7%), its highest single-game conversion percentage since converting 11-of-15 third downs (73.3%) against Washington State on September 1, 2007.
- Joel Stave scored the Badgers’ first TD of the season on a 4-yard run. It was Stave’s first career rushing touchdown.
- Jared Abbrederis entered the game as the leader among active FBS players in yards per reception at 16.6 ypc. He has 13 career catches of at least 40 yards. He finished with two catches for 122 yards (61.0 ypc).
- James White entered the game with the best career yards per carry average in school history and among active FBS running backs (6.1 ypc.). He rushed 11 times for 143 yards in the game, an average of 13.0 ypc. Included among his runs was a 47-yarder in the first quarter and a 51-yard TD run in the third quarter. He now has 10 career runs of 40+ yards.
- Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon led the nation with a 10.0 average yard per carry last year. He gained 144 yards on 13 carries in the game (11.1 ypc.), including a 70-yard TD run in the second quarter. That was his longest career run, surpassing a 60-yard run he had against Nebraska in last year’s Big Ten Championship game.
- True freshman RB Corey Clement made his UW debut, finishing with 16 carries for 101 yards and scoring his first career touchdown on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter. Clement is the first true freshman at UW to run for at least 100 yards in a season opener since the NCAA rule allowing true freshmen to play came into effect for the 1972 season.
- Corey Clement is the first Badger to rush for 100 yards in his debut since P. J. Hill ran for 130 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown in a 35–14 win at Bowling Green on September 2, 2006.
- Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement all surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for just the third time in school history. UW also had three 100-yard rushers against Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game on December 1, 2012 and vs. Indiana on November 8, 2008.
- Freshman CB Sojourn Shelton was the first true freshman to start a season-opener for the Badgers since Travis Frederick started at center vs. Northern Illinois in 2009. Shelton picked up an interception in his debut, coming in the third quarter.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 13 Car, 146 Yds, 1 TD
- Passing: Joel Stave – 9/17, 197 Yds, 2 TDs, INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 2 Rec, 122 Yds, 2 TDs
- Defense: Chris Borland – 9 Tkls
|Overall record||Last meeting||Result|
In the Badgers second game, they faced another opponent who they have never faced in the school's history, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
Tennessee Tech received the opening kickoff. On the second play of the game, the Golden Eagles fumbled and Badgers safety Dezmen Southward recovered at Tech's 22-yard line. Six plays later, Joel Stave connected with fullback Derek Straus on a 3-yard touchdown pass. It was Straus' first career start and his first career touchdown. After two Tech punts and a Wisconsin punt, the Badgers took over at their own 24-yard line just under seven minutes left in the first quarter. After a Melvin Gordon 5-yard run, Gordon ripped off a 65-yard run and was pushed out-of-bounds at the Golden Eagles 6-yard line. The very next play, Joel Stave hit Jared Abbrederis with a 6-yard touchdown pass giving the Badgers a 14–0 lead. The first quarter end after a Tech punt and the Badgers driving into Tech territory. At the start of the second quarter, the Badgers got down to the Golden Eagles 37-yard line but Joel Stave threw an interception that was returned to Tech's 39-yard line. After a Tech punt, a Wisconsin punt and another Tech punt, the Badgers took over at their own 48-yard line. It only took Wisconsin three plays to drive 52 yards and score on a 37-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon stretching the lead to 21. After a Tech punt and Wisconsin penalty on the punt return, the Badgers were backed up at their own 6-yard line with 1:49 left until halftime. The Badgers put together an impressive 11-play 94-yard scoring drive that only took one minute and 37 seconds. Joel Stave was 10–10 passing during the drive and capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brian Wozniak. The Golden Eagles then took the kickoff to their own 19-yard line and took a knee on the final play of the half with the Badgers leading 28–0.
The second half started with the Badgers receiving the kickoff. Wisconsin put together another impressive scoring drive using 12 plays to go 76 yards. The drive was closed out by a James White 2-yard touchdown run but kicker Kyle French missed the extra point, the Badgers lead to 34–0. Punt by Tech, punt by Wisconsin and punt by Tech again. The Badgers took over at their own 20-yard line and got to Tech's 42-yard line as the third quarter came to a close. Wisconsin then turned the ball over on downs. The Badgers just looking to run the clock down, true fresman running back Corey Clement eight times on the next drive and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run extending the Wisconsin led to 41–0. On the next Tech drive, Badgers redshirt freshman safety Leo Musso got his first career interception. On the very next play, Corey Clement scampered 75 yards for his second touchdown of the game. After a Tech turnover-on-downs, a Wisconsin missed field goal, the Golden Eagles ran the clock out and the Badgers start the season 2–0 after a 48–0 victory over Tennessee Tech.
- The Badgers recorded back-to-back shutouts to open the season for the first time since opening the 1958 season with a 20–0 win at Miami (Fla.) and a 50–0 win over Marquette. The last time UW recorded two shutouts in the same season was 1998 with a 45–0 vs. Ohio on September 12 and a 31–0 win at Iowa on October 24. The last Big Ten team to open the season with consecutive shutouts was Ohio State in 1963 when it beat Texas A&M, 17–0, and Indiana, 21–0
- Dating back to the 2013 Rose Bowl, UW has not allowed a touchdown in its last 11 quarters.
- Head coach Gary Andersen is just the third coach in the modern era (since 1946) of UW history to begin his career 2–0. The other two coaches were Dave McClain (1978) and Bret Bielema (2006).
- UW allowed just 113 total yards on defense, equaling the ninth-lowest total in school history and the Badgers’ best effort since giving up 99 to Northern Illinois (October 20, 2007).
- Wisconsin has won its last 26 games when rushing for more than 230 yards.
- After having only one game with three 100-yard rushers heading into the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game, the Badgers have had three 100-yard rushers in three of their past four games.
- UW has had at least two 100-yard rushers in six of the last 10 games.
- After the game, Gordon now has 1,003 career rushing yards on 104 carries for a career average per carry of 9.6.
- Senior WR Jared Abbrederis caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. It was his third TD reception of the season and 19th of his career. That ties him with Jonathan Orr and Al Toon for third all-time in UW history. Lee Evans is the school’s all-time leader with 27. With a career-high eight receptions in the game, Abbrederis moved into fifth place on UW’s career receptions list (134), passing Chris Chambers and Al Toon.
- Playing in his 37th career game, senior TE Brian Wozniak caught his first career TD pass, hauling in a 6-yard scoring strike late in the first half.
- Playing in his 42nd career game, senior LB Conor O’Neill made his first career start. O’Neill tallied a career-high nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
- Rushing: Corey Clement – 13 Car, 149 Yds, 2 TDs
- Passing: Joel Stave – 24/28, 219 Yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 8 Rec, 62 Yds, 1 TD
- Defense: Conor O'Neill – 9 Tkls, 1.5 TFL
at Arizona State
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The Badgers first road game of the 2013 season is against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Badgers are 1–2 all-time vs. the Sun Devils and Wisconsin won the last meeting, 20–19 on September 10, 2010 in Madison.
The Badgers first road game of the season was a hot one as the game time temperature was 98 degrees. Arizona State's opening drive took them down to the Wisconsin 3-yard line but on fourth and two the Sun Devils went for it but failed. Both offenses struggled for most of the first quarter until the Sun Devils kicked a 34-yard field goal with 4:08 left in the first quarter. The Badgers then put a 10-play 73-yard drive together that took 5:22 and into the second quarter. The Badgers capped that nice drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass from QB Joel Stave to TE Jacob Pedersen. On the next drive, the Sun Devils had a three-and-out. Arizona State attempted to punt the ball but because of a bad snap, Wisconsin's DT Beau Allen recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown giving the Badgers a 14–3 lead. Arizona State answered right back with a 10-play 75-yard scoring drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by RB Marion Grice. The Sun Devils added a 19-yard field goal before the half cutting the Wisconsin lead to 14–13.
