Creative play-calling confounds Huskers

first_imgIt was a rosy moment for Montee Ball after Wisconsin’s win over Nebraska in the B1G Championship. The senior tailback earned the game’s MVP with 202 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS – You can let out that sigh of relief now, Badger fans. The Wisconsin football team is indeed the Big Ten champion for the third year in a row.At the hands of the most creative game plan offensive coordinator Matt Canada has made all season, Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) blew out No. 12 Nebraska (10-3, 7-1) 70-31 in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game for its third-straight trip to the Rose Bowl.“He obviously came up with a game plan,” head coach Bret Bielema said postgame.“It was a mixed bag. Matt kept talking about having an indoor game, being able to execute certain things. There were probably a couple we haven’t used yet either that will remain a little secret. … Our kids have a little bit of fun with it, but it was still the meat and potatoes that got us where we were.”Wisconsin came out of the gate quickly in its purest style – the run. But instead of punching it up the middle time and again, Canada designed the runs to go outside and streak down the sideline.Redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon – who led all rushers with 216 yards on nine carries for an average of 24 yards per carry – scored his lone touchdown of the night on a sweeping run to the outside for 56 yards to put the Badgers on the board 7-0 only 1:59 into the first quarter.“They told me [to focus on] the sweeps and stay outside,” Gordon said. “I kept telling myself this is a big game. I want to install some trust in my coaches and teammates so all practice, all week, I told myself, ‘Go hard. … Some good is going to come out of it.’”While Gordon led the rushing attack in terms of yardage, both Montee Ball and James White also saw staggeringly productive days, as each surpassed 200 and 100 rushing yards, respectively. Ball’s 202-yard, three-touchdown performance earned him MVP accolades, while White’s 119-yard, four-touchdown day was only a portion of his role on offense. Overall, the run game accounted for 539 yards of the Badgers’ total 640 offensive yards on the night.Canada called for Wisconsin’s “Barge” formation on several occasions throughout the game. The formation has seen limited success this season, making an occasional appearance in several of UW’s most recent games. However, the formation, quarterbacked by White, led to four Badger touchdowns.With White taking the direct snap on six occasions, he twice ran for touchdowns, first for nine yards at the 1:01 mark of the first quarter and again for a yard early in the second. He also handed off to Ball for a 16-yard touchdown at the 7:15 mark of the second for the 35-10 lead (and game-winning score).But the most notable score out of the Barge formation was Wisconsin’s sixth touchdown of the game with two seconds remaining in the first half. The Badgers had the Cornhuskers’ defense fooled, as it expected White to run to the outside for the touchdown. Instead, White dropped back and found a wide-open Sam Arneson in the back of the end zone for the first touchdown pass of his career.“James really wanted to be recruited as a quarterback all year long and finally had that opportunity to show up out there today,” Bielema joked.But White was not the only non-quarterback to make a pass, as redshirt junior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis showed off the talent he displayed at Wautoma High School as a quarterback.On UW’s first drive of the second quarter, Wisconsin was facing a 1st-and-10 from Nebraska’s 28. Senior quarterback Curt Phillips handed off to Abbrederis on a reverse – a play the wide receiver is known for running. Instead of running to the outside edge, Abbrederis slowed up and found a wide-open Phillips for a 27-yard pass that fell just shy of the end zone. White scored a play later on his 1-yard run out of the Barge.“It’s always fun when you get those trick plays that you’ve been working on for a while,” Abbrederis said. “I wish I could have gotten a touchdown out of that one, but it led to a touchdown and that’s all I could really care about.”WIth a quarterback carousel often grabbing headlines in 2012, Canada has faced much criticism for poor play-calling and a conservative game plan. Time and again the run-run-pass game plan was predictable – and in games such as Penn State, it was largely ineffective.But on the biggest stage of their season, Canada & co. put together an unprecedented game plan they had been hiding for weeks.“In our business and in this conference your job is to win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl,” Canada said. “… We needed to win this game to win the Big Ten and that’s what we did. So whatever it took to get it done, that’s what we were going to do.“We didn’t try to not be creative in the past, but certainly, yeah, let’s let it all hang out. We’re going to win the Big Ten. I mean, how many times do you get to do that? For me, I’ve never gotten to do this.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more

