College Football ”Alabama vs Wisconsin” Sep 5, 2015


>>Chris: AND WELCOME BACK TO ARLINGTON, TEXAS. WONDERFUL TO HAVE HEATHER COX ON THE TEAM YET AGAIN AND SHE’S WITH NICK SABAN. HEATHER?>>Heather: CHRIS, HELLO. THANK YOU SO MUCH. COACH, YOU SAID WHO STARTS THIS GAME DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU’VE NAMED A STARTER AT QUARTERBACK. SO, WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TONIGHT AT THE QUARTERBACK POSITION?>>WE JUST WANT TO SEE TWO GUYS PLAY AT QUARTERBACK. JAKE’S GOING TO START THE GAME AND COOPER WILL GET AN OPPORTUNITY AT SOME POINT. BUT WE’RE JUST GOING TO SEE HOW IT GOES.>>Heather: WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN BY USING BOTH THROUGHOUT THE EVENING?>>REALLY WANT TO SEE HOW THEY PLAY IN THE GAME. BOTH GUYS HAVE DONE WELL IN PRACTICE. THEY BOTH DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY. WE’LL SEE WHO TAKES IT TO THE GAME THE BEST.>>Heather: NICK, THANK YOU. CHRIS?>>Chris: IT’S A LIVE AUDITION AGAINST A VERY GOOD DEFENSE. THERE’S PAUL CHRYST. BORN IN MADISON, PLAYED QUARTERBACK FOR THE BADGERS, HIS DAD WAS AN ASSISTANT THERE. WENT TO PITTSBURGH, WHERE HE WAS 19-19 AS A HEAD COACH AND NOW HIS DEBUT TONIGHT. AND HE’S GOT JOEL STAVE AT QUARTERBACK. A GUY THAT HE RECRUITED AS A WALK-ON, BUT HE CAME BACK A FEW YEARS LATER TO FIND A QUARTERBACK WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH A LOT.>>Kirk: NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE YOUNG MAN TO FIGHT THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS BEEN THROUGH. WE’LL SEE HOW HE GETS — WHAT KIND OF START HE GETS OFF TO TONIGHT. THERE’S A GREAT LEADER IN MICHAEL KA TUBECAPUTO. ON THE OTHER SIDE, REGGIE RAGLAND. NICK SABAN WILL TURN TO HIM THIS YEAR, WITHOUT SOME OF THE LEADERS THEY HAD A YEAR AGO. HE NOW NEEDS TO STEP UP AND KIND OF BE THAT ALPHA DOG, SO TO SPEAK, ON THAT DEFENSE.>>Chris: RAGLAND, RYAN KELLY, THE CENTER, AND ROBINSON, THEY HAVE ABOUT 850 POUNDS AMONG THE THREE CAPTAINS OUT THERE AT THE COIN TOSS. BUT WISCONSIN WON THE TOSS AND THEY DEFERRED, SO, ALABAMA WILL GET THE FOOTBALL FIRST. TWO KICKERS TONIGHT, ONE OF THEM BORN IN POLAND. AND THE BRAZILIAN-BORN RAFAEL GAGLIANONE. ANDREW ENDICOTT WILL KICK IT OFF, HOWEVER. AND JAKE COKER WILL GET HIS LONG-AWAITED START. THIS IS KENYAN DRAKE FOR THE TIDE AT THE 4. GOOD COVERAGE AND THE BADGERS PIN THEM BACK INSIDE THE 20. COKER WAS BEATEN OUT AT FLORIDA STATE BY JAMEIS WINSTON. HE WAS BEATEN OUT LAST YEAR AT ALABAMA BY BLAKE SIMS. HE IS THE STARTER, BUT IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THE JOB IS THAT FIRMLY HIS, IF YOU LISTEN TO SABAN.>>Kirk: NICK SABAN’S TOLD US, ALONE WITH LANE KIFFIN, THAT IT’S BEEN A CLOSE BATTLE. BOTH HAVE DONE SOME GOOD THINGS. BOTH HAVE LEFT THEM A LITTLE BIT QUESTIONING, MAYBE, IF THEY’RE THE ANSWER. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, LET’S SEE HOW THEY PERFORM IN FRONT OF 70,000, 80,000 PEOPLE AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT HOME WATCHING. THIS IS THE SPOTLIGHT, THE STAGE.>>Chris: NO PRESEASON IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. YOU HOPED TO SORT THIS OUT AGAINST A LESSER OPPONENT, A LESS CONFUSING DEFENSE. DRAKE IN MOTION. THEY HAND IT OFF TO DERRICK HENRY. AND THE BIG FELLA BANGS STRAIGHT AHEAD.>>Kirk: LET’S LOOK AT TONIGHT’S CHICK-FIL-A IMPACT PLAYERS WHEN ALABAMA HAS THE FOOTBALL. I’M GOING TO STAY RIGHT IN THAT BACKFIELD. DERRICK HENRY AGAINST THAT BIG, WITH THAT BIG OFFENSIVE LINE, HE’S THE GUY THAT THEY’RE GOING TO JUST TRY TO TEST THE INSIDE, THE INTERIOR OF WISCONSIN’S DEFENSE AND KENYAN DRAKE, GREAT TO SEE HIM BACK, THEY’LL MOVE HIM AROUND, ALL OVER THE PLACE AND FOR WISCONSIN, IT’S THE TWO OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS, SCHOBERT AND BIEGEL.>>Chris: HENRY AGAIN. HE AND YELDON HAD SIMILAR STATS LAST YEAR AND NOW HENRY, THE NUMBER ONE RUNNING BACK RECRUIT, HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER IN 2012, HEAVILY HYPED WHEN HE GOT THERE. THIS IS HIS YEAR. THIRD AND SHORT. TIDE ARE PLAYING QUICK. HENRY AGAIN. VERY TOUGH TO STOP HIM DOWNHILL, FIRST DOWN AT THE 32.>>Kirk: THIS ALABAMA OFFENSE, THEY ARE CONFIDENT IN RUNNING THE FOOTBALL. BEHIND AN OFFENSIVE LINE, AGAIN, MUCH LIKE WISCONSIN, THEY’RE BREAKING IN SOME NEW STARTERS THEMSELVES, AND BECAUSE OF THAT, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE WISCONSIN REALLY CHEAT UP IN THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP OUT AGAINST THAT BIG POWERFUL OFFENSIVE LINE.>>Chris: BADGERS HAVE A MAN WHO IS IN THE ALABAMA BACKFIELD, SHAKEN UP. THE TRAINERS CHECKING HIM OUT. THAT IS MICHAEL CAPUTO, THE SENIOR CAPTAIN, THE STRONG SAFETY. A GUY THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO NOT HAVE IN THERE.>>Kirk: HE’S THE LEADER. MENTIONED HE WAS ALL CONFERENCE A YEAR AGO. GOOD TO SEE HIM JOGGING OFF.>>Chris: 28th START TONIGHT, THE GUY WHO HAS A REPUTATION OF PLAYING THROUGH PAIN.>>Kirk: HE’S GOT SOME BLOOD COMING DOWN.>>Chris: EVEN WITH THE SHIELD.>>Kirk: ALABAMA, THREE PLAYS, THREE STRAIGHT RUNS. TALK ABOUT THE CONFIDENCE THEY HAVE. NOW, YOU START TO WONDER, COKER, AFTER THREE RUN, DO YOU MIX IN A QUICK THROW, SOMETHING TO GET HIM SETTLED INTO THE GAME.>>Chris: IN THE PISTOL FORMATION. SOMETHING THAT LANE KIFFIN TOLD US HE’LL USE A LOT THIS YEAR. HERE’S HENRY AGAIN. GOOD PENETRATION BY THE BADGERS, AS THEY SMOTHER HIM. ARTHUR GOLDBERG, THE JUNIOR DEFENSIVE END, GOT THERE QUICKLY.