October 18, 2008

Post-Iowa notes and quotes

IOWA CITY, Ia. - Just about everything that could go wrong has for the Wisconsin football team over their current four-game losing streak. The newest 38-16 loss came Saturday to the hands of a hungry Iowa squad whose three losses in 2008 have by nine total points.

The following are notes from Saturday's game:

-Jonathan Casillas was replaced by Abdul Hodge after suffering some sort of hand injury in the first half. Hodge was the replacement because Blake Sorensen, Casillas' normal backup, suffered a hamstring injury during practice last Tuesday.

-UW place kicker Philip Welch has made eight consecutive field goals.

-John Clay's 89 rushing yards is a new career high. Although he was unable to finish the game due to a re-aggravation of a toe injury suffered three weeks ago.

-P.J. Hill left the game in the second quarter. He aggravated his foot and was unable to return in the second half. The extent of the injury was unknown following the game.

-Iowa's win evens the overall series record between the two schools at 41-41-2.

-Iowa running back Shonn Greene is the first Iowa running back in the history of the school to rush for more than 100-yards in eight straight games.

-Greene is also the 12th Hawkeye player to cross the 1,000-yard plateau in school history.

-All eight of Iowa's opponents have failed to score a touchdown on their opening possession this season.

Quote's of the day:

Bret Bielema on looking forward to the rest of the season:

"I'm responsible for everything that goes on out there, offense, defense, special teams. (I) made an emphasis to our guys in the post game locker room there that we're going to take a very critical look at everything that we're doing.

"We'll get as simple as we need to get because we need to get better at something. Right now, we're now very good in all areas of the game and that obviously probably puts us in a position where the team that's beating Wisconsin the most is Wisconsin."

Bielema on communication miscues leading to penalties:

"That just blows my mind, the communication from coach to player…Yes, that is coaching to get the player out there, but for the player to not have the retention to know that he's on a special teams unit is absolutely absurd."

Dustin Sherer on penalties killing offensive momentum:

"We've played seven games. That's stuff that you come out of camp and should have right, not seven games into it. That's just day one type stuff."

Andy Kemp on unforced penalties:

"We'll (players) take the bad credit for that and put it on ourselves. We just got to focus and be ready and everything like that. I hope to God that everyone really looks at themselves and real accountable during this film tomorrow."

Jay Valai on defensive struggles:

"We got to make plays, it's as simple as that. The coaches aren't putting us in terrible positions, we're just not finishing. It's all together, I don't know what else to say about it but it is what it is right now."

Mike Newkirk on team's ability to turn things around:

"I think we do, but it's all a matter of doing it. It doesn't really matter what we sit here and we talk about, it's a matter of carrying it over and putting it on the field on Saturday."

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