2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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2014 Wisconsin Badgers football
University of Wisconsin Waving W.svg
Outback Bowl Champions
Big Ten West Division Champions
Outback Bowl vs. Auburn, W, 34–31
Conference Big Ten Conference
West Division
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #13
2014 record 11–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Gary Andersen (2nd year)
Barry Alvarez (interim, bowl)
Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro-Style
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda (2nd year)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Ohio State x#^   8 0         14 1  
#5T Michigan State   7 1         11 2  
Maryland   4 4         7 6  
Rutgers   3 5         8 5  
Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Penn State   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
Western Division
#13 Wisconsin x   7 1         11 3  
Minnesota   5 3         8 5  
Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         6 7  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
# – College Football Playoff champion
^ – College Football Playoff participant
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 13, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers were led by second-year head coach Gary Andersen, were members of the new West Division of the Big Ten Conference, and played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium.

Several days after the conference championship game in early December, Andersen left for Oregon State of the Pacific-12 Conference. Athletic director Barry Alvarez was the interim head coach for the Outback Bowl against Auburn, a 34–31 overtime victory on New Year's Day in Tampa, Florida.

Recruiting[edit]

Watchlists and preseason awards[edit]

Heisman Trophy[1]
Maxwell Award[2]
Doak Walker Award[3]
Walter Camp Award[3]
  • Dan Voltz
Rimington Trophy[4]
  • Rob Havenstein
Outland Trophy[5]
Lombardi Award[5]
  • Derek Watt
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 8:00 PM vs. #13 LSU* #14 NRG StadiumHouston, TX (Texas Kickoff) ESPN L 24–28   71,599
September 6 11:00 AM Western Illinois* #18 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 37–3   77,125
September 20 11:00 AM Bowling Green* #19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN2 W 68–17   79,849
September 27 11:00 AM South Florida* #19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPNU W 27–10   78,111
October 4 2:30 PM at Northwestern #17 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 14–20   42,013
October 11 11:00 AM Illinois Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN2 W 38–28   80,341
October 25 11:00 AM Marylanddagger Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI BTN W 52–7   80,336
November 1 11:00 AM at Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN W 37–0   52,797
November 8 11:00 AM at Purdue #25 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNU W 34–16   35,068
November 15 2:30 PM #11 Nebraska #22 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Freedom Trophy) ABC/ESPN3 W 59–24   80,539
November 22 2:30 PM at Iowa #14 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Heartland Trophy) ABC/ESPN2 W 26–24   68,610
November 29 2:30 PM #22 Minnesota #14 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) BTN W 34–24   80,341
December 6 7:18 PM vs. #6 Ohio State #11 Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (Big Ten Championship) FOX L 0–59   60,229
January 1 11:00 AM vs. #19 Auburn* #17 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN2 W 34–31 OT  44,023
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source: [7]

Rankings[edit]

Camp Randall Stadium
before Western Illinois game
on September 6
Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 14 18 18 19 19 17 RV RV NR RV 25 22 14 14 11 17 13 
Coaches' 14 19 17 17 17 16 RV RV RV RV 24 22 15 14 11 17 13 
CFP Not released NR 25 20 16 14 13 18 Not released


Regular season games[edit]

#13 LSU[edit]

#13 LSU at #14 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Tigers 7 0 6 15 28
#14 Badgers 10 7 7 0 24


The Badgers started off the regular season with a neutral site game against the LSU Tigers in Houston, Texas.

The game was McEvoy's debut as a Wisconsin quarterback. His 34.16 passer rating was the worst for a Wisconsin quarterback since 1977 when Mike Kalasmicki's debut passer rating was 5.20.[8] After the game McEvoy stated that he was "disgusted" with his performance and that he "obviously had a bad game".[8] Wisconsin's new starting kicker, freshman Rafael Gaglianone, made his first career field goal with a 51-yarder in the first quarter; his celebratory dance after making the kick was covered by some sporting news sites such as Bleacher Report.[9]

During the game Wisconsin's defensive tackle Konrad Zagzebski and defensive end Warren Herring sustained injuries. Zagzebski was taken off the field in the 1st quarter in a stretcher and taken to memorial hospital. Herring injured his knee in the 3rd quarter.[10]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 16 Carries, 147 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 8 Completions/24 Attempts for 50 Yards, 0 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 3 Receptions, 33 Yards
  • Defense: Michael Caputo – 10 Solo & 10 Assist Tackles, 0 TFL 0 Sacks