>>Kirk: GOLDBERG WITH A TREMENDOUS EFFORT HERE. KEEP IN MIND, HE’S GOING UP AGAINST CAM ROBINSON. HE DEEMS WITH A DOUBLE TEAM, SHEDS IT, INCLUDING ROBINSON AND IS THERE TO MAKE THE PLAY CLOSE TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.>>Chris: COKER’S FIRST PASS ATTEMPT AS A STARTER WAS A COMPLETION, BUT A VERY SHORT GAIN, AS ROBERT FOSTER, THE SOPHOMORE RECEIVER WAS HAMMERED BY SOJOURN SHELTON.>>Kirk: HE WAS LITERALLY LOOKING OVER TO LANE KIFFIN AND THE NEW THING WITH ALABAMA THIS YEAR IS, THEY ARE ACTUALLY FLIPPING UP CARDS TO SHOW THE PLAY. AND HE WAS LOOKING OVER AS THOSE CARDS UNTIL THE LAST SECOND. YOU CAN SEE LANE, THE FRUSTRATION THERE, BECAUSE OF THE MISCOMMUNICATION.>>Chris: DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR NICK TO VISIT THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, DID IT? THIRD DOWN. THEY NEED EIGHT. PLAY ACTION. COKER. CANNOT ESCAPE! THEY GOT A GOOD PASS RUSH AND THAT’S THE OUTSIDE LINEBACKER, JOE SCHOBERT ON THE SACK.>>Kirk: THEY RUSHED THREE HERE. THIS IS A VETERAN SECONDARY THAT’S GOING TO DISGUISE A LOT OF COVERAGE AND TO YOUR LEFT, OVER HERE, WATCH THE PRESSURE COME AND HE’S GOING UP AGAINST ONE OF THE BEST OFFENSIVE TACKLES IN CAM ROBINSON. JOE SCHOBERT IS A HIGH SCHOOL TAILBACK, HAS EMERGED AS ONE OF THE BETTER PASS RUSHERS, NOT ONLY FOR WISCONSIN BUT IN THE BIG TEN. HE SHOWED WHAT HE COULD DO LAST YEAR AGAINST LSU, AND HERE EARLY, SCHOBERT, AGAIN IN THE BACKFIELD FOR THE BADGERS.>>Chris: LOOK AT THE STRENGTH TO MAKE AN ARM TACKLE ON A BIG QUARTERBACK.>>Kirk: AND DID YOU SEE HIM GO THROUGH CAM ROBINSON?>>Chris: BADGERS FORCE A PUNT FROM J.K. SCOTT, THE BRILLIANT SOPHOMORE KICKER, IN TRAFFIC, ALEX ERICKSON DECIDES NOT TO MAKE A FAIR CATCH AND IS HIT IMMEDIATELY AT THE 35 BY FITZPATRICK, ONE OF THE TRUE FRESHMEN CORNERS.>>Kirk: LOOKED LIKE HE GOT HIT BEFORE HE CAUGHT THE BALL.>>Chris: JOEL STAVE AND THE BADGERS TAKE OVE>>Chris: OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING GOODYEAR HAS LEARNED MAKING TIRES THAT GO THE DISTANCE INSPIRES WHAT THEY ROLL INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR, MORE DRIVEN. THE OFFICIAL AERIAL PROVIDER OF SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. SO, WE’LL DETAIL A KEY INJURY ON THE WISCONSIN DEFENSE MOMENTARILY, AS THE OFFENSE TAKES OVER FOR THEIR FIRST POSSESSION OF THE SEASON. AND JOEL STAVE, SHOWING A SMILE, KIRK. WHAT A DIFFERENCE FROM A YEAR AGO, WHEN HE WAS UNABLE TO THROW A BALL AND COULDN’T HELP HIS TEAM IN THAT GAME IN HOUSTON AGAINST LSU. HIS 29th START. COR COREY CLEMENT IS DEEP. A LITTLE CREASE AND A QUICK BURST ACROSS THE 40.>>Kirk: LOOK NOW AT WISCONSIN WITH THE FOOTBALL, AND CHICK-FIL-A IMPACT PLAYERS FOR THE BADGERS, OF COURSE, WE KNOW THEY WANT TO RUN THE FOOTBALL WITH CLEMENT. PHYSICAL BACK. CAN BRING A LOT TO THE TABLE. TAKE SOME OF THE PRESSURE OFF THE PASSING GAME. WHEN THEY THROW, ALEX ERICKSON IS A VERY PHYSICAL RECEIVER. MADE SOME PLAYS LAST YEAR. AND JARRAN REED IS NUMBER 90, KIND OF THE LEADER OF THE DEFENSIVE LINE, THE TALENTED DEFENSIVE LINE FOR ALABAMA.>>Chris: CLEMENT AGAIN. HE AND MELVIN GORDON SET THE RECORD FOR A RUNNING BACK DUO LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 3,500 YARDS. A LOT OF THEM WERE MELVIN’S, BUT THE OFFENSIVE LINE, THERE ARE THREE NEW FACES UP THERE.>>Kirk: YEAH, VOLTZ UNTIL THE MIDDLE AND MARZ WHO HAVE PLAYED A LOT OF FOOTBALL. THE OTHER THREE ARE TAKING THEIR FIRST SNAPS TONIGHT. A FRESHMAN, THE LEFT GUARD, DEITER, ALL OF THESE GUYS ARE TALENTED, BUT YOU WONDER HOW DO YOU RESPOND, NOT ONLY IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, WITH THE CROWD NOISE, BUT ALSO GOING UP AGAINST A PRETTY — VERY TALENTED GROUP OF DEFENDERS.>>Chris: SEE WHAT THAT O-LINE CAN DO ON THIRD DOWN. BADGERS SPREAD THE FIELD. RUNNING BACK TO THE LEFT OF STAVE. PLENTY OF TIME AND HE FLIPS IT SHORT. MAKES THE CATCH AND HAS A FIRST DOWN IN ALABAMA TERRITORY. HE’S AN EXCELLENT VERSATILE BACK WHO JUST GOT A SCHOLARSHIP IN THE SPRING.>>Kirk: IT’S THE MATCH-UP THAT YOU LIKE IF YOU’RE WISCONSIN WITH A RUNNING BACK UP AGAINST A LINEBACKER, KIND OF A NICKELBACK. YOU HAVE FOSTER IN COVERAGE, AND JUST A GOOD JOB OF GETTING SEPARATION AND YOU CAN SEE WITH STAVE, HE’S IN RHYTHM THERE, LIKE ANY QUARTERBACK. LOOKS VERY POISED. HE’S MAKING HIS 29th START TONIGHT FOR THIS WISCONSIN OFFENSE.>>Chris: CLEMENT AGAIN. AS THEY TEST THE MIDDLE OF THAT ALABAMA DEFENSIVE LINE. STAVE’S HAD CLOSE TO 5,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS. BUT AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH HE STARTED GAMES OVER FOUR SEASONS, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME UPS AND DOWNS. HE’S HAD TO BE RESILIENT.>>Chris: HE WENT THROUGH A BIZARRE SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES LAST YEAR. HE WAS A STARTER THE YEAR BEFORE, THE TERM, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, IS THE YIPS. YOU HEAR ABOUT IT IN BASEBALL, SOMETIMES YOU HEAR ABOUT IT IN GOLF, AND HE COULD NOT THROW THE FOOTBALL ACCURATELY. TANNER McAVOY STEPPED IN. BY THE FIFTH GAME, HE HAD SETTLED DOWN, HE WAS BACK TO PLAYING QUARTERBACK.>>Chris: CLEMENT, HEAVY TRAFFIC, ALL THOSE BIG ALABAMA BODIES. YOU CAN’T FIND A BIGGER, MORE ATHLETIC FRONT IN THE COUNTRY THAN THE TIDE.