With Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State you can kiss a BCS bowl game goodbye. Very early predictions have the Badgers in the Capital One Bowl, but we’ll see how things play out.
Anyway, here are some notes and tidbits from Saturday’s game. A lot of movement in the record books and Jared Abbrederis stands on the doorstep of a couple all-time marks.
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Today was just Wisconsin’s third loss at home in November. The others were last year vs. Ohio State (with its backup quarterback and in overtime) and 2005 vs. Iowa (Barry Alvarez’s final regular-season game).
Wisconsin had its six-game winning streak snapped.
Wisconsin also allowed four touchdown passes against Ohio State, but only 198 yards passing in that game.
This season Wisconsin is now 2-3 when an opponent scores first, 1-3 when trailing after the first quarter, and 0-2 when trailing after three quarters.
Joel Stave is the fifth quarterback to pass for over 200 yards against Penn State. The Badgers are now 1-4 in those games with the only win coming in 1970.
Stave’s 339 yards passing is the seventh most in Badgers history (and 21st of 300+) and his 53 attempts are the second most to Randy Wright’s 54.
James White’s rushing yards in Wisconsin’s three losses: 45,31, 56.
Chris Borland had his fourth straight game with 10+ tackles and sixth in his last seven, with the only exception being the game against Illinois when he was hurt early and finished with just one.
Jared Abbrederis is the fourth Wisconsin receiver with 100+ yards against Penn State. The others: Kyle Jefferson in 2007, Brandon Williams in 2005 and Larry Mialik in 1970. The latter was the only home game of the previous three.
Abbrederis’ 12 receptions are the second-most in a game in Wisconsin history.
Abbrederis passed Purdue’s Brian Alford for 10th place and Anthony Carter for 9th place on the Big Ten’s all-time receiving yards list.
Abbrederis passed Lee DeRamus (1993) for 7th place, Nick Toon (2001) for 6th place, himself (2011) for 5th place and Travis Beckum (2007) for 4th place on UW’s all-time single-season receiving yards list.
Abbrederis became the third player (and fourth overall) to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season in UW history (Lee Evans did it twice; Brandon Williams once).
Abbrederis passed Lee Evans (2003) and Nick Toon (2011) for 3rd most catches in a single season in UW history. The record is 75, held by Lee Evans (2001) and Travis Beckum (2007). Abbrederis now has 73.
Abbrederis is just 6 receptions away from breaking Wisconsin’s all-time record for receptions (202 by Brandon Williams).
Abbrederis now had the last seven 100+-yard receiving games for the Badgers and nine of the last 12 (Nick Toon with the other three). This was the first time he ever had 100+ yards in game played in November.
James White passed David Gilreath for 4th place on UW’s all-time all-purpose yards list.
Melvin Gordon passed Carl McCullough for 13th place on UW’s all-time rushing yards list.
Gordon passed Ron Dayne (1997) for 14th place and tied Anthony Davis (2001) for 13th place on UW’s all-time single-season rushing yards list.
Gordon passed Ron Dayne for 3rd place most rushing yards by a sophomore on UW’s all-time list.
Joel Stave passed Tyler Donovan for 11th place and Mike Howard for 10th place on UW’s all-time passing yards list.
Joel Stave passed Mike Howard (1984) for 12th place, John Stocco (2006) for 11th place, Jim Sorgi (2003) for 10th place, Darrell Bevell (1995) for 9th place, Randy Wright (1982) for 8th place and Randy Wright (1983) for 7th place on UW’s all-time single-season passing yards list.
Stave also passed Howard for second place for the most yards passing by a sophomore in UW history.
Stave passed Mike Samuel for 8th place on UW’s all-time passing touchdowns list.
Stave passed Randy Wright (1983) and Darrell Bevell (1993) for 3rd place on UW’s all-time single-season passing touchdowns list.
Jacob Pedersen passed Mel Riddick for 16th place on UW’s all-time receiving yards list.
Alex Erickson, who had four receptions, had four catches entering the game all season.
Sojourn Shelton hadn’t been called for a penalty since the Arizona State game (and the one he was called for seemed iffy). In fact, the ASU game was the only one in which Shelton was called for a penalty previously this season (he had three that game).
Jeff Duckworth has only two regular-season touchdowns at Wisconsin and both came against Penn State (his other TD was in the 2011 Big Ten title game).