The start of the second half had the Badgers starting at their own 20-yard line. On the first play, Badgers RB Melvin Gordon lined up as a wide receiver and went in motion taking the jet sweep handoff 80-yards for a touchdown. This gave the Badgers a 21–13 lead. Arizona State the scored before the end of the third quarter on a Marion Grice 1-yard touchdown run but the 2-point attempt failed. On the next drive, Wisconsin extended their lead 24–19 with a 34-yard field goal by K Kyle French. Arizona State took the lead less than two minutes later on a Marion Grice 2-yard touchdown run but again failed on the 2-point try giving the Sun Devils a 25–24 lead. After a Badgers punt, the Sun Devils added to their lead with a 12-yard touchdown run by Marion Grice, his fourth touchdown of the night. Arizona State led 32–24 with 8:50 left to go in the game. The Badgers scored on their next drive chewing up over five minutes as Melvin Gordon scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. The Badgers attempted the 2-point conversion to try and tie the game but Joel Stave's pass was incomplete as the Sun Devils held on to a 32–30 lead with less than for minutes remaining in the game. Arizona State could not run out the clock as they got to about midfield where they were forced to punt. Wisconsin got the ball back at their own 17-yard line with 1:36 and the Badgers were out of timeouts. On third and four at their own 23-yard line, Joel Stave connected with WR Jeff Duckworth for a 51-yard catch and run that put the Badgers at the Sun Devils 26-yard line.
Controversial last play (kneel) of the game
After a couple more completions, the Badgers had the ball at the Sun Devil 13-yard line for 1st and 10. The Badgers were in possession of the football with 18 seconds left, hoping to kick a game-winning field goal. Upon the hike Quarterback Joel Stave knelt in the middle of the field to center the ball for their kicker. Stave then placed the ball quickly on the ground after the play was blown dead by the referee. Replays showed that Stave did get his knee down for a brief second, however Arizona State believed that it was a fumble, and ASU Anthony Jones dove on top of the ball, with the game clock running. At this point Badgers players signalled to the officials, pointing out the delay of game penalty by ASU due to Anthony being top of the football. Umpire Jack Folliard motioned to Stave acknowledging his knee, however the rest of the officiating crew allegedly did not see this signal. The umpire then spotted the ball after a significant delay, but told the Wisconsin offensive line to wait to line up, even though the clock continued to run. Finally, with approximately 2 seconds remaining, the umpire rushed behind the defensive line as Wisconsin tried to run a play to spike the ball and stop the clock but the clock reached zero before the ball was snapped and the game was over.
Initially after the game ASU coach Todd Graham stated "The quarterback put the ball on the ground while he was still standing up, he hadn't been tackled," and "So that should have been a turnover. That should have ended the game." And after watching the footage after the game he acknowledged the officiating error when he stated "You win or you lose. We won and let's move onto the next deal. Obviously, that was a very unusual deal."
The next day saw sports commentators and articles who reported on the "bizarre end" of the game in Tempe. Some even stated that Stave's knee did not touch the ground or that he crouched. This was later countered by other sports commentators, notably columnist Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports that the NCAA handbook states that one simply has to assimilate a kneeling motion.
Ultimately the Pac-12 reprimanded the officiating crew two days after the game ended, deeming that the officials had not acted with enough urgency during the end of the game. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott made a statement when announcing the reprimand; "After a thorough review, we have determined that the officials fell short of the high standard in which the Pac-12 games should be managed. We will continue to work with all our officials to ensure this type of situation never occurs again."
- Arizona State’s touchdown in the second quarter broke a string of 12 straight quarters (dating back to last year’s Rose Bowl) that Wisconsin’s defense had not surrendered a TD.
- The game time temperature of 98 degrees ties for the warmest temperature for a Badgers game in history. The other 98-degree game was at UNLV on September 8, 2007.
- Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon scored on an 80-yard run on the first offensive play of the second half. He now has a 60+ yard run in four of his last five games, and has seven career runs of longer than 45 yards.
- Senior TE Jacob Pedersen’s 2-yard touchdown reception was his first of the season and the 15th of his career. That ties him with Pat Richter and Lee DeRamus for ninth on UW’s all-time list.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 16 Car, 193 Yds, 2 TDs
- Passing: Joel Stave – 15/30, 187 Yds, TD
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 6 Rec, 87 Yds
- Defense: Chris Borland – 10 Tkls, TFL
|Overall record||Last meeting||Result|
The Badgers first conference game of the 2013 season is against Purdue. The Badgers led the all-time series 43–29–8. The Badgers won the last meeting on October 13, 2012, 38–14 in West Lafayette.
The 2013 Big Ten season kicked off with the Purdue Boilermakers squaring off with the Wisconsin Badgers. Both teams started off a little slow as they exchanged punts on their first possessions. After another Purdue punt the Badgers took over at their own 5-yard line. Just 8 plays and 95 yards later, Wisconsin got on the board first with a RB Melvin Gordon 5-yard touchdown run. After another Boilermakers three-and-out, the Badgers struck again as RB James White scored on 70-yard touchdown run. At the end of the first quarter the Badgers led 14–0. Purdue then got on the board on a broken play where QB Rob Henry scrambled for a 22-yard touchdown run. On the next Wisconsin drive, QB Joel Stave's pass was intercepted by CB Ricardo Allen and returned to the Wisconsin 10-yard line. The Badgers defense was able to hold the Boilermakers to a field goal to make the score 14–10 Wisconsin. The Badgers then marched right down the field and scored on a Milevin Gordon 27-yard touchdown run. After another Purdue three-and-out, the Badgers again moved the ball with ease against the Boilermaker defense but stalled out and settled for a 32-yard field goal by K Kyle French. Wisconsin led 24–10 at the half.
Wisconsin opened the second half with the ball and once again marched right down the field and Melvin Gordon scored his third touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run. Wisconsin put some more points on the board late in the third quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Kyle French. On the first play of the fourth quarter, RB Corey Clement scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. With Purdue unable to move the ball and Wisconsin just running the clock down, the game was over by a score of 41–10. Wisconsin stuffed the stats sheet as they out gained Purdue 546 yards to 180 yards. Wisconsin out rushed Purdue by a clip of 388 yards to 45 yards. Wisconsin had 22 first downs, 10 more than Purdue.
- Wisconsin has won eight consecutive games against Purdue, the longest win streak by either team in the history of the series (dates back to 1892).
- UW’s 95-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter was its longest since a 97-yard TD drive vs. Northern Illinois on September 17, 2011.
- The Badgers have still not allowed a passing touchdown this season.
- UW’s total defense of 180 yards allowed was the team’s fewest surrendered in a Big Ten game since limiting Minnesota to 156 total yards on November 12, 2011.
- The Badgers tallied four sacks on the day after recording one total sack in the first three games of the season.
- James White’s 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest run of his career, surpassing a 69-yard run last year at Indiana (November 10, 2012). He has 11 career runs of 40+ yards and his career average of 6.24 yards per carry is best in UW history (min. 300 rushes).
- James White became the 10th player in Wisconsin history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career, moving into 10th place on the UW career list with 3,013 career yards.
- James White leads all active FBS players with 35 career rushing TDs and 36 total TDs. UW is 19–1 when White scores.
- James White rushed for more than 100 yards for the 12th time in his career. He has NEVER rushed for 100 yards in a game by himself. All 12 games have been part of multiple 100-yard rushers for UW. Wisconsin is 12–0 when he rushes for 100 yards or more.