Postgame injuries and miscommunications[edit]

After the game it was announced that three players would be out for weeks due to injuries. Defensive end Warren Herring had surgery on his right knee and is projected to be out for up to six weeks. Fullback Derek Watt had surgery on his right foot and is project to be out for eight weeks.[11]

Joel Stave

After the LSU game a press release by Wisconsin's head coach, Gary Andersen announced that Joel Stave didn't play due to what was initially called a shoulder injury and that Stave was out indefinitely.[12] Stave's shoulder injury stems from the 2014 Capital One Bowl where Stave sustained an AC-joint injury.[13] After Stave claimed he wasn't injured but was dealing with "yips" as he called them[14] Andersen retracted his statement that Stave was injured but still said Stave was "out indefinitely".[14] Stave summed up the situation with "Right now, my arm is just not working the way I'd like it to, I don't know what it is. ... I've thrown how many thousands of balls in my life. I know when it hurts and when it doesn't. It just isn't right."[15] With Stave out sophomore Bart Houston moved up to the #2 quarterback position with true freshman DJ Gillins the #3 quarterback.[8]

Melvin Gordon

Andersen was criticized for Gordon only having three carries in the second half; when asked why he didn't play Gordon more in the second half Andersen stated that he "didn't know why Gordon had limited carries".[16] Gordon stated to the media after the game that he wasn't injured.[17] However, two days later Andersen stated that Gordon strained his hip-flexor on the last play in the 2nd quarter of the game against LSU and "we were trying to be smart with him as the rest of the game went on".[16] He cited the hip-flexor injury as the reason why Gordon "pulled up" on his 63-yard run early in the 3rd quarter. Gordon stated that it was a "miscommunication" with the coaching staff and that "maybe I should have really let them know, let coach A know and stepped up and told them, 'Look, I need to be in there.' I kind of just sat back, and I put that on myself. I wasn't really forceful with it. I really wasn't demanding with it, and I probably should have been."[18]

After the game it was announced that fullback Derek Watt, defensive end Warren Herring would be out for weeks after.

Western Illinois[edit]

Western Illinois at #18 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Leathernecks 0 3 0 0 3
#18 Badgers 2 7 14 14 37
Quickest football score

The Badgers made the quickest score in the history of college football. In the opening kickoff, the Leathernecks kick returner stepped out of the end zone before returning and taking a knee the end zone for a safety. One second had elapsed off the clock.[19]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Tanner McEvoy – 9 Carries, 55 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 23 Completions/28 Attempts for 283 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 1 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 10 Receptions, 122 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Defense: Marcus Trotter - 6 Solo Tackles


Bowling Green[edit]

Bowling Green at #19 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 0 0 7 17
#19 Badgers 14 27 21 6 68
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 79,849
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), Wind: SSW 8 mph, Weather: Mostly Cloudy
  • Referee: Michael Cannon
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins (Play-by-play), Joey Galloway (Color) & Paul Carcaterra (Sideline)

Melvin Gordon set a personal best against Bowling Green, rushing 253 yards on 13 carries for five touchdowns. Gordon also recorded his first career fumble as the ball was stripped by a Bowling Green defender after 322 career carries. Gordon was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance against Bowling Green; he shared the honor with Nebraska Halfback Ameer Abdullah.[20]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 13 Carries, 253 Yards (19.5 avg, 69 long), 5 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 9 Completions/16 Attempts for 112 Yards, 1 Touchdowns, 1 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Sam Arneson – 3 Receptions, 63 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Defense: Derek Landisch – 6 Total Tackles (3 Solo, 3 Assist), 3.5 Tackles for Loss (20 yds), 1 Pass breakup, 2 Sacks (18 yds)


South Florida[edit]

USF at #19 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 3 0 3 0 6
#19 Badgers 3 0 17 7 27
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:03
  • Game attendance: 78,111
  • Game weather: Temperature: 68 °F (20 °C), Wind: S 5 mph, Weather: Mostly Cloudy
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Adam Amin (Play-by-play) & John Congemi (Color)

The game was the first time USF and Wisconsin had played one another. After a slow first half ending in USF and Wisconsin trading field goals Wisconsin exploded in the second half, scoring 24 points to USF's 7 resulting in a win for the Badgers.

