Wisconsin Football 2013 Spring Game: Live Analysis, Notes and Recap

Dave RadcliffeContributor IIIApril 20, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01: Curt Phillips #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to the sideline between plays while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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FINAL—Cardinal Team 61, White Team 47

Spring practice—and the spring game—has come to a close for Wisconsin football, and the defense wreaked havoc in the second half, pulling away for a two-touchdown victory. 

For all the hype revolving around the new looks on offense and defense, there was barely a hint of read option. But the defense got after the quarterback early and often, racking up nearly a dozen sacks.

Other than a missed opportunity on a deep pass and a rough final drive, Joel Stave looked like a No. 1 quarterback on Saturday, completing around 75 percent of his passes. Sixth-year senior Curt Phillips also performed well, but it was Stave who led multiple scoring drives for the White team.

On defense, redshirt freshman linebacker Vince Biegel made some noise, recording multiple sacks. Early enrolled freshman Sojourn Shelton also made his presence felt outside on coverage. Overall, the defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and didn't allow Melvin Gordon to reel off many effective runs.

With so many injuries, it's still difficult to get a good read on several position battles. It made for a fun, laid-back atmosphere at Camp Randall Stadium thanks to coach Gary Andersen's demeanor on the field.

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