>>Kirk: I THINK BECAUSE ALABAMA’S SO CONFIDENT IN THEIR CORNERS, IN THE SECONDARY MATCHING UP AGAINST WISCONSIN, THEY WANT TO SEE IF STAVE AND THE RECEIVERS CAN BEAT THEM. THEY’RE GOING TO PIN THEIR EARS BACK AND DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO CLOG THE MIDDLE AND EAT UP THOSE BLOCKS AND FREE THE LINEBACKERS UP.>>Chris: DOESN’T GET ANYMORE CLOGGED THAN THE MIDDLE WAS THERE.>>Kirk: I DON’T CARE IF YOU ARE MELVIN GORDON, MONTEE BALL, NO ONE’S GOING THROUGH THAT.>>Chris: THEY NEED SIX. TIDE RUSH FOUR. STAVE GETS IT AWAY, DELIVERS HIGH. TRYING TO GET THE BALL TO ERICKSON, WELL COVERED BY CYRUS JONES WHO HAD DESIGNS OF A PICK SIX. FOURTH DOWN.>>Kirk: SLOW TO GET HIS HEAD TURNED AROUND. AND THESE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS HAVE GOT TO UNDERSTAND, ESPECIALLY ON THIRD DOWN, ALABAMA’S GOING TO BRING PRESSURE. YOU’VE GOT TO GET — QUARTERBACK’S GOT TO GET BACK AND THAT BALL IS COMING OUT. YOU HAVE TO HIT YOUR POINT AND GET YOUR HEAD TURNED AROUND AND BE READY FOR THE FOOTBALL. THERE’S NOT A LOT OF TIME FOR STAVE TO SIT AROUND AND LOOK FOR ANOTHER RECEIVER. BALL’S COMING OUT FAST.>>Chris: JONES IS THEIR BEST CORNER. HE IS ALSO THEIR PUNT RETURNER. MIGHT SEE HIM PLAY OFFENSE TONIGHT. HE’S BEEN WORKING AT RECEIVER IN CAMP. DREW MEYER, HIGH WITH BACK SPIN. AND A FAIR CATCH BY JONES JUST INSIDE THE 10 YARD LINE. SO, BOTH DEFENSES OFF TO GOOD STARTS, SCORELESS MIDWAY FI>>Chris: SECOND POSSESSION FOR ALABAMA, WITH THE SACK OF COKER THAT ENDED THE FIRST POSSESSION, THAT NETTED ONLY FOUR YARDS. NOW THEY START AT THE 10 YARD LINE. SEE HOW CAUTIOUS LANE KIFFIN IS WITH JAKE COKER AT QUARTERBACK. HE’S OUT THERE FOR THE SECOND SERIES. WE DO, OF COURSE, EXPECT TO SEE COOPER BATEMAN, THE SOPHOMORE FROM UTAH. PERHAPS AS EARLY AS THE FIRST OR SECOND QUARTER.>>Kirk: YEAH, YEAH. BE SURPRISED IF WE DIDN’T.>>Chris: HENRY IN THE PISTOL. THEY FAKE IT TO HIM. COKER ON THE MOVE. FIRES TO A WIDE OPEN RECEIVER AND IT’S FOSTER WHO IS ACROSS THE 30 FOR A FIRST DOWN. SO, THEY DO TRUST THE QUARTERBACK AND HE DELIVERS A DART.>>Kirk: HE REALLY WANTED TO THROW THE FOOTBALL TO HIS TIGHT END, HOWARD, BUT WISCONSIN TOOK HIM AWAY, SO GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR COMING OFF OF HOWARD AND LOOKING TO THE BACK SIDE AND EVENTUALLY FINDING FOSTER. THAT TIME, SHOWING PATIENCE AND EVENTUALLY FINDING HIS GUY.>>Chris: PICKS UP 22 YARDS. AGAIN, THEY FAKE IT TO HENRY. FIRST DOWN THROW. COKER ACROSS THE MIDDLE, HAS A MAN WIDE OPEN. CATCH INSIDE WISCONSIN TERRITORY, THAT’S RICHARD MULLANEY, THE SENIOR FROM CALIFORNIA.>>Kirk: MICHAEL CAPUTO OUT OF THE GAME. WISCONSIN’S DEFENSIVE SCHEME IN THE FIRST POSSESSION WAS ALL ABOUT ATTACKING THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND THE ADJUSTMENT IN THE SECOND SERIES IS TO LET COKER TRY TO ATTACK THEM THROUGH THE AIR.>>Chris: HE’S GOING TO THROW IT AGAIN. THIS TIME FLIPS IT SHORT TO HENRY.>>Kirk: SAME PLAY.>>Chris: CAN’T MAKE A MAN MISS. HEATHER COX WITH AN INJURY UPDATE.>>Heather: YOU CAN TELL THE BADGERS ARE MISSING MICHAEL CAPUTO. HE IS OUT FOR THE GAME WITH A HEAD INJURY. ACTUALLY STOOD UP, WENT TO THE WRONG HUDDLE. THE MEDICAL STAFF IMMEDIATELY TOOK HIS HELMET AWAY. CAPUTO WAS FRUSTRATED, PLEADING HIS CASE. REMEMBER THIS. HE WAS THE ONE, HE ASKED EVERY PLAYER WHO IS THE MOST VALUABLE, WHO CAN’T YOU GO WITHOUT? EVERYBODY PLAYER PUT KA CAPUTO AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE CATEGORIES. HE IS SORELY MISSED.>>Chris: THIS IS KENYAN DRAKE WITH HIS FIRST CARRY AND HE’S DROPPED FOR A LOSS, AS A FLAG COMES IN. JOE SCHOBERT WAS THERE IN A HURRY.>>Kirk: BOY, JOE SCHOBERT IS A TREMENDOUS ATHLETE AT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER. DOES EVERYTHING FOR YOU.>>Chris: KIND OF AN OFFBEAT GUY. QUIET.>>Kirk: YEAH.>>Chris: LIKES TO READ HARRY POTTER BOOKS.>>Referee: HOLDING, NUMBER 94, OFFENSE. TEN-YARD PENALTY. REPLAY SECOND DOWN.>>Kirk: THIS IS A LITTLE SCARY. YOU KNOW, HE GOT HIT, HE GETS UP, WISCONSIN IS TO THE RIGHT. HE’S NOW IN THE BACKFIELD OF THE ALABAMA TEAM. HE’S LINED UP IN THE BACKFIELD AND CAM ROBINSON IS POINTING TO HIM, LIKE, WE GOT A SITUATION HERE AND THE OFFICIALS RECOGNIZE IT AND COME IN AND EVENTUALLY TAKE HIM OVER, SO, NOW DAKOTA DIXON STEPS IN, NOT ONLY YOU LOSE THE EXPERIENCE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, AS YOU HEARD FROM HEATHER, THE LEADERSHIP. AND WHAT HE BRINGS TO THE TABLE AND ALSO AFFECTED THE WAY ALABAMA IS NOW ATTACKING WISCONSIN THROUGH THE AIR.>>Chris: A DECISIVE MOVE ON THAT SIDELINE, THOUGH. CAPUTO IS A COMPETITOR. HE THINKS HE HAS A VERY HIGH THRESHOLD FOR PAIN. WESTERN P.A. GUY. A CAPTAIN. DESPERATELY WANTED TO GO IN THERE, BUT THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO WHEN YOU’RE FACULTIES HAVE LEFT YOU THERE.>>Kirk: YEAH, YEAH. THEY DECLINED THE PENALTY. SETS UP NOW A THIRD AND LONG, AND REMEMBER, WITH THESE DEFENSIVE ENDS, BIEGEL AND SCHOBERT, THEY CAN GET AFTER THE QUARTERBACK. THEY’LL BE COMING OFF THE EDGE.>>Chris: DRAKE MOTIONS OUT. SO, AN EMPTY BACKFIELD. AND THE BADGERS BRINGING SOME PRESSURE. COKER GETS IT AWAY QUICKLY. FOSTER HAS SOME ROOM. SLIPS A TACKLE, DIVES NEAR THE MARKER AT THE 36. IT WILL BE VERY CLOSE.>>Kirk: YEAH, THE SPOT IS INTERESTING. ALABAMA CROWD KIND OF REACTING TO THE SPOT.>>Chris: IT’S SHORT.>>Kirk: HALF A YARD SHORT. BUT ALABAMA NOT HESITATING. THEY ARE ALREADY LINED UP. THE QUARTERBACK — HE’S BACK IN THE PISTOL FOR DERRICK HENRY.