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 32 Carries, 181 Yards (5.7 avg, 43 long), 2 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 11 Completions/18 Attempts for 160 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 6 Receptions, 91 Yards
  • Defense: Sojourn Shelton – 5 Total Tackles (3 solo, 2 assist), 1 Pass Breakup


at Northwestern[edit]

#17 Wisconsin at Northwestern
1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Badgers 0 0 7 7 14
Wildcats 3 7 7 3 20

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 27 Carries, 259 Yards (9.6 avg, 61 long), 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 8 Completions/19 Attempts for 114 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 3 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 4 Receptions, 45 Yards
  • Defense: Michael Caputo – 11 Total Tackles (8 Solo, 3 Assist), 1 Tackles for Loss (3 yds)


Illinois[edit]

Illinois at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Illini 14 0 0 14 28
Badgers 7 17 7 7 38
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 80,341
  • Game weather: Temperature: 46 °F (8 °C), Wind: NNE 5 mph, Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins (Play-by-play), Joey Galloway (Color) & Paul Carcaterra (Sideline)

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 27 Carries, 175 Yards (6.5 avg, 46 long), 4 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 7 Completions/14 Attempts for 73 Yards
  • Receiving: Sam Arneson – 4 Receptions, 48 Yards
  • Defense: Leon Jacobs – 12 Total Tackles (8 Solo, 4 Assist), 2 Tackles for Loss (11 yds), 1.5 Sacks (10 yds)


Maryland[edit]

Maryland at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 0 0 7 7
Badgers 10 14 14 14 52
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 80,336
  • Game weather: Temperature: 60 °F (16 °C), Wind: WNW 8 mph, Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Todd Geerlings
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler (Play-by-play), Glen Mason (Color) & Lisa Byington (Sideline)

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 22 Carries, 123 Yards (5.5 avg, 22 long), 3 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 9 Completions/15 Attempts for 155 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 5 Receptions, 121 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Defense: Derek Landisch – 8 Total Tackles (7 Solo, 1 Assist), 2 Tackles for Loss (6 yds)


at Rutgers[edit]

Wisconsin at Rutgers
1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 7 13 10 7 37
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0

Wisconsin recorded its first road shutout since 1998 against the Scarlet Knights.[21] Wisconsin's Defensive Coordinator, Dave Aranda was named Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports[22] Wisconsin's runningback Corey Clement, a New Jersey native, was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.[23]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 14 Carries, 134 Yards (9.4 avg, 43 long), 2 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 7 Completions/16 Attempts for 81 Yards
  • Receiving: George Rushing – 2 Receptions, 32 Yards
  • Defense: Michael Caputo – 7 Total Tackles (3 Solo, 4 Assist), 1 Tackle for Loss (1 yd)


at Purdue[edit]

#25 Wisconsin at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Badgers 7 17 7 3 34
Boilermakers 3 3 10 0 16
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 11:00 AM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 35,068
  • Game weather: Temperature: 46 °F (8 °C), Wind: NNW 11 mph, Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Adam Amin (Play-by-play) & John Congemi (Color)

Badgers Sophomore linebacker Vince Biegel was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as a result of his performance against the Boilermakers.[24]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 25 Carries, 209 Yards (8.2 avg, 47 long), 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 19 Completions/29 Attempts for 219 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  • Receiving: Jordan Frederick – 5 Receptions, 64 Yards
  • Defense: Vince Biegel – 7 Total Tackles (6 Solo, 1 Assist), 4 Tackles for Loss (22 yd), 3 Sacks (19 yd), 1 Pass Breakup


#11 Nebraska[edit]

#11 Nebraska at #22 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Cornhuskers 10 7 0 7 24
#22 Badgers 3 21 28 7 59
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:34
  • Game attendance: 80,539
  • Game weather: Temperature: 26 °F (−3 °C), Wind: West 5 mph, Weather: Overcast
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN3): Sean McDonough (Play-by-play), Chris Spielman (Color) & Todd McShay (Sideline)

Prior to the game it was announced by both the Nebraska and Wisconsin athletic departments that the two teams would now play for the Freedom Trophy.[25] The game was referred to as a showdown between two Big Ten runningback Heisman Trophy candidates; Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.[26][27]

