Wisconsin 24, Illinois 13 (my pick was a fan’s wishful thinking)

Workout notes: (yes, I work out prior to the game): weights then 5 mile run outside (Cornstalk 5.1; 11:45’ish pace)

Weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10, 4 prior to bench presses)
rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 7 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets standing 10 x 40 dumbbell, machine 10 x 200
rows: Hammer machine: 3 sets of 10 x 200.

The game: Barbara couldn’t go as I gave her my cold (the one I walked a marathon with ..but I am younger than she is)
On a gray, blustery day, two banged up teams played. Wisconsin’s starting quarterback went down with a concussion (first quarter) but the back up lead a 24-13 victory which saw Wisconsin hold the ball for just over 40 minutes and roll up 419 yards of total offense, mostly on passing and wide runs. Illinois had 333 but had two pass plays (29, 36 yards) and one long run (36) yards account for one third of that yardage.

Illinois did a lot out of the I formation early (mostly passing; not many running attempts) and appeared to play better when it played faster.

Wisconsin ran wide and had a decent “control passing” game; two end zone interceptions (including one after a wide open receiver flat dropped a pass in the end zone) kept the score down a bit.


The game started promisingly enough: though Illinois made a few first downs prior to punting, it started with a wind. The exchange of punts (a couple of them really) saw Wisconsin lose its starting quarterback and saw Illinois get a shorter and shorter field. Finally, Illinois started on the Wisconsin 37 and picked up a couple of first downs prior to kicking a field goal; 4 minutes were left in the first quarter. Note: on this drive, it had appeared that a pass was intercepted in the endzone, but official review showed that the ball hit the ground.

Wisconsin then started an 89 yard touchdown drive; the starting quarterback was back in for the first part of the drive and was replaced by the back up. The drive ended in the second quarter. It is now 7-3, Badgers.

Illinois couldn’t move; Wisconsin could and drove it down to the Illinois 3. But the defense made a stop and forced a field goal attempt, which was good. 10-3, Badgers.

Now Illinois responded and hit a nifty 37 yard pass that was held up by the wind..otherwise it might have scored. But the Illini kicked a field goal. 10-6.


Now Wisconsin drives again..but drops a wide open pass in the endzone; the next pass was intercepted; it was a spectacular interception. That got us to the end of the half.

The second half saw Wisconsin get stopped twice; Illinois once. But the 4’th drive: 86 yards on 5 plays; 3 passes in the high teen yards, one incomplete pass and then a nifty 36 yard “off tackle” run for a score. That put Illinois in the lead 13-10 and I was starting to feel good about my prediction.

But that seemed to spark Wisconsin. They got a 56 yard run off a “jet sweep” (not quite the old “end around, though the wide receiver carried the ball). Short passing took it in close where they were able to run it in; 17-13 Badgers.

Illinois couldn’t move it and then Wisconsin’s next drive took us into the 4’th quarter and them into the end zone; it was a mix of short passes and wide runs.

Now Illinois was down 24-13; and Wisconsin got the ball AGAIN on a tip drill interception. Wisconsin drove it to the Illinois 24 but on 3’rd and 7, the quarterback threw it to a well covered receiver in the end zone and Illinois intercepted.

Illinois tried to take advantage and hit a long pass (29 yards) and got a “late hit” penalty added. But they eventually turned it over on downs.

There was an exchange of teams being stopped; Wisconsin was forced to punt but Illinois had a “catch” where the receiver was stripped of the ball and fumbled.

October 25, 2015 - Posted by | college football, football, running, weight training |


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