November 22, 2008

Post Cal-Poly: notes and quotes

MADISON, Wis. - It was anything but pretty, but the Wisconsin football team roared back from two 13-point deficits to escape with a 36-35 win over a talented Cal-Poly team Saturday afternoon.

The following are notes from Saturday's regular season finale:

-The Mustangs held the ball for nearly 40 minutes of the game. Its scoring drives went 11, 10, 15 and 15 plays during regulation before quarterback Jonathan Dally hit Ramses Barden on the first play of the overtime session. In those four scoring drives, the Mustangs ate up 28 minutes of game time.

-Barden, who was matched-up with Allen Langford throughout the game, had six receptions for 83 yards and touchdown.

-UW receiver David Gilreath totaled his first 100-yard receiving game of his career. He finished Saturday's contest with four catches for 125 yards. His 49-yard reception was also UW's longest pass completion this season.

-P.J. Hill finished with 59 yards rushing Saturday making him the second Badger in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. He joins Ron Dayne as the only Badger back to have that accolade.

-John Clay scored his eighth and ninth touchdowns of the season, including his touchdown run in overtime to set-up Philip Welch's game-winning season.

-Nick Toon caught his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter. The score was UW's first of the game.

-Dustin Sherer finished the first half of Saturday's game with a perfect 7-for-7 performance throwing. His 245 passing yards were also a career high.

The following are quotes from Saturday's regular season finale:

-Cal-Poly's head coach Rich Ellerson on his team's mentality moving forward after the tough loss:

"These guys are great guys, they love to play the game, they care about one another, and they'll use this the right way when the time comes. Right now it's hard, and right now it's so painful, but we'll handle this the right way, we'll use what we can and accelerate ourselves into the next opportunity provided we get one."

-Toon on his touchdown catch in the second quarter:

"It felt like it was in slow-motion, but you just got to keep your concentration and I was trying to make the catch."

-Clay on the certainty of playing in a bowl game:

"It's very important, giving the seniors an opportunity to go out on a good note. We know the season hasn't gone well, we just want to give them something happy to leave with."

-Sherer on Philip Welch's game winning extra point attempt:

"I knew Phil would make it. Phil's a freshman, he's a great kicker and he's got a great future. (He) did a good job of coming in and hitting that."

-Aubrey Pleasant on his career-high 12-tackle performance:

"I had 12 tackles? What? I did not know that. The whole year I've been a back up and I was a starter last year. When you get the opportunities, you've got to make plays.

-Hill on joining Ron Dayne as the only Badger backs to rush for 1,000 or more yards in their first three seasons:

"It feels good, that's a big accomplishment for me. I never go into a season worrying about the yards I have to get or anything, it's all about putting my team in the best position possible."

-DeAndre Levy on whether his beard will be intact for the bowl game:

"Probably not. I was going to cut it for this game, but I was feeling attached to it."

-Mike Newkirk on how much fun the past two weeks have been:

"It is fun, it's something that you really embrace. A lot of people get on the edge of their seats and some people may not like it, but they're games that really bring out the best in yourself. They test you and I like to be tested."

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