Through the 2014 season Nebraska was only allowing an average of 117.0 yards rushing per game against FBS opponents, ranked 15th in the nation; the Cornhuskers rushing offense was tenth in the country averaging 280.7 rushing yards per game. Wisconsin's defense was only allowing an average of 99.5 yards rushing per game, ranked 5th in the nation; the Badgers rushing offense were fifth in the country averaging 325.7 rushing yards per game.[28]

The game started off with three costly turnovers for the Badgers quickly leading to the Cornhuskers being up 17–3 at the start of the second quarter, two of the turnovers were fumbles by Melvin Gordon. The Badgers then scored 56 unanswered points before Nebraska answered with a final touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter. The Badgers defense held Nebraska to just 180 total yards of offense for the game and managed to contain Ameer Abdullah to just 69 rushing yards on 18 attempts; meanwhile the Badgers offense totaled 627 yards of offense, 591 rushing and 46 passing. As a result Wisconsin moved into first place in the Big Ten's West Division.[29]

During the game Melvin Gordon set the FBS single game rushing record with 408 rushing yards. Gordon accomplished this, as well as scoring four rushing touchdowns, in only three quarters of play. The previous mark of 406 yards was set by LaDainian Tomlinson and had stood as a record since 1999.[30] Along the way he also broke the Wisconsin Badgers single game rushing record of 339 yards, formerly held by Ron Dayne; the Big Ten single game rushing record of 377 yards by Indiana's Anthony Thompson.[29] Gordon rushed for more than 39 yards on six plays.[31] Prior to the matchup Nebraska's defense had only allowed three runs of more than 35 yards.[31]

Two Badgers players were named Big Ten Player of the Week with Melvin Gordon being named offensive Player of the Week and Joe Schobert defensive Player of the Week.

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 25 Carries, 408 Yards (16.3 avg, 68 long), 4 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 7 Completions/11 Attempts for 46 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Receiving: Kenzel Doe – 2 Receptions, 16 Yards
  • Defense: Joe Schobert - 11 Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 Sack, 1 Fumble recovery and Marcus Trotter - 12 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Fumble recovery

at Iowa[edit]

Melvin Gordon running against the Iowa Hawkeyes defense in 2014 at Kinnick Stadium
#14 Wisconsin at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Badgers 3 13 3 7 26
Hawkeyes 3 0 8 13 24

At the end of the game Melvin Gordon tied the Big Ten and Wisconsin records for most rushing yards in a season (2,109) which was set by Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne in 1996. Also during the game Gordon became the fastest player to reach 2,000 yards rushing in FBS history, on 241 carries. The previous holder for fastest 2,000 yards was Penn State running back Larry Johnson who accomplished the feat on 251 carries in 2002.[32] Gordon received his third Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week in the season.[33]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 30 Carries, 200 Yards (6.5 avg, 88 long), 2 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 7 Completions/14 Attempts for 139 Yards
  • Receiving: Melvin Gordon – 4 Receptions, 64 Yards (34 long)
  • Defense: Michael Caputo - 11 Tackles, .5 TFL, 1 Forced fumble, 1 Fumble recovery, 1 Pass breakup


#22 Minnesota[edit]

#22 Golden Gophers at #14 Badgers
1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Golden Gophers 14 3 0 7 24
#14 Badgers 3 10 7 14 34
  • Date: November 29
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 80,341
  • Game weather: Temperature: 43 °F (6 °C), Wind: S 13 mph, Weather: Scattered Clouds
  • Referee: David Witvoet
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler (Play-by-play), Glen Mason (Color) & Lisa Byington (Sideline)

The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe would decide the Big Ten's Western division representative to the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game. The last time the rivalry determined a Big Ten Conference champion was in 1962 when #3 Wisconsin defeated #5 Minnesota for a berth to the 1963 Rose Bowl.[34]

Wisconsin would trail in this game 17–3 about halfway through the second quarter but 24 unanswered points by the Badgers put Wisconsin up 27–17 early in the fourth quarter. The Gophers would score a few minutes later to pull within three points but Wisconsin would answer on their ensuing drive and pull out a 34–24 come from behind victory. The victory gave Wisconsin the Big Ten West Division title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game against Ohio State. On Melvin Gordon's first carry of the game, he broke a tie with Ron Dayne for the Big Ten Conference and team single season rushing record. Gordon finished the game with 151 yards rushing and 2,260 yards on the season. Gordon now ranks fourth in FBS history for single season rushing yards behind only Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), UCF's Kevin Smith (2,567 in 2007) and USC's Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981). Gordon needs to rush for a total of 369 yards in the final two games to break Barry Sanders' single season FBS rushing record.

