How the Badgers ran and passed: Game 8 at Illinois

Bart Houston got his first extensive playing time at Wisconsin and, like Joel Stave, targeted wide receiver Alex Erickson often.

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Time for this week’s look at the directions and success of Wisconsin’s run game, as well as the targets thrown to by Badgers quarterbacks.

So, yeah, that was different.

Who had Bart Houston and Alex Erickson as the leading passer and leading rusher before the game against Illinois? No, things didn’t turn out as planned and we’re here to show you the successes and failures in the run game plus who Houston threw to when he was in at quarterback (OK, that strategy didn’t change much).

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; LOST/PEN = a complete pass nullified by an offensive penalty; INC/PEN = An incomplete pass nullified by a penalty; D = penalty declined; offset = offsetting penalty

Run vs. Illinois

    OGUNBOWALE     INGOLD     ERICKSON     TOTALS  
LI RUSH 3 1 0 4
LI YDS 5 8 0 13
LI AVG 1.67 8.00 n/a 3.25
LO RUSH 6 5 0 11
LO YDS 18 1 0 19
LO AVG 3.00 0.20 n/a 1.73
LW RUSH 1 0 2 3
LW YDS 5 0 69 74
LW AVG 5.00 n/a 34.50 24.67
MID RUSH 2 1 0 3
MID YDS 3 2 0 5
MID AVG 1.50 2.00 n/a 1.67
RI RUSH 0 1 0 1
RI YDS 0 4 0 4
RI AVG n/a 4.00 n/a 4.00
RO RUSH 4 5 1 10
RO YDS 11 11 8 30
RO AVG 2.75 2.20 8.00 3.00
RW RUSH 0 0 1 1
RW YDS 0 0 4 4
RW AVG n/a n/a 4.00 4.00

Run (season)

   OGUNBOWALE    INGOLD    DEAL    TOTALS*  
LI RUSH 25 5 22 56
LI YDS 85 17 94 208
LI AVG 3.40 3.40 4.27 3.71
LO RUSH 29 11 16 59
LO YDS 159 35 79 279
LO AVG 5.48 3.18 4.94 4.73
LW RUSH 4 0 0 12
LW YDS 7 0 0 122
LW AVG 1.75 n/a n/a 10.17
MID RUSH 15 6 12 34
MID YDS 65 30 58 155
MID AVG 4.33 5.00 4.83 4.56
RI RUSH 12 5 11 33
RI YDS 47 15 49 122
RI AVG 3.92 3.00 4.45 3.70
RO RUSH 25 11 18 62
RO YDS 147 21 69 269
RO AVG 5.88 1.91 3.83 4.34
RW RUSH 2 0 2 9
RW YDS 14 0 9 51
RW AVG 7.00 n/a 4.50 5.67

* — Includes totals for Corey Clement, Alex Erickson, Caleb Kinlaw, Reggie Love, George Rushing, Mark Saari, Serge Trezy and Derek Watt.

Pass vs. Illinois (Stave)

 PLAYER    TARGETED    CATCHES  
Erickson 1 1
Fumagalli 2 1
Ogunbowale 2 1
Steffes 1  
Wheelwright 1  

Pass vs. Illinois (Houston)

 PLAYER    TARGETED    CATCHES    DROPS    INT    LOST/PEN  
Erickson 15 9 1   1
Wheelwright 5 3 1 1  
Fumagalli 4 4      
Ogunbowale 4 4      
McEvoy 2 1   1  
Love 1        
Steffes 1   1    
Thrown away 1        
Watt 1 1      

Pass (season/Stave)

 PLAYER    TARGETED    CATCHES    DROPS    INT    LOST/PEN    INC/PEN  
Clement 3 2        
Deal 1 1        
Erickson 73 45 6 3   2
Fredrick 3 2   1    
Fumagalli 26 15 2      
Love 7 3 2      
McEvoy 11 3 3     1
Ogunbowale 30 21 3      
Peavy 21 12     1 2
Ramesh 1 1        
Rushing 2   1      
Steffes 6 3        
Thrown away 2          
Traylor 18 10     1 1
Watt 12 10       1
Wheelwright 45 24 5 1   5
TOTALS 216 128 17 4 2 7

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