Wisconsin Overcomes No Running Game

By Adam Caparell - January 01, 2007

Surprising how Wisconsin got it done today. If you have said that Wisconsin was going to have so much trouble rushing the ball in the first half, yet still have a 10 point lead at the beginning of the third quarter, you would have never believed it. P.J. Hill and the rest of the running game did absolutely nothing all day and John Stocco had a little trouble taking care of the ball. But he threw a couple of TDs and the team persevered. The defense played very well, as usual, to hold on at the end.

It’s been said over and over again, but it couldn’t be any truer: if Arkansas only had a QB that could take some of the pressure off of Darren McFadden and the Razorbacks running game.

- No Reggie Ball, no problem for Georgia Tech.Taylor Bennett played admirably for the Yellow Jackets. He even got off to a really nice start, completing his first 9-of-10 attempts and three scores. But when you have Calvin Johnson, you can get away with just throwing a few balls up in the air and letting him do all the work. If only Bennett had been the starter the whole season…

I had a problem with Chan Gailey’s decision to go for a field goal with 5 minutes to go that would have tied the game. Plenty of time remaining and you could have pinned West Virginia down deep. Plus it was 54-yards. That’s an extremely difficult kick for the best of the best. Travis Bell came up several yards short. Yeah, the Jackets hadn’t really stopped West Virginia much, but giving them such good field position wasn’t the greatest idea with their capabilities of moving the ball. The Mountaineers just ran out the clock and ran away with an unlikely win.

Great win for West Virginia. Coming back from 18 points down in the first half to win this game against a good Georgia Tech should carry a lot of momentum into next year. Rodriguez isn’t going anywhere, Pat White and Steve Slaton are coming back and there’s no reason why the Mountaineers won’t be right there among the nation’s elite next season.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:09 PM on January 01, 2007

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