How the Badgers ran and passed: Week 1

Melvin Gordon averaged at least 5 yards a carry from nearly every direction he ran.

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Another season, another weekly look (and as we progress, season) at the directions and success of Wisconsin’s run game as well as the targets thrown to by Badgers quarterbacks.

For those who remember this feature, I’ve tried to format it a little differently. I hope it is easier to read/decipher. For those new to this feature, I rewatch the game and chart each play, but don’t track QB runs as they might be unplanned (i.e. scrambles) and/or sacks. Generally speaking, a run middle is over where the center lined up, inside is over where the guard lined up, outside the tackle or just beyond and wide is usually a reverse, end around, etc.

A couple of quick notes from this past week against LSU: I didn’t include Reggie Love in the individual breakdown but he is included in the totals. Also, I had to add a new stat this year: Batted down and caught. As Kyle Costigan caught a Tanner McEvoy stat but he was not the target of the pass. In addition, I gave McEvoy a throw away on one pass. He threw in the direciton of Melvin Gordon, but it was plainly obvious he was just throwing the ball out of bounds.

Here’s the key to the tables below:
LI = left inside; LO= left outside; LW = left wide (i.e. end around); MID = middle; RI = right inside; RO = right outside; RW = right wide; INT = intended receiver on an interception

I invite your comments on the new format and the rest of our coverage. You can hit me up on Twitter (link below) or via email.

Run vs. LSU

  GORDON CLEMENT TOTALS
LI RUSH 2 2 4
LI YDS 64 6 70
LI AVG 32.00 3.00 17.50
LO RUSH 5 1 6
LO YDS 29 3 32
LO AVG 5.80 3.00 5.33
LW RUSH 0 1 2
LW YDS 0 7 52
LW AVG n/a 7.00 26.0
MID RUSH 2 5 7
MID YDS 10 17 27
MID AVG 5.00 3.40 3.86
RI RUSH 4 1 5
RI YDS 23 5 28
RI AVG 5.75 5.00 5.60
RO RUSH 2 4 6
RO YDS 15 7 22
RO AVG 7.50 1.75 3.67
RW RUSH 1 1 2
RW YDS -1 0 1
RW AVG -1.00 0.00 0.50

Pass vs. LSU (McEvoy)


  TARGETED CATCHES DROPS INT BAT/CTCH
Arenson 5 1   1 1
Doe 1        
Erickson 5 3      
Fredrick 1 1      
Gordon 1        
Love 5 1 1 1  
Rushing 2        
Steffes 1        
Thrown away 1        
Traylor 1 1      
Watt 1