Women’s golf: Badgers wrap up season at Big Ten Championship

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s golf team traveled to Maineville, Ohio, this past weekend to compete in their final event of the year — the Big Ten Championship meet. Having finished no better than 7th all season, the Badgers looked to finish their season strong at the Big Ten Championships. Head Coach Todd Oehrlein’s lineup consisted of seniors Nat Zeng and Jess Reinecke, juniors Tess Hackworthy and Bobbi Stricker (who only competed individually), sophomore Claire Fitzgerald and freshman Tracy Lee. For the third straight year, the tournament took place at TPC River’s Bend — a private golf club designed by Arnold Palmer in 2002.Men’s golf: As Jordan Hahn cements his UW legacy, Griffin Barela looks to pick up where he leaves offSophomore Griffin Barela and senior Jordan Hahn both ditched baseball by the end of middle school to focus on golf. Read…The Badgers had to wait until Sunday to compete in the tournament after some middle-of-the-pack first-round finishes Friday and a round cancelation Saturday due to rain.This day off did the Badgers wonders, as they shot a combined eighteen strokes better than their opening round — propelling them to a top 10 finish in ninth place.Ending her four-year career in style, Zeng led the team with a final round score of three-under par to tie for eleventh place individually. She was joined by teammates Fitzgerald and Hackworthy in the top 25. Hackworthy finished the year determined with back to back top-25 finishes — earning her best mark as Badger in their previous tournament at T-11.Softball: Young Badger core look to leave lasting impact on Wisconsin programThe 2019 University of Wisconsin softball team (31-8, 8-5 Big Ten) has already had an outstanding, record-breaking season that’s put Read…Seniors Reinecke and Zeng were also key contributors for the Badgers. Reinecke placed in the top 15 twice this season, and she started every tournament during her junior and senior years. During the final three tournaments of the year, Zeng turned into a top-25 machine. The Badgers will likely miss their two departing seniors, but now are now looking for more success from their returning golfers in the season to come.last_img read more

County Board will deal with fixtures ‘headache’

first_imgMeanwhile, the West Tipperary Junior A Hurling Final between Emly and Clonoulty-Rossmore, which had been due to be played on Saturday, has been refixed for Wednesday September 7th in Clonoulty.The change is being made with the agreement of both clubs. Chairman Michael Bourke made the pledge as the countdown to the finals of both competitions continues.The Premier County will take on Kilkenny and Limerick respectively in the senior and minor deciders on Sunday week.Michael says there’s a plan in place to deal with the club fixture backlog.last_img read more

Ageless Boino the man to beat in hurdles

first_imgThe final will be run on Friday at BSP Stadium. Boino ran the fastest finals qualifying time this morning, clocking 53.36 seconds in his heat, which is 2.54s faster than his nearest rival.Running in lane one, Boino used his experience to  advantage by making up metres and sticking with the inside lane runners at the start before making his move in the final 200m bend.Using the benefit of the inside lane, Boino overtook the runners in the last 150m with his quick turn and smooth jumps over the hurdles to make a comfortable finish.The defending Pacific Games 400m hurdles champion is a man on a mission as he attempts to finish his illustrious career on home soil with another gold medal as he has been dominating the event in the last 15 years.Meanwhile, in the second heat, PNG rising hurdler Wala Gime finished ahead of the pack stopping the clock at 55.90 seconds.Gime has been Boino’s understudy over the years and the Daru man will certainly give his older comrade a run for his money in the finals.The results of this morning’s heats in the order of finish, in heat one, Boino (PNG, 53.36s), Peniel Joshua (PNG, 54.46s), Siologa Valiamu Sepa (Samoa, 56.52s), Larry Steven Slunga (Tonga, 57.12s) and Vilison Rarasea Sailosi (Fiji, 57.51s).In heat two, Wala Gime (PNG, 53.36s), Alifeleti Tuiono (Tonga, 56.76s), Namataiki Tevenino (Northern Marianas, 66.15s).last_img read more

