Saturday was a day of firsts for redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave. Making his first collegiate start, the Greenfield, Wis. native threw his first touchdown (and interception) and took a big hit from a defender for the first time since high school.
Well, it’s official. Redshirt freshman Joel Stave will be taking the reigns of the struggling Wisconsin (2-1 overall) offense Saturday morning against Texas El-Paso (1-2 overall) in the team’s final non-conference game of the season.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, and for Wisconsin football (2-1 overall) it took all the luck under the lights of Camp Randall Stadium to come up with a heart-stopping 16-14 win over Utah State (2-1 overall) Saturday.
As a sports fan, you start to build up some expectations for the teams you support. After two straight Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl appearances, Badger football fans have come to expect consistent success.
Redshirt senior left tackle Rick Wagner stressed earlier this week that the offensive line wanted to see more run plays called. He thought the linemen were losing their identity after their dismal performance at Oregon State. Even offensive coordinator Matt Canada said the team “got off track” during the loss.
I know I have a reputation for being an SEC hater in football, and I won’t hide from it. So when No. 8 Arkansas lost Saturday to Louisiana-Monroe at home, I couldn’t keep myself from opening up Microsoft Word and throwing out a few words of joy.
When any sports season concludes, one of the most interesting exercises is to look back at defining moments. Sometimes, anybody that’s watching knows one when they see it live. Other times, the moments are shrouded and only become apparent in their importance much later. Occasionally, something appears to be a season-defining moment and it turns out not to be.
After each of the first two games of this season, redshirt junior center Travis Frederick said the offensive line was struggling to find its way more than he expected it to, despite working in new regular starters at three positions.
Gut check time is coming earlier than normal this year for the Wisconsin football team (1-1 overall). After enduring their only two regular season losses last season in heartbreaking fashion during the first pair of true road games, the Badgers must now put themselves back together after a demoralizing 10-7 road defeat to Oregon State (1-0 overall) on Saturday.
Coaches don’t get fired after two games. It just doesn’t happen. Excuses are made, scapegoats are blamed, but no one loses his job after just two games. Right?
I could spend the next 600 or so words talking about whatever you call what we watched Saturday afternoon (I’m told that was supposed to be football), but I’m not. We all know what happened and it is just not worth the effort.