- Melvin Gordon also went over 100 yards rushing, for the fourth time this season and the sixth time in his career. He scored a career-high three touchdowns and has seven rushing TDs on the season. Despite averaging 9.2 yards per carry today, Gordon’s career average actually went down to 9.95 yards per carry. Gordon now has 624 rushing yards on the season, surpassing his 2012 total of 621 yards.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 16 Car, 147 Yds, 3 TDs
- Passing: Joel Stave – 12/19, 158 Yds, INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 7 Rec, 94 Yds
- Defense: Chris Borland – 6 Tkls, PBU
at Ohio State
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The Badgers first road conference game of the season is against Ohio State. The Buckeyes have dominated the all-time series against the Badgers with a record of 18–55–5. Ohio State won the last meeting on November 17, 2012, 14–21 in Madison.
The Badgers received the opening kickoff but after a three-and-out, they punted giving the Buckeyes the ball at their own 45-yard line. Four plays later, Ohio State was on the board first with a 25-yard touchdown pass to WR Evan Spencer from QB Braxton Miller. The Badgers and Buckeyes then exchanged punts. The Badgers third drive started at their own 10-yard line. Wisconsin put together an 8 play 90 yard drive that was capped off by a 36-yard touchdown pass to WR Jared Abbrederis from QB Joel Stave, that tied the game at seven. Ohio State answered on the very next drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass to WR Devin Smith from Braxton Miller. The first quarter came to a close with the Buckeyes leading 14–7. On the next drive, Wisconsin got the ball down the Ohio State 11-yard line at the start of the second quarter. The Badgers attempted a 32-yard field goal that was missed by K Kyle French. For most of the second quarter, both team struggled to move the ball but with just under five minutes left in the half, the Buckeyes added to their lead with a 45-yard field goal from K Drew Basil. The Badgers then answered with a minute and a half left until half with an 11-yard touchdown pass to TE Sam Arneson from Joel Stave cutting the Buckeyes led to only three. Ohio State then drove the ball to the Wisconsin 40-yard line. On third down, Braxton Miller threw a deep ball that was under thrown. Wisconsin CB Sojour Shelton had a chance to intercept the ball but dropped it. It was fourth down and with eight seconds left until halftime. Ohio State head coach, Urban Meyer to go for it rather than try a long field goal. Brxtom Miller connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass to WR Corey Brown leaving only one second on the clock. Ohio State led 24–14 at the half.
For almost the entire third quarter, both teams struggled to move the ball. A couple of punts, a turnover on downs by Ohio State and a Wisconsin interception thrown by Joel Stave. Finally, Ohio State scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Corey Brown from Braxton Miller with 2:18 left in the third. The Badgers then took over and putting a nice drive together as the third quarter came to an end. On the last play of the third quarter, Badger RB Melvin Gordon was hurt and unable to return to the game. The Badgers would continue driving into Buckeyes territory at the start of the fourth quarter. Wisconsin would score on a 17-yard run by RB James White and getting the Badgers within 10. Three drives and three punts later, the Badgers got the ball back 4:38 left in the game. Wisconsin drove down to the Ohio State 24-yard line but the drive stalled there. On fourth and ten, the Badgers decided to kick a field to try and get within one score. Badgers kicker Kyle French then drilled a 42-yard field goal making the score 31–24. Wisconsin would try a "pooch" onside kick that went out of bounds at the Ohio State 34-yard line. With 2:03 left on the clock, Ohio State was trying to run the clock out. Wisconsin had all three of their timeouts left. Wisconsin stopped Ohio State on three straight runs and forced a punt. The Badgers would get the ball back at their own 10-yard line with 1:29 left in the game and no timeouts. After an incomplete pass on first down, Joel Stave threw a screen pass to James White. White fumbled but Stave would recover the ball for a seven yard loss. Without any timeouts, the clock ticked down to 43 seconds before the Badgers could get lined up for third and 17. Stave then completed a 13-yard pass to James White bringing up fourth and four. White did not get out of bounds but an Ohio State player was injured stopping the clock. When play resumed, Stave's pass was incomplete on fourth down turning the ball over on downs to Ohio State and giving the Buckeyes a 31–24 victory.
- Each of Wisconsin’s last 12 losses have come by seven points or fewer. UW hasn’t lost a game by more than a touchdown since a 34–24 loss at Michigan State on October 2, 2010.
- Senior WR Jared Abbrederis had a career-high 207 receiving yards, his eighth career 100-yard receiving game and his second at Ohio Stadium (113 yards in 2011), making him the first UW player with two 100-yard receiving games vs. OSU. It’s the first 200-yard receiving performance by a UW player since Lee Evans had a school-record 258 yards vs. Michigan State on November 15, 2003. With his 207 yards tonight, he moved into third place on Wisconsin’s career receiving yardage list (2,631) and now trails only Lee Evans (3,468) and Brandon Williams (2,924).
- With his first quarter TD reception, Abbrederis joined Evans (27) and Tony Simmons (23) as the only Badgers with at least 20 touchdown receptions in a career.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 15 Car, 74 Yds
- Passing: Joel Stave – 20/34, 295 Yds, 2 TDs, INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 10 Rec, 207 Yds, TD
- Defense: Chris Borland – 16 Tkls, 0.5 TFL
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Wisconsin returns home to face Northwestern. The Badgers hold a commanding all-time lead over the Wildcats with a record of 56–33–6. Wisconsin won the last meeting on November 27, 2010, 70–23 in Madsion.
After a week off, the Badgers returned home for homecoming to face the Northwestern Wildcats. The Wildcats sterted with the ball. On the fourth play of the game, QB Kain Colter threw and interception to CB Sojour Shelton. The Badgers then took over at their own 36-yard line. On the Badgers second offensive play of the game, WR Jared Abbrederis caught and 11-yard pass but fumbled. The ball was recovered and returned by Northwestern to the Badgers 39-yard line. Northwestern got down to the Wisconsin 3-yard line but they were unable to get into the endzone and had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by K Jeff Budzien to give the Wildcats a 3–0 lead. The next four drives (two by each team) all resulted in punts. On the fifth drive, Wisconsin started at their own 37-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Joel Stave threw a deep pass down the middle to Jared Abbrederis who got behind the defense and scored on a 63-yard touchdown catch giving the Badgers a 7–3 lead. After a Wildcat punt, the Badgers drove into Northwestern territory but Joel Stave was intercepted at the NU 18-yard line. The first quarter ended with the Badgers holding a slight lead, 7–3, Another Northwestern punt gave the ball back to Wisconsin. The Badgers then put together an 11 play 75-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by RB James White making the score 14–3 Wisconsin. The Wildcats would punt again and the Badgers would then drive to the NU 20-yard line but K Kyle French missed at 38-yard field goal. The Wildcats continued to struggle as RB Venric Mark left the game with and ankle injury and QB Kain Colter was in and out of the game with an ankle injury. Another Northwestern punt and Wisconsin would strike quickly again as the second play of the drive would lead to a touchdown by RB Melvin Gordon on a 71-yard run giving the Badgers a 21–3 advantage. Northwestern would punt and Wisconsin then tried to add to their lead with less than two minutes left until halftime. Joel Stave completed two passes to get into NU territory but his third attempt of the drive was intercepted by NU at their own 16-yard line with 47 second left until half. QB Trevor Siemian would drive NU into field goal range and NU got three points before the half on a 43-yard field goal making the score 21–6 at the half.