>>Chris: YOU WOULD EXPECT NUMBER 2 TO GET THE FOOTBALL. DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN STOP HIM. HENRY BREAKING FREE, HEADING TO THE END ZONE. TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA. NEEDED A LITTLE AND THEY GOT A LOT. 37 YARDS FOR THE NEW STUD IN THE TIDE BACKFIELD. HE’S BEEN A STUD BUT NOW HE’S THE GUY, THE STARTER. ADAM GRIFFITH. AND THE TIDE MARCH 90 YARDS FOR THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN OF THE SEASON.>>Kirk: AND A DIFFERENT LOOK FROM COKER WHERE HE WAS GIVEN THE KEEPS TO THE CAR, SO TO SPEAK. HE OPENS THE OFFENSE UP A LITTLE BIT AND ON FOURTH AND SHORT, WISCONSIN IN ALMOST A GOAL LINE DEFENSE, EVERYBODY UP CLOSE TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND IF YOU DON’T MAKE THAT TACKLE RIGHT THERE, THAT INITIAL ARM TACKLE, THERE’S NO ONE LEFT TO SLOW DOWN THE BIG FELLA. HE TAKES IT>>Chris: LET’S PLAY TWO THIS WEEKEND. MONDAY NIGHT, OFF TO BLACKSBURG. THE BUCKEYES WILL TRY TO AVENGE THE ONLY LOSS OF LAST SEASON. THAT’S ON ESPN AT 8:00 EASTERN TIME. CRAZY ENVIRONMENT IN LANE STADIUM. OHIO STATE, ANOTHER TEAM WITH SOME QUARTERBACK ISSUES. IF YOU HADN’T HEARD, THERE’S A QUARTERBACK SITUATION THERE IN COLUMBUS.>>Kirk: THAT’S A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT SITUATION, WHERE YOU HAVE TWO GUYS THAT ARE PRETTY EXPERIENCED AND PROVEN.>>Chris: YOU HAD THREE UNTIL BRAXTON MILLER SHIFTED TO H-BACK. THAT WILL BE FUN. GRIFFITH TO KICK IT OFF. IN THE END ZONE, JAMERSON. HAS TO WORK HARD JUST TO GET BACK TO THE 17 YARD LINE. THE ALLSTATE SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS HAS JOINED US HERE IN ARLINGTON. PLACE TO CHECK OUT THE GAMES THIS AFTERNOON. THE ALLSTATE IT’S GOOD SWEEPSTAKES, A CHANCE TO WIN A V.I.P. TRIP TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. PLUS, WEEKLY PRIZES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON.>>Kirk: WE LOAD UP THE TVs AND SIT BACK AND WATCH SOME GAMES THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON, SOME INTERESTING ACTION THIS AFTERNOON.>>Chris: WISCONSIN TRYING TO GET A BIG WIN FOR THE BIG TEN, WHICH IS OFF TO A LITTLE BIT OBVIOF A ROUGH START. NORTHWESTERN GOT A NICE WIN OVER STANFORD. SOME OF THE OTHER RESULTS, NOT SO GOOD. PLAY ACTION. STAVE ACROSS THE MIDDLE WITH A STRIKE AND IT’S WHEELWRIGHT AT THE 33 YARD LINE.>>Kirk: WE SAW ALABAMA GIVE COKER A CHANCE TO THROW THE BALL. HE’S 4 FOR 4 ON THAT LAST SERIES, OPEN THINGS UP AND NOW GIVING STAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL THIRD DOWN TO TRY TO EXECUTE, WHEN THE DEFENSE REALLY IS GOING TO GET EXOTIC AND PUT PRESSURE ON YOU, TRY ON FIRST AND TEN, WHEN THE TREND IS RUN THE FOOTBALL, YOU MIX IN SOME EARLY DOWN PLAY ACTION, A GOOD CALL BY PAUL CHRYST.>>Chris: AND NOW CLEMENT. TESTS THE RIGHT SIDE AND BANGS INTO HEAVY TRAFFIC AGAIN. AN UPDATE TO BRISTOL.>>THANKS, CHRIS. TACO BELL STUDIO UPDATE. TEXAS/NOTRE DAME. JOSH ADAMS RUNS IT IN FROM 14 YARDS OUT TO PUT NUMBER 11 NOTRE DAME UP 14-0 OVER THE LONGHORNS. CHRIS, HERBIE? BACK TO YOU.>>Chris: QUICK START FOR THE IRISH, WHO MANY BELIEVE ARE QUIETLY GOING TO HAVE A BIG SEASON.>>Kirk: I THINK THEY COULD BE A TEN-WIN TEAM. THEY HAVE A CHALLENGING SCHEDULE.>>Chris: CLEMENT GOT TWO ON FIRST DOWN. AND NOW STAVE. IN THE POCKET. FLIPS IT SHORT. CLEMENT MAKES THE CATCH AND IS FORCED OUT AT THE 40. IT WILL BE THIRD AND TWO.>>Kirk: WITH CLEMENT, IF YOU CAN’T RUN THE FOOTBALL EFFECTIVELY, YOU STILL WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET HIM TOUCHES AND DO WHAT YOU CAN TO TRY TO GET HIM IN SPACE TO TRY TO MAKE PEOPLE MISS.>>Chris: CLEMENT HAD A BIG OUTBACK BOWL AGAINST AUBURN. HE’S BEEN GIVEN A LOT OF ADVICE TAKING OVER FOR GORDON. THE BEST ADVICE, JUST BE YOURSELF. DON’T TRY TO BE MELVIN GORDON. THEY CONVERT ON THIRD AND TWO — THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE VERY CROWDED. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GET THERE. CLEMENT IS STACKED UP, NOTHING, AS D.J. PETTWAY AND COMPANY CREATE A FOURTH DOWN.>>Kirk: PETTWAY GOES UP AGAINST THE RIGHT TACKLE, HAYDEN BIEGEL. WATCH HIM ON THE RIGHT SIDE. WATCH HIM SHED THE BLOCK. HE’S GOING TO BE RIGHT HERE. HE’S GOING TO TAKE ON THIS BLOCKER AND HE’S ABLE TO GET HIM OFF OF HIM AND MAKE THE PLAY. ENGAGES, THROWS HIM, MAKES THE PLAY. AND THAT’S WHAT ALABAMA REALLY PRIDES ITSELF ON, YOU KNOW, THE THING THAT’S BOTHERED ALABAMA IS THE SPREAD. TEMPO, ATHLETIC QUARTERBACK THAT CAN RUN AND THROW. YOU RUN INTO THE TEETH OF AN ALABAMA DEFENSE, YOU BETTER BE REALLY GOOD UP FRONT ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE.>>Chris: THERE’S THE PUNT. AND CYRUS JONES THIS TIME, NO FAIR CATCH, AT THE 15. KNOCKED DOWN QUICKLY. EXCELLENT COVERAGE BY WISCONSIN. BUT THE ALABAMA OFFENSE UP BY A>>Chris: THERE’S THAT BEAUTIFUL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY, PRESENTED BY DR. PEPPER. EARNED BY THE BUCKEYES ON THIS VERY FIELD A YEAR AGO. SEMIFINALS WILL BE RIGHT HERE AND IN MIAMI NEW YEAR’S EVE THIS YEAR. THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME JANUARY 11th IN GLENDALE, ARIZONA.>>Kirk: THAT SECOND DRIVE FOR NOT JUST THE ALABAMA OFFENSE, WHERE THEY PUT A TOUCHDOWN ON THE BOARD, BUT I THINK FOR JAKE COKER WHO CAME INTO THIS GAME, TRYING TO PROVE HIMSELF, TO HIS TEAMMATES, TO HIS COACHES, THAT HE’S THE GUY. TALKED ABOUT COOPER BAITMAN POSSIBLY GETTING AN OPPORTUNITY, BUT THAT LAST DRIVE, HE WAS 4 FOR 4, HE’S 5 FOR 5 ON THE NIGHT. I FELT THEY WERE MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH HOW LANE KIFFIN CALLED THE DRIVE AND IT GAVE THEM A CHANCE TO KIND OF TURN IT LOOSE A LITTLE BIT MORE.