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Wisconsin alumnus football bulletin
Volume 58, Number 7 (Nov. 26, 1956)

Wisconsin alumnus football bulletin,   pp. [1]-[7] ff.


Page [3]


Patrick J. Levenhagen William A. Lowe
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State, but he never was given the vote
of confidence that Coach Bruhn had
given him before this game.
  Bruhn turned to Williams in desper-
ation after the disappointing Northwest-
ern game, and by hard work, and a
simplification of the offense, Bruhn
determined that Williams could handle
the job against the Illini.
  Williams did, too. He ran the team
well, even ran well himself off the
options afforded him, and passed better
than any Wisconsin quarterback this
season. His seven completions in 11
attempts for 95 yards helped keep the
Illini defense honest, and paved the
way for the success the Badger backs
did achieve on the ground.
  The Badgers again found themselves
plagued by the absence of a consistent
scoring punch, but they did score twice
-something that had not happened
since the opener against Marquette.
   The Badger offense under Williams
was sluggish during the early moments
of the game, and the first two times
Wisconsin had the ball, a gain of only
12 yards rushing, one incomplete pass
and five yards for backfield in motion,
comprised the offensive atack.
  Dick Kolian's second punt of the
game was a short one for 21 yards, and
Illinois took over on its own 47 yard
line. An earlier march by Illinois from
Wisconsin's 48 yard line had been
thrown back when it reached the Badg-
ers 25, but on this occasion, the drive
was sustained for 53 yards, covering 14
plays, for the first score of the game.
  Good running by Smith, Delveaux,
and McMullen, plus a key pass from
Offenbecher, the quarterback, to Smith,
good for 5 yards, put the Illini in posi-
tion for the tally, with Rolla McMullen
charging over from the one yard line.
Miller's. kick made the score 7-0 with
just three minutes left in the first
quarter.
  The Badgers took the ensuing kickoff
and marched downfield from their 32
to the Illinois 14, where Williams
fumbled, and Guard Dave Walker of
the Illini recovered. Williams carried the
ball five times on the march for 21
yards, and tossed two passes to End
Dave Howard.
  The fumble was a back break, but a
clipping penalty on Illinois moved the
ball back to the Illini one yard line, and
a third down punt by left halfback Abe
Woodson, making his only appearance
of the game, travelled just 12 yards,
and Wisconsin had a first down on the
13 yard line.
   Six plays were needed for the Bad-
gers to tally, with Billy Lowe charging
over on fourth down from the one yard
after Wisconsin had a first down on
the two yard line.
   The extra point attempt by Glenn
Bestor was wide and Wisconsin trailed
7-6.
   Late in the second quarter, the Badg-
ers played "Santa Claus", as a fumbled
handoff, on the first play after stopping
an Illinois threat on the Wisconsin 20,
was recovered by Walker of the Illini.
   Four plays and Illinois led 13-6.
Bobby Mitchell scooted nine yards on a
reverse, and Harry Jefferson moved 14
yards to the one yard line, whence he
plunged over for the score. Miller's kick
was not good, and that was the way the
score stood until the clock showed just
3:16 left to play in the game.
   The second half was dominated by
Wisconsin, though there were anxious
ter. Illinois took the kickoff and moved
          TEAM STATISTICS
FIRST DOWNS                 Wis.
  Rushing -------------------6
  Passing --------------------7
  Penalty --------------------1
NET RUSHING YARDAGE ___181
  Number of rushes ----------58
NET PASSING YARDAGE --- 95
  Number of passes ---------12
  Passes completed ----------7
  Passes intercepted by -------- 0
PUNTS BY ------------------3
  Total punt yardage ---------26.7
FUMBLES BY ----------------5
  Fumbles lost by -------------3
PENALTIES ON -----------4
  Yards lost on penalties ------ 20
      INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
              (Wisconsin)
Passing          Att. Comp. Int.
Carlson ----------1     0     0
Williams -------- 11    7     0
Ill.
14
  1
  0
188
61
32
  8
  2
  0
  7
  26.4
  3
  1
from their 23 to Wisconsin's 39, where
the Badgers stiffened, and forced Ron
Nitschke to punt-which he did--out
of bounds on Wisconsin's 6 yard line.
  Wisconsin controlled the game from
here, but waited until the final minutes
to tally the tying score. Williams moved
the team 93 yards to Illinois' one foot
line, where Captain Pat Levenhagen
was stopped short of the goal on fourth
down. A 36 yard quick opener by Billy
Lowe started the drive, and Williams
twice on fourth down plays pulled the
Badgers together to pick up the vital
first down.
   The Badgers forced Illinois to punt
again, and took over on the Illinois 42,
and then proceeded downfield to a first
down on the 12 yard line, with Ken
Hofer's 19 yard run the highlight. But,
here, the Illini pushed the Badgers back,
and three running plays lost Wisconsin
26 yards-one being an attempted pass
play on which Williams could not find
an open receiver.
   The Badgers kept the pressure on,
however, by blocking Nitschke's fourth
down punt on the next series, with Art
Bloedorn breaking through. Martin
Booher fell on the ball, and Wisconsin
was 15 yards away from the promised
land. Four plays netted 10 yards, but
not a first down, according to the meas-
uring chains.
   Illinois spurted briefly here, moving
 out to their 47 yard line. One of the
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caught the Badgers napping, but Melvin
Pass Receiving
Howard----------
Reinke-----------
Lewis------------
Hill-------------
Lowe
Caught Yardage
   2      18
          8
          34
   2      25
   1      10
Rushing                Att.
Bridgeman --------------2
Hofer ------------------3
Kolian -----------------4
Levenhagen -------------6
Lewis ------------------11
Lowe ------------------9
Melvin ----------------3
Williams --------------20
Net
12
25
8
19
39
54
4
20
TD
  0
  0
  0
  0
  0
Ave.
6.0
8.3
2.0
  3.2
  3.5
  6.0
  1.3
  1.0
4     Punting           Punts Total Yds. Ave.
40    Kolian ------------3       80      26.7
Yds.
  0
  95
Score by quarters:
  Wisconsin: 0  6  0  7-13
  Illinois:  7  6  0  0-13
Wisconsin 13, Illinois 13


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