The Badgers started the second half with the ball and put together a 10 play scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Jacob Pedersen giving Wisconsin a commanding 28–6 lead. The remainder of the third quarter would see both teams unable to put anymore points on the board as both teams punters got their work in exchanging five punts (3 for NU and 2 for UW). The Badgers took over at the end of the third quarter and moved the ball into the NU red zone at the start of the fourth quarter. Wisconsin would score on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave to FB Derek Watt scoring the final points of the game and making the score 35–6. Another NU punt, their 11th of the game. Northwestern's previous season high for punts in a game was five. Wisconsin would then chew up 8 minutes and 15 seconds before turning the ball over on downs at the Northwestern 30-yard line. The Wildcats got the ball back with only 1:16 left in the game. After a few rushing plays and NU penalty, the game was over with Wisconsin dominating the #18 ranked team in the nation with a 35–6 victory.
- Wisconsin held Northwestern to its lowest point total since October 28, 2006, a 17–3 loss at No. 2 Michigan.
- Northwestern had entered today’s game having scored at least 30 points in each of its last seven games, the second-longest active streak in the country. The Wildcats had scored at least 10 points in 78 straight games.
- The Badgers are 4–0 at home this season and have outscored their opponents (134–10) this season.
- The Badgers recorded a season-high seven sacks, with seven different players accounting for the sacks. The last time UW had seven sacks as a team was October 18, 2003 in a 26–23 home loss to Purdue.
- Wisconsin allowed just 44 yards rushing. That was Northwestern’s fewest rushing yards since September 22, 2007, when it ran for 0 yards in a 58–7 loss to Ohio State. The Wildcats entered today’s game averaging 218.4 yards rushing per game.
- The games attendance of 81,411 was the largest crowd at Camp Randall Stadium since October 11, 2008.
- Sophomore FB Derek Watt scored his first career touchdown, catching a 3-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 22 Car, 172 Yds, TD
- Passing: Joel Stave – 17/28, 241 Yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 2 Rec, 74 Yds, TD
- Defense: Chris Borland – 10 Tkls, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack, PBU
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The Badgers travel down south to Illinois. The all-time series is deadlocked with a record of 36–36–7. The Badgers won the last meeting on October 6, 2012, 31–14 in Madison.
The Badgers traveled to Champaign, Illinois looking for their first road win of the season. The Illini started the game with the ball but ended up going backwards on their first drive and were forced to punt. The Badgers took over with great field position at their own 47-yard line. Five plays later, Wisconsin was on the board first with a 2-yard touchdown run by RB James White. After a three-and-out for the Illini, the Badgers struck again this time it was RB Melvin Gordon with a 26-yard touchdown run. On the next Illini drive, QB Nathan Scheelhaase fumbled on the first play of the drive and the Badgers DE Ethan Hemer recovered at the Illinois 8-yard line. Three plays later, the Badgers extended their lead with a 2-yard touchdown pass to TE Brian Wozniak from QB Joel Stave. Back-to-back three-and-outs for both teams gave the ball back to the Illini late in the first quarter. The Illini were driving the ball into Wisconsin territory as the first quarter came to a close, the Badgers leading 21–0. The Illini would continue to move the ball and got down to the Wisconsin 3-yard line but on third down, Nathan Scheelhaase was sacked by LB Derek Landisch. The Illini K Taylor Zalewski kicked a 31-yard field goal and got Illinois on the board. Wisconsin would punt on their next drive and then Illinois responded with a quick 4-play drive that was capped with a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Josh Ferguson. The Badgers would then extend their lead with a 10-play scoring drive with Melvin Gordon punching in a 1-yard touchdown run. Once again, Illinois would score on their next drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Matt LeCosse from QB Aaron Bailey with less than a minute before half. The Badgers led 28–17 at halftime.
Wisconsin would come out of halftime running and score on the opening drive of the half with a 3-yard pass to James White from Joel Stave. Another three-and-out for the Illini and the Badgers would continue running their "Two-Headed Monster" of Gordon and White. The Badgers would score on a 13-yard run by Melvin Gordon. The Illini would then put together a 13-play 74-yard drive but on fourth and goal at the one yard-line but the Badgers stuffed Illini and took over at their one 1-yard line. The fourth quarter would begin with the Badgers trying to get out of the shadow of their own end zone. They would get the ball out to their own 17-yard line but they would punt the ball back the Illini. The Illini would take advantage of a short field and score on a Nathan Scheelhaase 1-yard touchdown run. The Illini would then convert a 2-point conversion. The Badgers would not let the Illini back in the game as they scored on the next drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by James White. Wisconsin would force a fumble and close out their scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Corey Clement. With both teams playing their backups, the Illini would score on a 29-yard pass to WR Spencer Harris from QB Reilly O'Toole. The Badgers would then use backup running back Corey Clement to run out the final 44 seconds for a 56–32 victory.
- UW has won eight of the last nine meetings with Illinois and now leads the all-time series with the Illini 37–36–7. The win was Wisconsin’s first road night victory against a Big Ten team since a 42–24 win at Michigan State on October 26, 2002. UW is now 6–9 all-time on the road at night against Big Ten teams.
- With RB Melvin Gordon going over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, Wisconsin has had at least one 1,000-yard rusher in nine-straight seasons, the longest active streak in the country.
- Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon rushed for at least 140 yards for the sixth time in seven games this season and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. That ties P. J. Hill (2006) for the quickest to 1,000 yards rushing for any UW player in a season.
- James White is the seventh player in UW history to score at least 40 touchdowns in a career. He is now tied with John Clay for sixth place on UW’s all-time list with 41 career TDs. Wisconsin is 21–2 when White scores at least one touchdown.
- Senior WR Jared Abbrederis caught eight passes for 106 yards, going over the 100-yard receiving plateau for the third time this season and the ninth time in his career.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 17 Car, 142 Yds, 3 TDs
- Passing: Joel Stave – 16/21, 189 Yds, 2 TDs
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 8 Rec, 106 Yds
- Defense: Michael Trotter – 9 Tkls, 0.5 TFL, FR, PBU
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Two straight road games for the Badgers as they face-off against Hawkeyes. The all-time series is tied at 42–42–2. The Badgers won the last meeting on October 23, 2010, 31–30 in Iowa City.
Just before the game starting middle linebacker Chris Borland was ruled out. The Badgers would start with the ball. On the third play of the game, Wisconsin QB Joel Stave was hit as he attempted a third down pass. The ball fluttered and was off target and was intercepted by Iowa at the Wisconsin 49-yard line. Iowas was unable to capitalize on the turnover as they punted. The Badgers would go three-and-out and punt into the wind. The punt would only travel 23 yards and the Hawkeyes took over at the Wisconsin 39-yard line. Iowa would get down to the Wisconsin 11-yard line but would have to settle for a 28-yard field goal by K Mike Meyer. Once again, Wisconsin would go three-and-out and punt a 27-yarder into the wind. Wisconsin's defense would force and Iowa three-and-out, Iowa would do the same and then again the Badgers. The first quarter would end with Iowa leading 3–0 in a defensive struggle. The Badgers would start the second quarter at their own 8-yard line. They would finally pick up their first first down of the game on the drive but would later punt. The Hawkeyes would put together a nice 13-play drive that chewed up almost six and a half minutes and got down to the Wisconsin 4-yard line but again Iowa would have to settle for a 22-yard field goal. The Badgers would answer with a 44-yard touchdown pass to TE Jacob Pedersen from Joel Stave. The Hawkeyes would get the ball with less than two minutes until the half. They would be forced to punt and Wisconsin took over at their own 42-yard line with 1:17 left until half. The Badgers got to the Iowa 36-yard line with one second left. Wisconsin K Jack Russell came out to attempt a 54-yard field goal with the wind at his back. Just before the ball was snapped, Iowa called a timeout but Russell kicked the ball anyways and the kick would have been good. Iowa would use another two timeout to try and "Ice" the kicker. It worked as Russell attempt was short and the Badgers led 7–6 at halftime.