>>Chris: KIFFIN COMPARED COKER’S SKILL SET TO MATT CASSEL. GIVE IT TO THE BIG BACK. HENRY IS GOING TO BE VERY BUSY TONIGHT.>>Chris: BE . >>Kirk: BECAUSE OF THE INJURY TO CAPUTO AND ALABAMA SCORING LAST DRIVE. I REALLY FEEL LIKE THE WAY WISCONSIN’S STRUGGLING OFFENSIVELY, THIS IS A BIG DRIVE. I THINK IT’S A BIG DRIVE, AS FAR AS THE FEEL AND THE FLOW AND THE MOMENTUM OF THIS GAME.>>Chris: DAVE ARANDA, WHO IS THE THIRD-YEAR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, HE WAS CONVINCED TO STAY AT WISCONSIN WHEN GARY ANDER SONTAND AND ANDERSON WENT TO OREGON STATE. HE LIKES TO DICTATE TO THE OFFENSE. THEY’RE NOT DICTATING RIGHT NOW. DRAKE SLASHES FREE. GETS A FIRST DOWN. THIS IS KENYAN DRAKE, THE SENIOR WHO BROKE HIS LEG AGAINST OLE MISS A YEAR AGO, BUT IS GOING TO BE COUNTED ON WITH HIS VERSATILITY THIS YEAR.>>Kirk: ESPECIALLY WITH THE LOSS OF AMARI COOPER AND COMPANY. DRAKE WENT DOWN WITH THAT HORRIFIC INJURY LAST YEAR IN THE OLE MISS GAME. THIS IS JUST AN AWFUL THING. OH, BOY. YOU JUST WONDERED IF HE’D GET BACK. NOT ONLY IS HE BACK AND COACHES SAY HE MIGHT BE EVEN STRONGER AND FASTER THAN HE WAS PRIOR TO THE INJURY. AND HE’S GOT A BIG ROLE IN THIS OFFENSE. NOT JUST AS A TAILBACK, BUT ALMOST A REGGIE BUSH IN A LANE KIFFIN OFFENSE, MOVING HIM AROUND OUT TO RECEIVER AND BEING ABLE TO REALLY PROVIDE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIM.>>Chris: HENRY. WELL STRUNG OUT. GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY, AS LEON JACOBS, ONE OF THE INSIDE LINEBACKERS THAT KIFFIN SAYS IS GOING TO BE A KEY TONIGHT, AS THESE BIG BACKS TRY TO CHALLENGE THE MIDDLE OF THAT WISCONSIN DEFENSE. LOOK AT THE THE WEIGHT ON HENRY AND THE SPEED OF DRAKE.>>Kirk: IT’S KIND OF LIKE A THUNDER AND LIGHTNING SITUATION. 6’3″, 242. WE SAW HIM TAKE ONE TO THE END ZONE ALREADY. BUT YOU HAVE DRAKE WHO IS A 4.4 GUY AND A GUY YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO TRY TO GET OUT ON THE EDGE. SO, THEY BRING SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR DEFENSES TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.>>Chris: COKER FAKES IT TO HIM. PRESSURE. ESCAPES. FOR NOW, BUT NOW WILL BE BROUGHT DOWN, A HUGE LOSS AND A FLAG COMES IN. VINCE BIEGEL AND JOE SCHOBERT BOTH OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS GOT THERE, BUT A FLAG THROWN RIGHT NEAR WHERE THE TACKLE WAS MADE.>>Kirk: I DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE BADGER DEFENDER THAT CAME IN A LITTLE BIT LATE. LOOKED LIKE CONNOR — I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS THE INTENT. HE DOESN’T HAVE THE ABILITY THAT BLAKE SIMS HAS TO KEEP THE PLAY ALIVE. DID YOU SEE THE PLAYER, HOW HE CAME IN?>>Referee: AFTER THE PLAY WAS OVER, PERSONAL FOUL, NUMBER 94, DEFENSE. 15-YARD PENALTY. AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: I DON’T KNOW.>>Chris: IT WASN’T MUCH. BIG 12 CREW. TACKING ON 15 AFTER THE SACK?>>Kirk: IF HE WOULD HAVE MADE CONTACT, THEN YOU COULD SAY YOU GET IT. BUT I DON’T KNOW. I — WAS IT BY — HE BROUGHT HIS RIGHT HAND DOWN, BUT — >>Chris: DID HIT HIM IN THE FACE.>>Kirk: MY JOSGOSH, CHRIS. MY GOSH.>>Chris: IT LOOKS WORSE IN SLOW-MO. IT WAS A SHRIILLY THING TO DO.>>Kirk: HUGE CALL, BY THE WAY. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THIRD AND LONG.>>Chris: TRY THE MIDDLE WITH DRAKE.>>Kirk: BUT I THINK A MICROCOSM THERE OF THE ISSUE THAT NICK SABAN IS LOOKING AT. BLAKE SIMS THERE, LAST YEAR, THERE WAS ONLY SCHOOL THAT CONVERTED IN THE TOP FIVE IN THE COUNTRY ON THIRD AND FOURTH DOWN, IT WAS ALABAMA. IT WASN’T JUST LANE KIFFIN’S PLAY CALLING. IT WAS BLAKE SIMS’ CREATIVITY. SCRAMBLING FOR A FIRST. KEEPING A PLAY ALIVE AND FINDING AN OPEN RECEIVER. WITH COKER, YOU DON’T GET THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.>>Chris: YOU DON’T THINK JAKE’S GOING TO RUSH FOR 470 YARDS A GAME? SEVEN TOUCHDOWNS?>>Kirk: NO.>>Chris: COKER, A SECOND DOWN THROW. FLASHES THE BIG ARM. DOWN THE MIDDLE — RIDLEY — THE TALENTED TRUE FRESHMAN RECEIVER WELL DEFENDED BY SHELTON.>>Kirk: GREAT CLOSING SPEED HERE BY SHELTON. AND THERE’S CAPUTO GETTING FIRED UP FROM THE SIDELINE. HE WAS BEATEN AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. HE GETS BY HIM AND HE’S GOT AN OPPORTUNITY, THE FRESHMAN, RIDLEY. THE BALL IS THROWN, BUT LOOK AT THE CLOSER SPEED BY THE JUNIOR FROM FT. LAUDERDALE. SHELTON GETS THERE AND GETS HIS HAND ON THE BALL. DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH HIM IN ANY WAY AND MAKES A GREAT PLAY. HE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A SOPHOMORE SLUMP LAST YEAR. A LITTLE BIT MORE TECHNICAL, PLAYING MORE ZONE. THEY WANTED HIM TO TURN IT LOOSE AND PLAY MORE MAN. THAT WAS OUTSTANDING PLAY THERE ON SECOND DOWN.>>Chris: THIRD AND EIGHT. PRESSURE AGAIN ON COKER WHO BACK PEDALS AND FLIPS IT INTO HEAVY TRAFFIC, INCOMPLETE. VINCE BIEGEL WAS PRESSURING HIM AGAIN. THEY’RE LEAKING THROUGH THAT ALABAMA OFFENSIVE LINE PRETTY EFFECTIVELY.>>Kirk: THEY DO A GREAT JOB CREATING CONFUSION UP FRONT. THEY SHOW ONE SIDE THEY’RE BLITZING AND THEN THEY COME WITH THE OTHER. WITH BIEGEL ON ONE SIDE AND SHOW BERLT ON THE OTHER, THEY DO A GOOD JOB OF MAKING THE OFFENSIVE LINE GET CONFUSED ON A PRE-SNAP READ ABOUT WHERE IS THE PRESSURE GOING TO COME FROM? IS IT 58 OR 47? THAT TIME, 47 USES HISAT ATHLE ABILITY TO GET TO THE QUARTERBACK.