Wisconsin Football: Winners and Losers from Badgers' Win vs. South Dakota

HJ MaiCorrespondent IISeptember 27, 2011

Wisconsin Football: Winners and Losers from Badgers' Win vs. South Dakota

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    The No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers are the Big Ten’s early season favorite, and they highlighted this with an easy 59-10 victory over South Dakota.

    Wisconsin opens its Big Ten conference schedule this Saturday against No. 8 Nebraska.

    The match up between the Badgers and the Cornhuskers could be an early preview of the Big Ten Championship Game. 

Nick Toon, WR

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    Badgers senior wide receiver Nick Toon had seven receptions in Saturday’s game for a career-high 155 yards.

    South Dakota's defense had no answer for Toon, who averaged over 22 yards per catch and scored two touchdowns.

    Nick Toon seems to be following in his father’s footsteps. Al Toon was a former first-round draft pick and three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the New York Jets, who also attended the University of Wisconsin.

Russell Wilson, QB

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    Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson had yet another impressive game, throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns against South Dakota.

    Wilson has thrown for 11 touchdowns and only one interception in the first four season games.

    More impressive than his touchdown-to-interception ratio is his accuracy, he has completed 69 of his 91 pass attempts, which equals a completion percentage of 75.8.

    With Wilson behind the center the Badgers have the right man in order to defend their conference title. 

James White, RB

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    Sophomore running back James White is on his way to back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

    Against South Dakota White ran for 95 yards on nine carries. The highlight was his 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the first six of 21 unanswered Badgers points.

    With White, and junior running back Montee Ball, Wisconsin has arguably the best backfield in the Big Ten. 

Badgers’ Run Defense

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    The only area of concern for Badgers head coach Bret Bielema is the team’s run defense.

    Wisconsin simply cannot allow over 100-rushing yards from a FCS team like South Dakota.

    The Coyotes ran for a total of 124 yards against Wisconsin.

    The Badgers have one week to improve in this defensive area because with Nebraska comes the eighth ranked run-offense to Camp Randall Stadium.

    The Cornhuskers have averaged 272.5 yards per game this season.