Iowa started the second half with the ball but they would punt the ball to Wisconsin after three plays. Wisconsin would do the same as they punted the ball back to Iowa. The Hawkeyes drive the ball to the Badgers 35-yard line. On fourth-and-one, Iowa decided to go for it and falied as the Badgers defense stuffed the run up the middle. Still the Badgers struggled to move the ball on the Iowa defense and punted it back to the Hawkeyes. The Wisconsin punt was downed at the Iowa 1-yard line. On the first play, Iowa tried to pass out of their own end zone. The pass was intercepted by CB Darius Hillary at the Iowa 20-yard line. During that play Iowa starting QB Jake Rudock was injured and would not return to the game. On the very next play, Joel Stave connected with WR Jared Abbrederis on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Jared Abbrederis was injured on the touchdown catch and he would not return to the game. Iowa's backup QB C.J. Beathard would come in but failed to pick up a first down so they punted. Wisconsin tried to move the ball but two holding penalties forced them to punt. Wisconsin punting into the wind again forced a 23-yard punt and Iowa took over at their own 40-yard line. Iowa would again get into the red zone at the Wisconsin 12-yard line but once again they were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal. Wisconsin would have the ball as the third quarter came to a close with the Badgers holding onto a slight 14–9 lead. The Badgers got to midfield put punted the ball back to the Hawkeyes. The Badgers would get pressure on the Iowa backup QB and forced a bad throw that hit off an Iowa helmet, popped up in the air and was intercepted by DE Pat Muldoon at the Iowa 25-yard line. Three plays later, RB James White scored on an 11-yard touchdown run. The Badgers defense would again force another Hawkeye punt. Wisconsin took over at their own 24-yard line and on the second play of the drive, James White broke loose for a 59-yard run down to the Iowa 17. The Iowa defense tried to hold Wisconsin but finally James White punched it in with a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Badgers a 28–9 lead. With about and three and a half minutes left in the game, Iowa would again drive into the Wisconsin red zone but failed on fourth down and the Badgers closed out the game with a kneel down.
- With its sixth win of the season, the Badgers are bowl eligible for the 12th-consecutive season. That is the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
- With the win, Wisconsin pulled ahead in the all-time series with Iowa and now leads 43–42–1.
- At 19 points, the Badgers posted their largest margin of victory over Iowa since a 41–3 win in 1999. It was UW's largest win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City since a 31–0 victory in 1998.
- This is the fourth time this season UW has held its opponent without a touchdown.
- Wisconsin's last 10 wins have come by at least 19 points.
- The Badgers scored a pair of rushing touchdowns by senior RB James White. Iowa had allowed just two rushing touchdowns through its first eight games of the season.
- Senior TE Jacob Pedersen caught a 44-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, his 17th career TD reception. That moves him into seventh place all-time on Wisconsin’s career TD receptions list.
- White finished with 132 rushing yards, the 14th 100-yard rushing game of his career. It is the first time in his career that White was UW's lone 100-yard rusher in a game. In each of his previous 13 100-yard games, the Badgers boasted at least two 100-yard rushers. White passed 1954 Heisman Trophy winner Alan Ameche (3,345) for ninth all-time at UW in rushing with 3,375 yards for his career.
- Rushing: James White – 19 Car, 132 Yds, 2 TDs
- Passing: Joel Stave – 11/19, 144 Yds, 2 TDs, INT
- Receiving: Jacob Pedersen – 3 Rec, 73 Yds, TD
- Defense: Michael Trotter – 9 Tkls, 1.5 TFL
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The Badgers then face a rare non-conference opponent, the Cougars, in the second half of the season. The Badgers and Cougars have only played once on September 20, 1980 and the Cougars won 3–28 in Madison.
Wisconsin would start the game with the ball. The Badgers put together a nice 11–play drive that would end with Wisconsin striking first with a 4-yard touchdown run by RB James White. The next two drives (one by each team) would all result in three–and–outs. The Badgers would get the ball back after an interception by quarterback turned safety Tanner McEvoy. BYU would take over after a catch and fumble by WR Kenzel Doe. BYU then put together their own nice 13–play drive but they would have to settle for a field goal. A Wisconsin three–and–out would give the ball back to BYU and the first quarter came to a close with Wisconsin leading 7–3. The Cougars would get the ball to the Badgers 32-yard line but they would put the ball rather than attempt a long field goal into the wind. Two plays later, the Badgers would again turn the ball over after an interception by QB Joel Stave. The Couguars would have very good field possession after the interception at their own 40-yard line but the Badgers defense would force a punt. Wisconsin would get down to the BYU 20-yard line but stalled there and settle for a 38-yard field goal by K Jack Russell, the first field goal of his career. The Badgers defense forced BYU to a three–and–out and Wisconsin would score just before halftime on a 5-yard touchdown pass to James White from Joel Stave. Wisconsin led 17–3 at the half.
BYU would start the second half with the ball but once again the Wisconsin defense would force a three–and–out. After a nice punt return by Kenzel Doe, the Badgers would start the drive at the Cougars 23-yard line. The BYU defense would hold the Badgers to a 26-yard field goal and giving Wisconsin a 20–3 lead. The Cougars would answer right back quick 6–play drive capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass to WR Cody Hoffman from QB Taysom Hill. A couple of stalled drive by both teams but Wisconsin would get the ball at their own 8-yard line after a 73-yard punt by BYU and were moving the ball into BYU territory as the their quarter came to an end. The Badgers would score just over a minute into the fourth quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by James White giving the Badgers a 27–10 lead. The next four drive (two by each team) would all result in punts. BYU would score after a 9–play 57 yard drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman from Taysom Hill. BYU then forced the Badgers to punt and the Cougars would get the ball back with 2:12 left in the game and down by 10 points. BYU got down to the Wisconsin 25-yard line but ran out of time, Wisconsin won 27–17.
- Wisconsin improved to 60–6 (90.9 percent) at home since the start of the 2004 season, the third-best record in the nation over that span, trailing Boise State and Oklahoma.
- UW has now won 29 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents, dating back to September 13, 2003. That is the second–longest active streak in the FBS, trailing only LSU (40).
- The Badgers improved to 5–0 at home this season and have outscored their five opponents by a combined score of 196–33.
- BYU entered the game averaging 258.8 yards rushing per game. Wisconsin limited the Cougars to 163 yards on the ground, their second–lowest total of the season (low was 159 vs. Utah State on October 4).
- Senior RB James White scored three touchdowns today, his fifth career game with at least three TDs. He now has 46 career touchdowns, which ties him with Billy Marek behind only Montee Ball (83) and Ron Dayne (71) on Wisconsin’s all–time list.
- With eight catches during the game, senior WR Jared Abbrederis moved into second place on Wisconsin’s career receptions list. He now has 178 career catches, trailing only Lee Evans (202).
- Sophomore K Jack Russell made the first two field goals of his career, a 38–yarder in the second quarter and a 26–yarder in the third quarter. He had been 0–4 prior to that kick. They were Wisconsin’s first made field goals since Kyle French made a 42–yarder at Ohio State on September 28.
- Rushing: James White – 23 Car, 150 Yds, 2 TDs
- Passing: Joel Stave – 23/31, 196 Yds, TD, INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 8 Rec, 67 Yds
- Defense: Chris Borland – 13 Tkls, 2.5 TFL, 2 Sacks
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Another home game and the return to Big Ten play as the Badgers face the Hoosiers. Wisconsin has owned the all-time series with a record of 39–18–2 against Indiana. The Badgers won the last meeting on November 10, 2012, 62–14 in Bloomington.