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 29 Carries, 151 Yards (5.2 avg, 24 long), 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 11 Completions/18 Attempts for 215 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 5 Receptions, 160 Yards
  • Defense: Michael Caputo - 12 Tackles, 1 Forced fumble, 1 Fumble recovery


Big Ten Conference Championship[edit]

Big Ten Conference Championship
1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Badgers 0 0 0 0 0
#6 Buckeyes 14 24 7 14 59

Wisconsin lost the 2014 Big Ten Championship to Ohio State 59–0 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the first time since 1997 that the Badgers were shutout and the worst loss since 1979 when Ohio State defeated the Badgers 59–0.[35]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 26 carries, 76 yards (2.9 average, 13 longest)
  • Passing: Joel Stave – 17 completions/43 attempts for 187 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 7 Receptions, 83 Yards
  • Defense: –


Outback Bowl[edit]

Outback Bowl
1 2 3 4 OT Total
#19 Tigers 7 7 3 14 0 31
#17 Badgers 7 0 14 10 3 34

On December 7, it was announced that #19 Auburn and #18 Wisconsin would meet in the Outback Bowl. Auburn fired defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson prior to the game and it was announced that Charlie Harbison would be the interim defensive coordinator. Wisconsin's coach Gary Andersen left for Oregon State so the Badgers' athletic director Barry Alvarez coached the Badgers for the game. Prior to the game, the all time series between the two schools was tied 1-1-1 and Wisconsin won the last meeting 28–14 in the 2006 Capital One Bowl.

Roster[edit]