>>Chris: K.J. SCOTT, WHO IS EYEBALLING THIS GIANT SCREEN YESTERDAY AT THE WALK-THROUGH, BECAUSE IT WAS JUST HIT BY SHANE LECHLER OF THE TEXANS IN AN EXHIBITION GAME. IF ANYBODY IN COLLEGE CAN DO IT, IT MIGHT BE THIS KID. BUT INSTEAD, IT’S OFF THE SIDE OF HIS FOOT. KEEP IT AWAY FROM ERICKSON AND GETS A NICE ROLL DOWN INSIDE THE 25.>>Kirk: I TOLD YOU I THOUGHT THAT WAS KIND OF A BIG SERIES THERE FOR BOTH ALABAMA’S OFFENSE — LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A FLAK AT THE 50 YARD LINE. THAT WAS A BIG STOP BY WISCONSIN TO GET THE BALL BACK.>>Chris: IT SURE WAS. IF THEY DID GET — WE’LL CHECK THE MARKER HERE, BUT IF THEY SURPRISE THIS 15-YARD PENALTY, IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR PAUL CHRYST’S TEAM. HE WAS BORN IN MADISON. WATCHING THE BADGERS PLAYING NEBRASKA AT CAMP RANDLE. HIS DAD WAS A HIGH SCHOOL COACH AND A BADGER ASSISTANT. HE WAS A QUARTERBACK SPECIAL TEAMER AT WISCONSIN. PLAYED AGAINST HARBAUGH WHEN JIM WAS A QUARTERBACK AT MICHIGAN. AND NOW BACK AT HEAD COACH.>>Referee: AFTER THE PLAY WAS OVER, UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT, NUMBER 55 OF THE KICKING TEAM. 15-YARD PENALTY ENFORCED FROM THE END OF THE PLAY, THAT WAS NUMBER 55’S FIRST UNSPORTSMANLIKE CALL.>>Chris: THAT’S THE LONG SNAPPER, COLE MAZZA FLAGGED.>>Kirk: PAUL CHRYST IS BACK IN MADISON AND OPPORTUNITY IN HIS FIRST GAME TO GO UP AGAINST NICK SABAN, WHO IS FIRED UP ABOUT THAT CALL. WENT TO PITT, HAD A CHANCE TO REALLY LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A HEAD COACH. USED EVERYTHING HE LEARNED AT PITT, CAME BACK TO HIS ALMA MATER AND I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S A GUY MORE FIRED UP AFTER SOME OF THE VOLATILITY OF THAT HEAD COACHING POSITION WITH BRET BIELEMA, WE SAW HIM, OF COURSE, LAST YEAR, HE’S FIRED UP TO BE THE HEAD MAN IN MADISON.>>Chris: HE DOESN’T SHOW IT, BUT HE IS FIRED UP INSIDE. STAVE FLIPS IT SHORT. AND THE CATCH IS MADE BY DEREK WATT, THE FAMOUS WATT FOOTBALL FAMILY. WE WERE TOLD BIG BROTHER J.J. WOULD BE IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT. THERE’S DEREK AND T.J. WATT ON THE TEAM.>>Kirk: I SAW HIM ON THE FIELD BEFORE THE GAME. NUMBER OF HOUSTON TEXANS CAME OVER WITH HIM. BUT CHRIS, THROWING OUT DEREK WATT, TRYING TO FIND A TIGHT END, MAYBE ALEX ERICKSON, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO THROW ON EARLY DOWNS TO EVENTUALLY TRY TO OPEN UP THE RUNNING GAME. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO RUN TONIGHT AND THEN TRY TO GO PLAY ACTION. IT HAS TO BE REVERSED FOR WISCONSIN.>>Chris: SO, THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER HERE IN ARLINGTON. BACK AFTER THIS MESSAGE AND A WORD FROM>>Chris: CRIMSON TIDE, A 90-YARD TOUCHDOWN DRIVE. THAT’S THE ONLY SCORE SO FAR. THIS DR. PEPPER CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE GAME OF THE WEEK. BEGIN THE SECOND QUARTER WITH THE BADGERS AT THEIR OWN 40 YARD LINE. STAVE’S 4 OF 5, KIRK, BUT ONLY FOR 32 YARDS. NOTHING DOWN FIELD YET.>>Kirk: WE WERE JUST TALKING AT THE BREAK HOW OTHER THAN WHEELWRIGHT MADE A CATCH, NONE OF THE RECEIVERS YET HAVE MADE A RECEPTION. WE SAID GOING INTO THE BREAK THERE, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME PLAYS IN THAT PASSING GAME TO OPEN UP RUNNING LANES.>>Chris: CATCH BY CLEMENT WHO MOVES INTO ALABAMA TERRITORY. HE’S WORKED HARD ON HIS RECEIVING SKILLS TO BE USED IN THIS OFFENSE.>>Kirk: THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. PAUL CHRYST KNOWS THAT. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TRY TO FLOOD A ZONE AND LEAK OUT A BACK, IF IT’S WATT OR CLEMENT, WHO HAS SHOWN THE ABILITY TO MAKE A PLAY, THE TIGHT ENDS, I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH SLEDDING WITH THE RECEIVERS AGAINST THE CORNERS FOR ALABAMA, BUT YOU CAN MAKE SOME HEADWAY ON THE INSIDE, AND THEN YOU CAN GET BACK TO TRYING TO RUN THE FOOTBALL. IT MAKES THAT ALABAMA DEFENSE THINK ABOUT SOME OTHER THINGS.>>Chris: THEY HAND IT OFF INSIDE. AGAIN, TRYING TO CHALLENGE THE STRENGTH OF THE ALABAMA DEFENSE, AND THAT’S TAIWAN DEAL, WELCOME TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL. THAT’S A TOUGH ASSIGNMENT TO TRY TO GAIN YARDS IN THE MIDDLE THERE.>>Kirk: DAN VOLTZ HAS A BIG JOB TONIGHT, THE CENTER, WHO HAS PLAYED A TON OF FOOTBALL. HE’S GOT A LOT OF INEXPERIENCE AROUND HIM. THE ONLY OTHER PLAYER UP FRONT TO PLAY A LOT OF FOOTBALL IS 61, THE LEFT TACKLE, MARZ. VOLTZ IS NOT ONLY TRYING TO DEAL WITH A LOT OF SIZE FROM ALABAMA, YOU SEE HIS COMMUNICATION. HE’S TRYING TO HELP THOSE GUARDS OUT AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY’S ON THE SAME PAGE.>>Chris: VOLTZ HAS TO HAVE A GOOD GAME, THE BADGER COACHING STAFF FEELS. AND HE’S FACING A LOT OF FRESH BODIES. STAVE FIRES SHORT. BATTLING NEAR THE MARKER. JUST INSIDE THE 40. CATCH MADE BY AUSTIN TRAYLOR, THE BACKUP TIGHT END.>>Kirk: SO, THE ALABAMA DEFENSE, THE THING THAT YOU REALLY ARE AWARE OF, YOU PREP FOR THIS GAME IS, YOU GOT TO WIN THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. YOU GOT TO STOP THE RUNNING GAME AND YOU GOT TO MAKE THE PASSING GAME BEAT YOU IF THEY’RE GOING TO BEAT YOU. YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE UP ANY BIG PLAYS. OKAY, SO, NOW WISCONSIN’S ADJUSTMENT IS, THEY ARE DINKING AND DUNKING. NOW YOU’RE TRYING TO CHEAT UP TO THE FOUR TO EIGHT-YARD ROUTES. NOW WISCONSIN, IT’S GOING TO BECOME MORE AND MORE CHALLENGING, ESPECIALLY ON THIRD DOWN WITH KIRBY SMART AND NICK SABAN KIND OF SPECIALIZING IN THAT.