Indiana would start the game with the ball and move into Badgers territory. Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld then threw a deep pass that was intercepted by CB Sojourn Shelton at the Wisconsin 7-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage for the Badgers, RB James White ran 93 yards for the touchdown. On Indiana's second possession, a fumbled snap was recovered by OLB Brendan Kelly at the Indiana 14-yard line. The Badgers would score three plays later on a Melvin Gordon 1-yard touchdown run. Indiana was forced to punt and Wisconsin would settle for a 31-yard field goal by K Jack Russell. Another punt for the Hoosiers and the Badgers would again have to settle for a field goal, this time it was a 36-yard field goal by Jack Russell. Indiana would have the ball near midfield as the first quarter came to a close with Wisconsin leading 20–0. Indiana's drive stalled at about midfield and gave the ball back to Wisconsin. The Badgers would then be forced to punt for the first time of the game. After an Indiana three–and–out, Wisconsin took over at their own 7-yard line. The Badgers put together a very nice 9 plays 93 yard scoring drive that was capped with a 32-yard touchdown run by WR Jared Abbrederis. The Hoosier and Badgers would exchange punts as Indiana then closed out the half by running out the clock. The Badgers led 27–0 at halftime.
Wisconsin started the half with the ball and a big 61-yard completion to TE Jacob Pedersen from QB Joel Stave would get the Badgers down to the Hoosiers 2-yard line. Wisconsin was unable to get the ball into the endzone and they would have to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Jack Russell. Indiana then put together their best drive of the game, a 14 play, 70 yard drive but were unable to get into the endzone so they were forced to kick a 23-yard field goal. Once again both team exchanged punts. The Badgers got the ball back with less than a minute left in the third quarter. On the second play of the drive, Jared Abbrederis took a jet sweep handoff and ran 49 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Badgers led 37–3 by the end of the third quarter. A three–and–out for the Hooisers would then lead to another scoring drive for the Badgers, a 19-yard touchdown run by RB Corey Clement. Indiana's next drive would again stall right at midfield so they punted the ball back to Wisconsin. The Badgers started the drive at their own 17-yard line and they would use 9 plays (all running plays) to go 83 yards and score on a 21-yard touchdown run by Corey Clement. The Hoosier got the ball with less than two minutes left in the game. They ran the ball four times as time expired. Badgers would win 51–3.
- Wisconsin has won nine straight games against Indiana, outscoring the Hoosiers 467–136 in those games. UW has averaged 346.0 rushing yards per game in those nine wins. It is the longest win streak by either team in the series (dates back to 1907).
- Indiana entered the game averaging 43.1 points and 527.1 yards of total offense per game, both in the top 10 in the country. The Badgers limited them to 3 points and 224 yards.
- UW entered the game tied for the national lead, allowing opponents to score touchdowns on just 39.1 percent of its red zone trips. After IU went 0-for-1 on TDs inside the red zone, the Badgers have allowed just nine touchdowns on 24 red zone trips (37.5%).
- The Badgers rushed for 554 yards on 50 carries (11.1 ypc.). That's the second-best total in school history and the most by an FBS team this season.
- UW had seven rushes of at least 30 yards during the game. That’s more than 73 FBS teams had on the SEASON entering the game Saturday.
- Wisconsin finished the game with 676 yards of total offense, second-highest total in school history and the 17th time the Badgers have gone over 600 yards. Five of those performances have been again Indiana, including three times in the last six meetings. UW’s school record of 705 total yards came vs. Indiana in 1999.
- With a 93-yard touchdown run on the Badgers’ first play from scrimmage, senior RB James White went over 1,000 yards for the season. He finished with a career-high 205 yards on the day and has 1,156 on the season. He is the eighth player in school history to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons as he ran for 1,052 yards as a true freshman in 2010.
- White’s 93-yard run is the longest in Wisconsin history and just the third run of at least 90 yards in school history. The others were a 91-yarder by Tom Bringham vs. Western Michigan on September 21, 1963 and a 90-yard run by David Gilreath at Indiana on November 8, 2008. It was the second-longest play from scrimmage in school history, surpassed only by a 99-yard touchdown pass from Jim Sorgi to Lee Evans vs. Akron on September 6, 2003.
- White and Melvin Gordon have both surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau. This is the second time in school history UW has had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. White and John Clay both went over 1,000 yards in 2010.
- White has now scored 47 touchdowns in his career, taking over third place in Wisconsin history. He trails only the NCAA’s all-time leader, Montee Ball (83) and college football’s all-time leading rusher, Ron Dayne (71). White’s 47 TDs also rank ninth all-time among Big Ten players.
- White also moved past Billy Marek and into fifth on UW’s career rushing list with 3,727 yards.
- Senior WR Jared Abbrederis scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career, scoring on a 32-yard run in the third quarter and a 49-yard run in the third quarter. He now has 24 career TDs, including eight this season. He finished the game with three rushes for 86 yards.
- Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement all surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in the game. This marked the fourth time in school history and the second time this season that the Badgers had three 100-yard rushers in the same game. White finished with 205 yards, Gordon 146 yards and Clement 108 yards.
- Rushing: James White – 20 Car, 205 Yds, TD
- Passing: Joel Stave – 7/15, 122 Yds
- Receiving: Jacob Pedersen – 3 Rec, 92 Yds
- Defense: Chris Borland – 10 Tkls, 1.5 TFL
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The longest rivalry in Division I FBS is Wisconsin vs. Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have a slight all-time series lead over the Badgers, 56–58–8. The Badgers won the last meeting on October 20, 2012, 38–13 in Madison.
The Golden Gophers would start the game with the ball on a chilly afternoon in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The stout Badgers defense would get right to work forcing a three–and–out. Wisconsin's first offensive play was a 49-yard run by RB James White down to the Minnesota 12-yard line. The Gopher defense would hold up and force Wisconsin to kick a 31-yard field goal by K Jack Russell. Minnesota would then punt again after only three offensive plays. Wisconsin moved the ball to about midfield but were forced to punt. The Golden Gophers took over at their own 4-yard line and picked up a couple of first downs but once again had to punt. The Badgers then had their own three–and–out and punting the ball back to the Gophers who took over right aroung midfield as the first quarter came to a close. On the first play of the second quarter, Minnesota QB Philip Nelson threw a 9-yard pass to WR Maxx Williams but the ball the stripped by Badgers S Nate Hammon and recovered by LB Derek Landisch at the Badgers 32-yard line. Three plays later, Wisconsin QB Joel Stave threw and interception to Gophers CB Aaron Hill who returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. Wisconsin would move the ball into Minnesota territory but were forced to punt it back to Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were putting together a nice drive but on third down and 11 from the Wisconsin 36-yard line, LB Brendan Kelly hit the Gophers QB Nelson and forced a fumble that was recovered by Badgers LB Chris Borland. Five plays later, Wisconsin was in the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run by James White. The Badgers defense moved the Gophers offense back and forced a three–and–out. The Badgers then used a 12 play drive and got down to the Minnesota 2-yard line but were forced to kick a 20-yard field goal by Jack Russell. The Gophers would take a knee to close out the half, Wisconsin led 13–7.
The second half started with the Badgers marching 83 yards on the Gophers and scoring on a 2-yard touchdown pass to WR Jared Abbrederis from Joel Stave. On the Gophers first play of the second half, RB David Cobb would stripped by Chris Borland and Borland would also recover the fumble. The Badgers had the ball at the Golden Gophers 26-yard line but could not get in the end zone. They tried a 38-yard field goal but missed. Minnesota would punt after unable to pick up a first down. The Badgers took over with very good field possession but would also punt the ball back to Minnesota. The Gophers picked up one first down but the Badgers defense again held firm and forced a punt that was returned by Jared Abbrederis down to the Gophers 33-yard line as the third quarter came to a close. Three straight incompletions by the Badgers would set up a fourth down where the Badgers tried a trick punt play that failed. A big 31-yard completion by the Gophers on their drive put them inside the Badgers 40-yard line. They could not pickup another first down and the Badgers defense held on a fourth down try by the Gophers. The Badgers would punt after three running plays. Minnesota would drive into the Badgers red zone but only to again be forced to turn the ball over on downs. The Badgers were then able to run out the final four minutes and 52 seconds and win their 10th in a row versus the Golden Gophers, 20–7.