2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Stave, JoelJoel Stave Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 3 Doe, KenzelKenzel Doe Sr
QB 5 McEvoy, TannerTanner McEvoy Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 6 Clement, CoreyCorey Clement So
QB 7 Gillins, D.J.D.J. Gillins Fr
WR 9 Fredrick, JordanJordan Fredrick Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 10 Sanders, KrenwickKrenwick Sanders Fr
WR 11 Peavy, JazzJazz Peavy Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 12 Armstrong, ThadThad Armstrong Redshirt.svg So
WR 12 Jamerson, NatrellNatrell Jamerson Fr
QB 13 Houston, BartBart Houston Redshirt.svg So
QB 14 Senger, ConnorConnor Senger Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 15 Wheelwright, RobertRobert Wheelwright So
WR 16 Love, ReggieReggie Love Redshirt.svg So
WR 17 Rushing, GeorgeGeorge Rushing Fr
WR 18 Baretz, LanceLance Baretz Sr
RB 20 Ramesh, AustinAustin Ramesh Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 22 Kinlaw, CalebCaleb Kinlaw Fr
RB 23 Ogunbowale, DareDare Ogunbowale Redshirt.svg So
RB 25 Gordon, MelvinMelvin Gordon Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 26 Straus, DerekDerek Straus Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 28 Deal, TaiwanTaiwan Deal Fr
WR 31 Cummins, ConnorConnor Cummins Redshirt.svg Sr
FB 34 Watt, DerekDerek Watt Injured Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 36 Spurling, D.J.D.J. Spurling Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 42 Watt, T.J.T.J. Watt Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 44 Steffes, EricEric Steffes Redshirt.svg So
TE 46 Traylor, AustinAustin Traylor Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 48 Fumagalli, TroyTroy Fumagalli Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 49 Arneson, SamSam Arneson Sr
OL 52 Maxwell, JacobJacob Maxwell Fr
OL 54 Costigan, KyleKyle Costigan Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 55 Denlinger, TrentTrent Denlinger Redshirt.svg So
OL 58 Panos, GeorgeGeorge Panos Fr
OL 61 Marz, TylerTyler Marz Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 62 Williams, WalkerWalker Williams Redshirt.svg So
OL 63 Deiter, MichaelMichael Deiter Fr
OL 64 Connors, BrettBrett Connors Fr
OL 66 Benzschawel, BeauBeau Benzschawel Fr
OL 68 Gault, JadenJaden Gault Fr
OL 69 McNamara, AidanAidan McNamara Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Voltz, DanDan Voltz Redshirt.svg So
OL 71 Ball, RayRay Ball Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 72 Hemer, BenBen Hemer Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 Lewallen, DallasDallas Lewallen Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 74 Biegel, HaydenHayden Biegel Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 75 Kapoi, MicahMicah Kapoi Fr
OL 76 Schmidt, LoganLogan Schmidt Redshirt.svg So
OL 78 Havenstein, RobRob Havenstein Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 82 Stengel, JakeJake Stengel Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 84 Maly, AustinAustin Maly Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 86 Erikson, AlexAlex Erikson Redshirt.svg So
TE 89 Eckert, SamSam Eckert Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Jordan, A.J.A.J. Jordan Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 4 Gaulden, DevinDevin Gaulden Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 5 Hillary, DariusDarius Hillary Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 6 James, AlecAlec James Redshirt.svg Fr
S 7 Caputo, MichaelMichael Caputo Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 8 Shelton, SojournSojourn Shelton So
CB 11 Reynard, T.J.T.J. Reynard Jr
S 13 Bondoc, EvanEvan Bondoc Fr
ILB 16 Dixon, D'CotaD'Cota Dixon Fr
OLB 17 Cadogan, SherardSherard Cadogan Redshirt.svg Sr
OLB 19 Connelly, RyanRyan Connelly Fr
S 19 Musso, LeoLeo Musso Redshirt.svg So
CB 21 Jean, PenielPeniel Jean Redshirt.svg Sr
ILB 22 Andersen, ChasenChasen Andersen Fr
S 23 Hudson, AustinAustin Hudson Fr
S 24 Brookins, KeelonKeelon Brookins Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 25 Tindal, DerrickDerrick Tindal Fr
S 27 Jackson, VonteVonte Jackson Redshirt.svg So
CB 29 Floyd, TerranceTerrance Floyd Redshirt.svg Jr
ILB 30 Landisch, DerekDerek Landisch Sr
S 31 Figaro, LubernLubern Figaro Fr
OLB 32 Jacobs, LeonLeon Jacobs So
DE 34 Obasih, ChikweChikwe Obasih Redshirt.svg Fr
S 36 Ferguson, JoeJoe Ferguson Redshirt.svg Fr
OLB 38 Neuville, ZanderZander Neuville Fr
OLB 41 Hayes, JesseJesse Hayes Redshirt.svg Jr
ILB 43 Trotter, MichaelMichael Trotter Redshirt.svg Sr
NG 45 Herring, WarrenWarren Herring Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
ILB 46 Austin, MattMatt Austin Fr
OLB 47 Biegel, VinceVince Biegel Redshirt.svg So
ILB 48 Cichy, JackJack Cichy So
OLB 49 Schweitzer, JustinJustin Schweitzer Fr
OLB 50 Harrison, JoshJosh Harrison Redshirt.svg Sr
OLB 53 Edwards, T.J.T.J. Edwards Fr
DE 55 Dooley, GarretGarret Dooley Redshirt.svg Fr
ILB 56 Fischer, BenBen Fischer Fr
ILB 57 Ruechel, BenBen Ruechel Redshirt.svg Sr
ILB 58 Schobert, JoeJoe Schobert Jr
ILB 59 Trotter, MarcusMarcus Trotter Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 91 Zagzebski, KonradKonrad Zagzebski Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
NG 92 Patterson, JeremyJeremy Patterson Fr
DE 93 Keefer, JakeJake Keefer Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 94 Sheehy, ConorConor Sheehy Fr
NG 95 Goldberg, ArthurArthur Goldberg Redshirt.svg So
DE 96 Hirschfeld, BillyBilly Hirschfeld Fr
DE 99 Adeyanju, JamesJames Adeyanju Redshirt.svg Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Gaglianone, RafaelRafael Gaglianone Fr
K 37 Endicott, AndrewAndrew Endicott So
P 38 Rosowski, P.J.P.J. Rosowski Fr
LS 39 Kelliher, BradyBrady Kelliher Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 56 McGuire, JamesJames McGuire Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 60 Udelhoven, ConnorConnor Udelhoven Redshirt.svg So
P 90 Meyer, DrewDrew Meyer Redshirt.svg Jr
K 97 Russell, JackJack Russell Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dave Aranda (California Luthern)
    Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
  • Andy Ludwig (Portland State)
    Offensive Coordinator, Quarterback
  • Chris Beatty (East Tennessee State)
    Wide Receivers
  • Thomas Brown (Georgia)
    Running Backs
  • Bill Busch (Nebraska Wesleyan)
    Safties
  • Jeff Genyk (Bowling Green)
    Tight Ends, Special Team Coordinator
  • Chad Kauha'aha'a (Utah)
    Defensive Line
  • Ben Strickland (Wisconsin)
    Cornerbacks
  • T. J. Woods (Azusa Pacific)
    Offensive Line
  • Luke Swan (Wisconsin)
    Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Jason Thomas (Utah State)
    Director of Football Operations
  • Vince Guinta (Utah)
    On-Campus Player Development, Recruiting Coordinator
  • Evan Simon (Frostburg)
    Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 1, 2014