>>Chris: PLAY CLOCK AT THREE. IN THE FLAT, CATCH MADE. 0 GOGUNBOWALE IS FREE. SO, STAVE CONVERTS. AND ONCE AGAIN, THEY USE THE TAILBACK.>>Kirk: THIS IS A GREAT JOB OF REALLY PICKING UP. WATCH FOSTER RIGHT HERE, WHO HAS THE BACK COMING OUT OF THE BACKFIELD. HE’S GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP RIGHT HERE ON LIKE A RUB. THE LINEBACKER GETS CAUGHT UP AND MAN-TO-MAN COVERAGE AND IT GIVES HIM JUST ENOUGH ROOM THERE TO BE ABLE TO THROW THE FOOTBALL, TO PICK UP THE FIRST DOWN. THAT IS A DESIGNED PLAY THERE AND WELL DONE BY PAUL CHRYST.>>Chris: SEVEN COMPLETIONS. SIX TO RUNNING BACKS. PLAY ACTION FAKE. STAVE WANTS TO LOOK BACK ACROSS THE FIELD. FIRES INTO TRAFFIC AND MAKES A COMPLEX INSIDE THE 10 TO TRAYLOR. SO, TRAYLOR GETTING A CHANCE, AND A BIG CATCH, FIRST AND GOAL.>>Kirk: YEAH, HE ACTUALLY WANTED TO THROW THE BALL HERE, COMING DOWN THE SIDELINE. THEY WERE TRYING TO GET THE DEFENSE TO JUST KIND OF GET LULLED TO SLEEP AFTER THE FAKE THERE TO DEAL. SEE RIGHT HERE, HE’S TRYING TO GET THE BALL TLOURNGS BUT GOOD COVERAGE HERE, SO, INSTEAD, HE ENDS UP COMING OFF TO HIS TIGHT END, TRAYLOR, WHO DOES A GOOD JOB OF NOT ONLY HOLDING ONTO THE FOOTBALL, BUT HANDLING THAT, THE CONTACT, AND NOW WISCONSIN INSIDE THAT 10 YARD LINE.>>Chris: CLEMENT IS BACK IN THE GAME. THE LONE TAILBACK. HE’S GOT IT. REGGIE RAGLAND GRABS HIM AND WRESTLES HIM DOWN. ALONG WITH A’SHAWN ROBINSON.>>Kirk: I WENT TO A SCRIMMAGE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IN DOES TUSCALOOSA AND WATCHED A GOAL LINE PACKAGE. RAGLAND WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. AT 6’2″, 250 POUNDS, HE IS PHYSICAL. ALL-CONFERENCE A YEAR AGO. KIND OF A LEADER. THE TRUE FRESHMAN RUNNING BACK, DAMIAN HARRIS, MUST HAVE RUN INTO RAGLAND AND THAT FIRST UNIT DEFENSE 25 TIMES AND RAGLAND WILL MAKE YOU EARN IT. TOUGH TO RUN ON THEM INSIDE THIS AREA.>>Chris: INSTEAD THEY’LL TRY TO THROW IT. STAVE. FLUSHED AND JUST THROWS IT AWAY. THIRD DOWN.>>Kirk: THIS IS AN AREA WHERE WISCONSIN STRUGGLED A YEAR AGO AND THIS IS AN AREA THAT THIS MAN RIGHT HERE, PAUL CHRYST, SPECIALIZES IN. THIS IS SOMETHING HE REALLY PRIDES HIMSELF IN. AND BOY, WHEN HE HAD RUSSELL WILSON, THEY WERE — THEY WOULD GET INSIDE THE RED ZONE, IT WAS ALMOST JUST LOCK AND LOAD, THEY’RE PUTTING POINTS ON THE BOARD MOST OFTEN A TOUCHDOWN. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY KNOW, THEY DON’T WANT TO JUST SCORE. I DON’T WANT TO JUST GET POINTS. PAUL CHRYST WANTS TOUCHDOWNS BECAUSE YOU WONDER HOW MANY TIMES YOU’RE GOING TO GET DOWN IN THIS AREA AGAINST ALABAMA.>>Chris: YEAH, GOOD POINT.>>Kirk: MAN-TO-MAN ON THE OUTSIDE.>>Chris: STAVE LOOKED RIGHT, FIRES MIDDLE — TOUCHDOWN. LATE SIGNAL. BUT ALEX ERICKSON, THE TOP RECEIVER FROM A YEAR AGO, WENT DOWN LOW TO GET IT.>>Kirk: AND WE HAVE NOT CALLED HIS NAME THE ENTIRE GAME. THIS TIME, A GREAT EFFORT AND A CATCH BY ERICKSON. HE’S ON THE GROUND, CHRIS. HE’S DOWN.>>Chris: THAT’S ALL HANDS.>>Kirk: THAT’S A PLAY IN THE BACKYARD. GO TO THE GOAL LINE, FALL DOWN — >>Chris: DOES HE MAINTAIN TOTAL CONTROL?>>Kirk: YEAH. AND IF YOU HAVE POSSESSION OF THE BALL, THE BALL CAN TOUCH THE GROUND AS LONG AS YOU HAVE POSSESSION OF IT. THE RULING IS, IS THE GROUND HELPING YOU TO GAIN POSSESSION?>>Chris: MIGHT DELAY TO SEE IF THEY BUZZ DOWN, BUT IT’S A TOUCHDOWN.>>Kirk: THE GROUND DID NOT LOOK LIKE IT WAS AIDING HIM IN MAKING THAT RECEPTION.>>Chris: SO RAFAEL GAGLIANONE, THE BRAZILIAN-BORN KICKER, WHO WAS SENT TO CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, TO PLAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AND SOCCER, KNOCKS IT THROUGH. ANSWERING DRIVE FROM THE >>Chris: AERIAL COVERAGE AGAIN PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING GOODYEAR HAS LEARNED MAKING TIRES THAT GO THE DISTANCE INSPIRES WHAT THEY ROLL INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR, MORE DRIVEN. THE OFFICIAL AERIAL PROVIDER OF SATURDAY NIGHT NOT BALL. SO, UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT ON THE PUNT MOVED THE BALL TO 37. WISCONSIN GOES 63 YARDS IN NINE PLAYS. STAVE TO ERICKSON FOR THE TYING TOUCHDOWN AND A TERRIFIC EFFORT. BECAUSE HE WAS TACKLED, BASICALLY, KIRK, AND STILL MANAGED TO MAKE A GREAT CATCH.>>Kirk: GREAT FOCUS. SO, A CONVERSATION IN THE BACKE THERE BETWEEN SABAN AND KIFFIN. YOU WONDER WHAT WAS EXCHANGED, AS THE TIDE OFFENSE GOES BACK TO WORK. ONLY 71 YARDS FOR BAMA. ONLY 15 ON THE GROUND SO FAR WHEN YOU FACTOR IN THE SACKS. DRAKE WILL BRING IT OUT. AND HE’S KNOCKED DOWN JUST ACROSS THE 10. EXCELLENT COVERAGE SO FAR BY THE BADGERS SPECIAL TEAMS.>>Kirk: I TALKED ABOUT ALABAMA BEING IN MAN ON THIRD DOWN, THEY’RE ACTUALLY IN ZONE. THEY SHOW MAN, THEY DO TO ZONE. FUME GHALI CLEARS IT AND HERE’S ERICKSON COMING UNDERNEATH. SO, THE LINEBACKERS HAVE TO SYNC. THEY DO IT JUST ENOUGH, BUT HE GETS TIED UP WITH THE FRESHMAN, FITZPATRICK AND GOES DOWN, BUT WHAT I LOVE IS STAVE, ON THIRD DOWN, THE EXPERIENCE. THROWS IT LOW WHERE HIS RECEIVER HAS A CHANCE TO GO DOWN AND MAKE A PLAY. HE’S 6 OF 7 ON THAT DRIVE, CON VERDICTED TWO BIG THIRD DOWNS AND ALSO FOUND FIVE DIFFERENT RECEIVERS. THEY’VE SPREAD THINGS OUT BETWEEN THE BACKS, TIGHT ENDS AND ALSO THE RECEIVER THERE, ERICKSON, ON THAT LAST THROW.>>Chris: ALL FOUR BAMA POSSESSIONS HAVE STARTED WITH VERY POOR FIELD POSSESSION AND THEY ARE BACK AT THEIR OWN 12 YARD LINE. COKER A FIRST DOWN THROW IN THE FLAT AS A FLAG COMES DOWN. DRAKE, NOWHERE TO RUN AND HE’S WRESTLED OUT BY SHELTON.