- The Badgers have now beaten Minnesota 10-straight times, dating back to 2004. It is the longest winning streak by either team in the history of the series (123 meetings dating back to 1890).
- Minnesota still leads the all-time series 58–57–8 but UW leads the series 39–24–3 since Paul Bunyan’s Axe was introduced in 1948.
- Wisconsin has allowed less than 250 yards of total offense six times this season, including just 185 yards in the game.
- White scored his 45th career rushing touchdown and 48th overall TD on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. That moves him into ninth place on the Big Ten’s all-time rushing TDs list, passing Billy Marek (Wisconsin) and Eddie George (Ohio State), and third place alone on UW’s all-time rushing TDs list (behind Montee Ball and Ron Dayne).
- White finished the game with 26 carries for 125 yards, his eighth 100-yard rushing effort of the season and 17th of his career. The Badgers are 17–0 when White runs for at least 100 yards.
- With a 2-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, senior WR Jared Abbrederis now has seven TD catches on the season and 23 in his career. That ties him with Tony Simmons for second all-time on UW’s career TD receptions list, trailing only Lee Evans (27).
- Abbrederis now has 2,975 career receiving yards, moving past Brandon Williams and into second place on UW’s career list, behind only Evans (3,468).
- Borland forced and recovered a fumble on Minnesota’s first play of the second half. It was his 14th career forced fumble, tying Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue for the Big Ten record and tying five others for the FBS record. With two fumble recoveries during the game, Borland now has eight in his career, the most in school history.
- Rushing: James White – 26 Car, 125 Yds, TD
- Passing: Joel Stave – 16/26, 127 Yds, TD, INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 7 Rec, 67 Yds, TD
- Defense: Chris Borland – 12 Tkls, TFL, FF, 2 FR
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The Badgers finish off the regular season at home against the Nittany Lions. The Badgers lead the all-time series 9–7. Penn State won the last meeting on November 24, 2012, 21–24 at State College.
Penn State came out on the opening drive and scored on the fourth play of the game with a 68-yard touchdown pass to WR Adam Breneman from QB Christian Hackenberg. Wisconsin's first drive would result in a three–and–out. On the Nittany Lions next drive, they drove down to the Badgers 17-yard line but would have to settle for a field goal attempt. The 34-yard field goal attempt by K Sam Ficken was blocked by the Badgers. Wisconsin would take over but after one first down, they would again punt. Penn State would punt they ball back to Wisconsin after their own three–and–out. The Badgers then were driving into Penn State territory as the first quarter came to an end. The Badgers continued their drive and would score on a 4-yard touchdown pass to TE Brian Wozniak from QB Joel Stave. Another three–and–out for the Nittany Lions would lead to another scoring drive for the Badgers. This was after an 11–play drive for the Badgers which was capped with a 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Jeff Duckworth from Joel Stave. Penn State answered on their next drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to WR Eugene Lewis from Christan Hackenberg. Wisconsin then got to about midfield but were forced to punt. Penn State then ran one final play before halftime. The game was tied 14–14 at the half.
The Badgers started the second half with the ball but punted after three plays. Penn State capitalized as they would score on a 7-yard touchdown pass to TE Jesse James from Christan Hackenberg. Wisconsin's first drive of the half would end with the first turnover of the game. Joel Stave threw an interception that was returned to the Badgers 19-yard line. The Badgers would force the Nittany Lions to kick a 28-yard field goal giving Penn State a 24–14 lead. Back–to–back three–and–outs for both Wisconsin and then Penn State gave the Badgers the ball back at their own 34-yard line. Wisconsin was moving the ball to about midfield as the third quarter came to a close. After an 18-yard completion got the Badgers to the Nittany Lions 33-yard line, Joel Stave was again intercepted by Penn State. The Nittany Lions took over at their own 38-yard line and three plays later they were in the endzone again on a 59-yard touchdown pass to Eugene Lewis from Christan Hankenberg. The Badgers next drive would end on a turnover–on–downs after Joel Stave was sacked on fourth and 23. Penn State would punt the ball back to Wisconsin after a three–and–out. The Badgers would then score after a 13 play drive that was capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brian Wozniak from Joel Stave. Wisconsin would force Penn State to punt after three plays and the Badgers blocked the punt. They took over at their own 42-yard line. Wisconsin would get to the Penn State 30-yard line but they were forced to kick a field goal. Wisconsin K Jack Russell then kicked a 48-yard field goal to making it a seven point game with just over four minutes left in the game. Wisconsin forced a Penn State to a third–and–nine at the Penn State 18-yard line but RB Zach Zwinak broke loose for a 61-yard run. He was tackled at the Badgers 21-yard line. Three plays later, Penn State would try a 31-yard field goal. The field goal try was missed and the Badgers took over down by seven with 31 seconds left in the game. Joel Stave completed two passes to WR Jared Abbrederis to get to the Penn State 41-yard line with 7 seconds remaining. Joel Stave then threw a Hail Mary pass into the endzone but it was intercepted by Penn State with one second remaining. After a kneel down, Penn State won 31–24.
- With 120 yards on the ground during the game, UW set a school record for rushing yards in a season (3,396). The school record was 3,309 set last season (2012). The 12-game mark of 3,305 was set in 1999.
- Sophomore QB Joel Stave finished with a career-high 339 yards passing and equaled his career-high with three touchdown passes. He also set career marks with 29 completions and 53 pass attempts. That is also the 21st 300-yards passing day in UW annals
- With three passing touchdowns during the game, Stave now has 20 TD passes this season, the third-best mark in school history, trailing only Russell Wilson (33 in 2011) and John Stocco (21 in 2005). He also has 26 career TD passes, which puts him in eighth place in Wisconsin history.
- Senior WR Jared Abbrederis tallied a career-high 12 catches for 135 yards. He now has 1,051 yards on the season, just the fourth 1,000-yard season in Wisconsin history and the first since Brandon Williams tallied 1,095 yards in 2005.
- Abbrederis now has 3,110 career receiving yards, moving into ninth place in Big Ten history, surpassing Purdue’s Brian Alford (3,029) and Michigan’s Anthony Carter (3,076).
- Senior TE Brian Wozniak caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and a 5-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He has five catches on the season, four of them for TDs.
- Senior NG Beau Allen blocked a Penn State field goal attempt in the first quarter. The last Badger to block a field goal was J. J. Watt against San Jose State on Sept. 11, 2010.
- Sophomore K Jack Russell converted a career-long 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. His previous career long was 38 yards.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 13 Car, 91 Yds
- Passing: Joel Stave – 29/53, 339 Yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
- Receiving: Jared Abbrederis – 12 Rec, 135 Yds
- Defense: Chris Borland – 10 Tkls, 0.5 TFL
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The Badgers close out the 2013 season playing in the 2014 Capital One Bowl against the Gamecocks on January 1, 2014. The Badgers have never faced South Carolina.