Big Ten Players of the Week[edit]

  • Week 4 - Offensive POTW - RB Melvin Gordon (shared with Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah)[36]
  • Week 10 - Offensive POTW - RB Corey Clement[37]
  • Week 11 - Defensive POTW - LB Vince Biegel[38]
  • Week 12 - Offensive POTW - RB Melvin Gordon, Defensive POTW - LB Joe Schobert[39]
  • Week 13 - Offensive POTW - RB Melvin Gordon[33]

Awards[edit]

Team statistics[edit]

(as of November 30, 2014)

Passing[edit]

Note: G = Games played; COMP = Completions; ATT = Attepmts; COMP % = Completion percentage; YDS = Passing yards; TD = Passing touchdowns; INT = Interceptions; EFF = Passing efficiency

Pos. Player G COMP ATT COMP % YDS TD INT EFF
QB Bart Houston 6 1 3 33.3 6 1 0 160.1
QB Tanner McEvoy 12 65 112 58.0 709 5 6 115.2
P Drew Meyer 12 1 1 100.0 17 0 0 242.8
QB Joel Stave 8 79 136 58.1 1,042 8 4 136.0

Rushing[edit]

Note: G = Games played; ATT = Attempts; YDS = Yards; AVG = Average yard per carry; LG = Longest run; TD = Rushing touchdowns

Pos. Player G ATT YDS AVG LG TD
RB Corey Clement 12 127 830 6.5 72 9
WR Kenzel Doe 12 13 104 8.0 34 0
WR Alex Erickson 12 2 -3 -3.0 0 0
RB Melvin Gordon 12 283 2,260 8.0 88 26
QB Bart Houston 6 2 8 4.0 4 0
WR Natrell Jamerson 11 1 23 23.0 23 0
WR Reggie Love 12 1 45 45.0 45 1
QB Tanner McEvoy 12 64 572 8.9 62 6
RB Dare Ogunbowale 12 34 193 5.7 21 1
WR George Rushing 12 4 17 4.2 8 0
FB D.J. Spurling 1 2 8 4.0 5 0
QB Joel Stave 8 9 −26 −2.9 12 0

Receiving[edit]

Note: G = Games played; REC = Receptions; YDS = Yards; AVG = Average yard per catch; LG = Longest catch; TD = Receiving touchdowns

Pos. Player G REC YDS AVG LG TD
TE Sam Arneson 12 25 331 13.2 37 4
RB Corey Clement 12 10 96 9.6 28 1
G Kyle Costigan 12 1 -5 -5.0 0 0
WR Kenzel Doe 12 13 146 11.2 25 1
WR Alex Erickson 12 44 651 14.8 70 3
WR Jordan Fredrick 12 12 117 9.8 17 0
TE Troy Fumagalli 12 10 145 14.5 28 0
RB Melvin Gordon 12 17 151 8.9 35 3
WR Reggie Love 12 2 15 7.5 13 0
RB Austin Ramesh 5 3 18 6.0 9 1
WR George Rushing 12 5 62 12.4 24 0
WR Krenwick Sanders 8 1 10 10.0 10 0
TE Austin Traylor 12 2 20 10.0 11 0
WR Robert Wheelwright 10 1 17 17.0 17 1

