According to the vantage point I had from my couch Saturday afternoon, there were three critical errors made by the Wisconsin Badgers against Northern Iowa.
The first one occurred almost immediately after the Badgers jumped out to a 26-7 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game, when No. Iowa’s David Johnson had a 55-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in what was an incredible swing of momentum.
The second occurred in the Panthers’ following possession, this time a 31-yard touchdown pass to Johnson to cut the lead to five.
And finally, the third took place over the entire course of the game—the stubborn play calling of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Wisconsin can look at the tape this week and figure out exactly what went wrong on those two communication meltdowns, and Canada’s is an easy fix—use some common sense.
With Northern Iowa constantly stacking the box, Danny O’Brien simply should have been given more chances to throw the football.
O’Brien clearly showed he has what it takes to lead this offense, and should teams continue to load up the box against the Badgers, just let O’Brien loose. It will save us all a lot of headaches.