Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Overall Game Grade: C
Senior quarterback Curt Phillips proved that his knees were healthy throughout his 2013 Rose Bowl performance, but his passing was not enough to give the Badgers a balanced offensive attack.
Phillips attempted just one pass in the first quarter, but it fell for an incompletion. However, he did manage to scramble for eight yards and pick up a first down in a quarter that saw the Badgers go down by 14 points early.
The second quarter saw Phillips at his best. Joel Stave came in for two plays and nearly threw a touchdown to Jared Abbrederis, but Phillips returned to lead the Badgers into the Cardinal red zone three times. The first trip was setup by a nine yard pass from Phillips to Jacob Pedersen, while the second was preceded by a 22 yard completion to Abbrederis.
During the third red zone trip, Phillips picked up 38 yards on a run before finding Jordan Fredrick in the end zone for a touchdown, putting the Badgers within three points of the Cardinal.
However, these were the last red zone trips for the Badgers.
Phillips completed just two passes in the third quarter, the latter of which went for the Badgers second first down of the quarter. Phillips first moved the chains on a 13 yard scramble, giving the Badgers the first, first down by either team in the third quarter.
Phillips completed one of two passes in the fourth quarter. The first went to Kenzel Doe for a short gain. The second went for an interception, giving the ball back to the Cardinal and allowing the team to run out the clock.
For the game, Phillips completed 10 of 16 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown and interception.
The touchdown came after head coach Barry Alvarez used the team’s third timeout of the drive, and before a third-and-goal. However, the rest of the game did not go as smoothly for Phillips.
The Badgers ran the ball nearly two and a half times more than they passed it, but it was not enough to setup any deep passes from Phillips, as his biggest completion came for 22 yards on a pass that was deflected but still caught by Abbrederis.