The game started with the Badgers kicking off to the Gamecocks. South Carolina would pickup three first downs but would punt after they go to the Wisconsin 36–yard line. The Badgers would then pickup two first downs on their first drive but stalled at the South Carolina 30–yard line. Wisconsin lined up in a punt formation and attempted a fake but Badgers punter Drew Meyer's pass was incomplete. The Gamecocks' next drive would result in a punt. On the Badgers next drive, QB Joel Stave was trying to throw away a pass into the ground as he was pressured but the pass deflected off a leg of his own lineman and into the hands of a South Carolina defender. On the very next play, South Carolina QB Connor Shaw threw a 39–yard touchdown pass to WR Bruce Ellington. The first quarter came to an end as the Badgers started their drive. Wisconsin would answer with a 1–yard touchdown pass to TE Sam Arneson from Joel Stave. South Carolina then drove 86 yards on 12 plays scoring on a reverse throwback to the quarterback. Wide receiver Bruce Ellington threw a 9–yard pass to quarterback Connoer Shaw. The extra point failed because of a low snap then caused the holder for South Carolina to try and run for the conversion but was tackled well short of the goal line. The Badgers answered again on their next drive with a 16 play, 75 yard drive that used up over six and a half minutes. The drive was capped by a 3–yard touchdown pass to WR Jeff Duckworth from Joel Stave. After the kickoff and a South Carolina kneel down, the Badgers led 14–13 at halftime.
The Badgers took the opening drive of the second half and moved into the Gamecocks red zone but would be forced to settle for a 35–yard field goal by K Jack Russell. South Carolina got the ball for their first second half drive. On their first play, Connor Shaw scrambled for 8 yards but fumbled after he was hit by Badgers LB Derek Landisch. The ball was recovered by fellow Badgers LB Ethan Armstrong. Wisconsin started at the South Carolina 31–yard line but failed to move the ball into the red zone and were forced to try a field goal. The kick from Jack Russell was wide right from 42 yards. South Carolina then drove 75 yards scoring on a 22–yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington from Connor Shaw. On the first play of the Badgers next drive, QB Joel Stave would scamble for 5 yards but was hit hard by a South Carolina defender. A few plays later after handing the ball off, Stave would be forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury. Taking over at quarterback for the Badgers was sixth year senior Curt Phillips. The third quarter would come to a close with the Badgers moving into Gamecock territory. On fourth and one from the South Carolina 26–yard line, Wisconsin decided to go for the first down instead to try a 40 plus yard field goal. The Gamecocks defense stuffed the Badgers and they turned the ball over on down. Six plays later, South Carolina extended their lead with a 3–yard touchdown pass to Jerell Adams from Connor Shaw. However, the Badgers would strike quickly on the ensuring kickoff. Badgers kick returner, Kenzel Doe, returned the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. The return was highlighted with a stiff arm that sprung Doe for the score. The Badgers were within three with just under 11 minutes left in the game. Once again, South Carolina would answer this time a 9 play 88 yard drive capped by a 1–yard touchdown run by Connor Shaw on a QB sneak. The Badgers then took over and got to the Gamecocks 47–yard line before Curt Phillips was intercepted. With less than five minutes left, the Gamecocks took over. Wisconsin LB Conor O'Neill then forced a fumble that was recovered by CB Darius Hillary. The Badgers then moved the ball to the Gamecocks 16–yard line but again backup QB Curt Phillips was intercepted. The Badgers defense would force the Gamecocks to punt and the Badgers took over with 2:10 left in the game still down by 10 points. Wisconsin got down to South Carolina's 17–yard line but the Badgers tried a trick play with a screen to WR Jared Abbrederis who then attempted to pitch the ball to RB Melvin Gordon but he mishandled the ball and fumbled turning the ball over to South Carolina. Two kneel downs later and the game was over with a South Carolina victory over Wisconsin, 34–24.
- With 250 rushing yards in the game, RBs James White and Melvin Gordon became the FBS single-season all-time leading rushing duo. Gordon finished the season with 1,609 yards while White rushed for 1,444 yards. Their combined total 3,053 yards are better than the FBS record of 3,004 set by Nevada's Cody Fajardo and Stefphon Jefferson in 2012.
- Gordon and White are also the first teammates in FBS history to rush for at least 1,400 yards in the same season.
- UW ran for 293 yards in the game, the third-best rushing performance in a bowl game in school history.
- Kenzel Doe returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. The last Badger to return a kickoff for a touchdown was David Gilreath, who took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2010. It is the first time a UW player has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a bowl game. The previous long kickoff return in a bowl game was also by Gilreath, 60 yards vs. Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl.
- Sophomore RB Melvin Gordon rushed for at least 140 yards for the eighth time this season, running for 143 yards on 25 carries in the game. His season total of 1,609 is good for 8th all-time in UW history.
- Senior RB James White ran for 106 yards in the game, finishing his career with 4,011 rushing yards, good for fourth place in school history, trailing only Ron Dayne (7,125), Montee Ball (5,140) and Anthony Davis (4,676). For White, it was his 18th career 100-yard rushing game, tying him with John Clay for sixth place on Wisconsin's all-time list.
- Gordon and White ran for 100 yards in the same game for the sixth time this season and the seventh time in their careers.
- Sophomore QB Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes in the first half, his 21st and 22nd touchdown passes of the season. That moved him into second place on UW's single-season list, trailing only Russell Wilson (33 TD passes in 2011).
- Sophomore FB Derek Watt (younger brother of NFL DE J. J. Watt) carried the ball for the first time this season and just the third time in his career, picking up eight yards.
- Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 25 Car, 143 Yds
- Passing: Joel Stave – 9/13, 80 Yds, 2 TD, INT
- Receiving: Jacob Pedersen – 3 Rec, 50 Yds
- Defense: Chris Borland – 9 Tkls
|2013 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster|
(as of January 2, 2014)
Note: G = Games played; COMP = Completions; ATT = Attepmts; COMP % = Completion percentage; YDS = Passing yards; TD = Passing touchdowns; INT = Interceptions; EFF = Passing efficiency
Note: G = Games played; ATT = Attempts; YDS = Yards; AVG = Average yard per carry; LG = Longest run; TD = Rushing touchdowns
Note: G = Games played; REC = Receptions; YDS = Yards; AVG = Average yard per catch; LG = Longest catch; TD = Receiving touchdowns
Kick and punt returning
Note: G = Games played; PR = Punt returns; PYDS = Punt return yards; PLG = Punt return long; KR = Kick returns; KYDS = Kick return yards; KLG = Kick return long; TD = Total return touchdowns
|Pos.||Player||G||PR||PYDS||PLG||KR||KYDS||KLG||Total Return TDs|
Note: G = Games played; FGM = Field goals made; FGA = Field goals attempted; LG = Field goal long; XPT = Extra points made; XPT ATT = XPT attempted; TP = Total points
Note: G = Games played; P = Punts; YDS = Yards; AVG = Average per punt; LG = Punt long; In20 = Punts inside the 20; TB = Touchbacks
Note: G = Games played; Solo = Solo tackles; Ast = Assisted tackles; Total = Total tackles; TFL-Yds = Tackles for loss-yards lost; Sack–Yds = Sack(s)–yards lost; INT = Interceptions; PDef = Passes defended ; FF = Forced fumbles; FR = Forced recoveries
Note - Number of starts in parentheses ()
2014 NFL Draft
2014 NFL Draft class
|3||68||Atlanta Falcons||Dezmen Southward||Safety|
|3||77||San Francisco 49ers||Chris Borland||Linebacker|
|4||130||New England Patriots||James White||Running back|
|5*||176||Green Bay Packers||Jared Abbrederis||Wide receiver|
|7||224||Philadelphia Eagles||Beau Allen||Defensive Tackle|
* Fifth round compensatory pick
Signed undrafted free agents
- OL Ryan Groy, Chicago Bears
- TE Jacob Pedersen, Atlanta Falcons
- TE Brian Wozniak, Atlanta Falcons
- DE Ethan Hemer, Pittsburgh Steelers
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