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Wisconsin Badgers Defense Stymies High-Powered BYU Offense

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The BYU Cougars have one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. That came to halt at Camp Randall Saturday, as the Wisconsin Badgers were able to hold the BYU up-tempo offense in check in their 27-17 win over the Cougars.

It was lowest point total for BYU since they were defeated by Utah back on September 21st.

Star linebacker Chris Borland was back on the field after missing last week’s game against Iowa, helping the Badgers defense hold quarterback Taysom Hill well below his season average in passing and rushing. Coming into Saturday’s game Hill was averaging 252 yards through the air and an impressive 105 yards on the ground.

The high-octane offense of BYU came into the game averaging 511 total yards and 32 points per game.. On Saturday the Badgers defense allowed Hill to throw for 207 yards, most of which came in the fourth quarter when Wisconsin was playing soft defense, and only 53 yards rushing. Borland and company had Hill on the run for most of the game, pressuring him almost every time he dropped back to pass. The Badgers defense was able to sack Hill four times, two of which came from Borland.

With the hopes of playing in a BCS bowl game on the line, the Badgers defense stepped up big when it needed to. The defense at times seemed to bend, as most will facing a fast-paced offense, but they did not break. In the midst of a four game winning streak, the Wisconsin Badgers will use this game as a confidence builder to finish the season strong and make their case for a coveted BCS berth.

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