Kick and punt returning[edit]

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
WR Kenzel Doe 12 23 253 40 21 485 38 0
CB A.J. Jordan 12 1 24 24 0 0 0 0
WR Natrell Jamerson 13 0 0 0 1 21 21 0

Kicking[edit]

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

Pos. Player G FGM FGA LG XPT XPT ATT TP
K Rafael Gaglianone 12 17 20 51 55 57 106

Punting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; P = Punts; YDS = Yards; AVG = Average per punt; LG = Punt long; In20 = Punts inside the 20; TB = Touchbacks

Pos. Player G P YDS AVG LG In20 TB
QB Bart Houston 12 7 243 34.7 52 1 0
P Drew Meyer 12 43 1,612 37.5 57 16 3

Defensive[edit]

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

Pos. Player G Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds Sack–Yds INT PDef FF FR
S Michael Caputo 12 57 36 93 5.0–15 0.0–0 1 5 2 4
LB Marcus Trotter 11 43 32 75 10.0–33 3.5–22 1 2 0 1
LB Derek Landisch 12 41 29 70 14.5–90 8.0–74 1 4 0 0
LB Joe Schobert 12 38 23 61 9.5–43 3.0–29 0 7 2 1
LB Vince Biegel 12 37 17 54 15.5–66 7.5–43 0 2 2 2
CB Peniel Jean 12 23 22 45 2.0–7 1.0–6 2 2 0 1
CB Darius Hillary 12 15 17 32 3.0–11 0.0–0 0 5 0 0
LB Leon Jacobs 12 18 8 26 2.0–11 1.5–5 0 0 0 0
CB Sojour Shelton 12 19 7 26 1.0–1 0.0–0 0 5 0 0
NG Arthur Goldberg 12 10 11 21 0.5–5 0.5–5 0 0 0 0
S Lubern Figaro 11 8 11 19 1.5–2 0.0–0 1 1 1 0
S Austin Hudson 12 14 5 19 1.0–6 1.0–6 0 0 1 0
DE Chikwe Obasih 12 6 12 18 2.0–10 1.5–8 0 1 0 0
DE Konrad Zagezebski 12 11 6 17 2.0–9 1.0–4 0 1 0 0
S Michael Trotter 12 9 4 13 1.0–2 1.0–2 0 0 0 0
S Joe Ferguson 12 4 9 13 0.5–0 0.0–0 0 1 0 0
NG Warren Herring 7 6 6 12 1.0–1 0.0–0 0 1 1 0
S Leo Musso 10 4 6 10 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
CB Derrick Tindal 10 9 0 10 1.0–6 1.0–6 0 1 0 0
RB Dare Ogunbowale 12 6 3 9 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
CB Devin Gaulden 12 6 2 8 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 2 0 0
DE Alec James 12 5 3 8 1.5–2 0.0–0 0 1 0 1
DE James Adeyanju 10 4 4 8 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 1
CB A.J. Jordan 12 3 4 7 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
LB Ben Ruechel 11 7 0 7 1.0–8 1.0–8 0 0 0 0
CB Terrance Floyd 9 4 0 4 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
DE Jake Keefer 11 1 3 4 1.0–4 1.0–4 0 0 0 0
WR Kenzel Doe 12 3 1 4 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
WR Natrell Jamerson 11 3 1 4 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
K Andrew Endicott 12 2 2 4 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
LB D'Cota Dixon 3 0 3 3 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
LB Jesse Hayes 10 1 2 3 1.5–9 1.5–9 0 0 1 0
TE Troy Fumagalli 12 2 1 3 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
TE Sam Arneson 12 3 0 3 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
LB Sherard Cadogan 4 3 0 3 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
DE Conor Sheehy 12 1 1 2 1.0–1 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
FB Derek Watt 6 0 2 2 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
S Keelon Brookins 7 2 0 2 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
LB Josh Harrison 1 1 0 1 1.0–3 1.0–3 0 0 0 0
WR Krenwick Sanders 8 1 0 1 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
LS James McGuire 12 0 1 1 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
WR Jordan Fredrick 12 1 0 1 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
WR Alex Erickson 11 1 0 1 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0
RB Melvin Gordon 11 1 0 1 0.0–0 0.0–0 0 0 0 0

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