Official: U.S., N. Korea resolve funds dispute

first_imgBEIJING – The United States and North Korea have resolved a dispute about $25million in frozen North Korean funds in a Macau bank that had threatened to hold up nuclear disarmament negotiations, a top U.S. official said today. Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Daniel Glaser said the funds would be transferred to a Bank of China account in Beijing to be used for education and humanitarian purposes in North Korea. The North Korean deposits have been frozen in the Banco Delta Asia since Washington blacklisted the tiny, privately run Macau-based bank 19 months ago on suspicion the funds were connected to money-laundering or counterfeiting. Washington promised to resolve the issue by mid-March as part of an agreement last month on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. On Saturday, North Korea’s nuclear envoy said Pyongyang would not shut down its main nuclear reactor until the funds were released. “We believe this resolves the issue of the DPRK-related frozen funds,” Glaser said, using the acronym for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “North Korea has pledged … that these funds will be used solely for the betterment of the North Korean people,” he added. The U.S. nuclear envoy, Christopher Hill, said the six-party talks – which are scheduled to resume today – could now “move on to the next problem of which there are many.”last_img read more

Congress can put bridle on president to stop an Iran war

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It reflects conclusions reached by the War Powers Initiative of the Constitution Project. That nonpartisan organization’s 2005 study notes that Congress’ appropriation power augments the requirement of advance authorization by Congress before the nation goes to war. It enables Congress to stop the use of force by cutting off its funding. That check is augmented by the Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits any expenditure or obligation of funds not appropriated by Congress, and by legislation that criminalizes violations of the act. All this refutes Rudy Giuliani’s recent suggestion that the president might have “the inherent authority to support the troops” even if funding were cut off. Besides, American history is replete with examples of Congress restraining executive warmaking. (See “Congress at War,” a book by Charles A. Stevenson.) Congress has forbidden: Sending draftees outside this hemisphere (1940-41); introduction of combat troops into Laos or Thailand (1969); reintroduction of troops into Cambodia (1970); combat operations in Southeast Asia (1973); military operations in Angola (1976); use of force in Lebanon other than for self-defense (1983); military activities in Nicaragua (1980s). Americans are wondering, with the lassitude of uninvolved spectators, whether the president will initiate a war with Iran. Some Democratic presidential candidates worry, or purport to, that he might claim an authorization for war in a Senate resolution labeling an Iranian Revolutionary Guard unit a terrorist organization. Some Democratic representatives oppose the president’s request for $88 million to equip B-2 stealth bombers to carry huge “bunker-buster” bombs, hoping to thereby impede a presidential decision to attack Iran’s hardened nuclear facilities. While legislators try to leash a president by tinkering with a weapon, they’re ignoring a sufficient leash – the Constitution. They are derelict in their sworn duty to uphold it. Regarding the most momentous thing government does, make war, the constitutional system of checks and balances is broken. Congress can, however, put the Constitution’s bridle back on the presidency. Congress can end unfettered executive warmaking by deciding to. That might not require, but would be facilitated by, enacting the Constitutional War Powers Resolution. Introduced last week by Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, it technically amends, but essentially would supplant, the existing War Powers Resolution, which has been a nullity ever since it was passed in 1973 over President Nixon’s veto. Jones’ measure is designed to ensure that deciding to go to war is, as the Founders insisted it be, a “collective judgment.” It would prohibit presidents from initiating military actions except to repel or retaliate for sudden attacks on America or American troops abroad, or to protect and evacuate U.S. citizens abroad. It would provide for expedited judicial review to enforce compliance with the resolution, and permit the use of federal funds only for military actions taken in compliance with the resolution. For today’s Democrats, resistance to unilateral presidential warmaking reflects not principled constitutionalism but petulance about the current president. Unless and until Congress stops prattling about presidential “usurpation” of power and asserts its own, it will remain derelict regarding its duty of mutual participation in warmaking. And it will merit its current marginalization. George Will is a Washington Post columnist (send e-mail to georgewill@washpost.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more