>>Kirk: OFFSIDES ON WISCONSIN. MISTIMING THAT BLITZ.>>Referee: OFFSIDES, NUMBER 53. FIVE-YARD PENALTY. REPLAY FIRST DOWN.>>Chris: T.J. EDWARDS, THE LINEBACKER A LITTLE EAGER. ESPN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, STREAM EVERY GAME LIVE AT HOME OR ON THE GO. SIMPLY DOWNLOAD THE WATCH ESPN APP OR VISIT WATCHESPN.COM. KIRK HERBSTREIT COULD NOT FUNCTION WITHOUT THE WATCH ESPN APP ON EVERY DEVICE.>>Kirk: IT’S GREAT.>>Chris: IT IS.>>Kirk: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IF YOU LIKE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, YOU BETTER GET THAT APP.>>Chris: THEY MOTION THE TIGHT END HOWARD TO HELP BLOCK. BUT THERE’S NOWHERE FOR HENRY TO RUN. JUST ON PURE MUSCLE, HE GETS BACK TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. BUT A GOOD JOB THERE BY OBASIH.>>Kirk: AGAIN, THIS IS AN ACTIVE DEFENSE. THEY’RE BREAKING IN NEW LINEBACKERS. DEFENSIVE LINE WANTS TO CHEW UP THOSE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN, DEMAND DOUBLE TEAMS AND TRY TO FREE UP THE BACKERS. NOT JUST SCHOBERT AN BIEGEL, BUT CHRIS, YOU TALKED EARLIER, LEON JACOBS WHO WE SAW EARLIER, T.J. EDWARDS, WHO WAS OFFSIDES, 53, AND ALSO CHRIS ORR, TRUE FRESHMAN, THEY ARE VERY, VERY YOUNG IN THE INTERIOR. SO FAR, HOLDING UP PRETTY WELL.>>Chris: HENRY MUSCLES FOR A FIRST DOWN TO THE 25.>>Kirk: ONE THING THAT’S DIFFERENT, WE SEE IT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, BUT YOU DON’T SEE IT IN ALABAMA, LANE KIFFIN NOW HAS GONE TO THE CARDS. ALABAMA, OF ALL PLACES, WOULD YOU EVER THINK THAT YOU WOULD SEE THEM WITH CARDS TRYING TO GET THEIR PLAYS IN WITH TEMPO?>>Chris: SEATTLE SUPERSONICS, THE OLD SCHOOL LOGO. WOW. TAZ TASMANIAN DEVIL PLAY. WHICH ONE ARE WE GOING TO SEE?>>Kirk: I’M EXCITED TO SEE WHICH ONE THIS WILL BE.>>Chris: I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS THE SONICS OR THE TAZ YANSMANIA DEVIL, BUT THEY GET A NICE GAIN.>>Kirk: DOUBLE TEAM, GETTING UP TO THE LINEBACKER, AND I TELL YOU, DERRICK HENRY FOR A MAN AT 242 POUNDS, YOU GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO BUILD UP HIS MOMENTUM, HE HAS SOME SPEED WHEN HE GETS TO THAT SECOND LEVEL.>>Chris: 75 YARDS ALREADY ON NINE CARRIES. COKER, A FIRST DOWN THROW. LOBS IT TO THE SIDELINE AND THE LEAPING PASS — AS A FLAG COMES IN. STEWART WENT UP FOR IT.>>Kirk: I THINK THAT’S MAYBE OFFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE.>>Chris: HILLARY WAS DEFENDING, AND IT WILL COME BACK.>>Kirk: I MEAN — HE KIND OF — THIS IS PART OF THE INEXPERIENCE, BUT HE JUST KIND OF USED HIS LEFT ARM THAT TIME TO JUST PUSH HILLARY BEYOND.>>Referee: PASS INTERFERENCE, NUMBER 13, OFFENSE. 15-YARD PENALTY. REPLAY FIRST DOWN.>>Chris: STEWART ONLY CAUGHT 12 PASSES A YEAR AGO. BUT HE’S GOING TO BE COUNTED ON TO BE PRODUCTIVE THIS YEAR.>>Kirk: LOOK AT THE LEFT ARM, JUST PUSHING THE DEFENDER, HILLARY, AWAY. FULL EXTENSION THERE AND THE EXTENSION IS WHAT THE OFFICIAL CAUGHT.>>Chris: YOU CAN TELL WHICH FOLKS ARE IN RED FROM ALABAMA, BECAUSE THEY ARE BOOING LOUDLY NOW. THAT’S A 15-YARD PENALTY THAT MOVES THE BALL ALL THE WAY BACK INSIDE THE 23. DRAKE. NOTHING THERE. KNOCKED DOWN QUICKLY AFTER A SHORT GAIN BY GOLDBERG, WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVE. AND EDWARDS, THE LINEBACKER, HELPED.>>Kirk: GOLDBERG, TWOPROBABLY MOST ATHLETIC UP FRONT. HE BUCKLED THE LEFT TACKLE. GOT IN AND GOT INVOLVED IN THE PLAY AND NOW YOU’RE GOING TO START TO SEE DAVE ARANDA, THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, SUBSTITUTING DIFFERENT BODIES AND TRYING TO GET UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT WITH HIS LOOK. SECOND AND LONG, THIRD AND LONG. GOING TO TRY TO CONFUSE THAT OFFENSIVE LINE AND QUARTERBACK.>>Chris: SECOND AND 22. COKER LOOKS TO THROW A SCREEN. DRAKE HAS IT. EXCELLENT BLOCKING, GETS TO THE EDGE. CROSSES THE 40, KENYAN DRAKE BREAKING FREE, INSIDE THE WISCONSIN 40. A HUGE PLAY IN THE SCREEN GAME.>>Kirk: AND A GREAT CALL HERE. KNOWING THAT THEY MIGHT BRING PRESSURE. THEY BROUGHT A CORNER TO COKER’S RIGHT, BUT IT’S STILL, IT’S ONLY FOUR. BUT WISCONSIN, LATE TO REACT AND ONCE 47, BIEGEL WENT TO THE INSIDE, THE PLAY LOST CONTAIN. IT FREED UP DRAKE TO GET TO THE OUTSIDE AND TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP THE FIRST DOWN. THERE’S CONFUSE RIGHT NOW FOR WISCONSIN.>>Chris: THEY HAVE 15 GUYS OUT THERE. ALABAMA SNAPS IT, COKER COMPLETE ACROSS THE MIDDLE. AND THERE HAS TO BE FLAGS BECAUSE YOU CAN’T HAVE THAT MANY GUYS OUT THERE. THEY WERE TRYING TO SWITCH PERSONNEL.>>Kirk: LEON JACOBS HAD AN INJURY AND IT CAUSED A LOT OF CONFUSION ABOUT WHO WAS IN AND WHO WAS OUT. I WAS SURPRISED WISCONSIN DIDN’T JUST CALL A TIME-OUT. THAT WAS — THAT WAS A LOT OF CONFUSION. I DON’T THINK THERE WAS A PLAYER ON THE DEFENSE THAT REALLY KNEW WHAT THE CALL WAS.>>Referee: ILLUSION SUBSTITUTION, DEFENSE. 12th MAN DID NOT GET OFF THE FIELD BEFORE THE SNAP. THE PENALTY IS DECLINED. RESULT OF THE PLAY IS A FIRST DOWN.>>Chris: I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HAVE MORE CONFUSION THAN WE JUST SAW THERE.>>Kirk: NO. HE WAS BEING KIND WITH 12. I THINK THERE WAS 14 OR 15. THEY WENT FROM FIRST AND 25 TO A COUPLE PLAYS LATER, THEY’RE INSIDE THE 30 YARD LINE.>>Chris: 33-YARD GAIN ON THE SCREEN. AND WE’LL SEE HOW OFTEN BAMA USES TEMPO. NOT GOING TO BE QUITE LIKE WITH BLAKE SIMS LAST YEAR. KIFFIN LIKES TO DO IT, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE SITUATIONAL THING WITH COKER.>>Kirk: IT’S A FEEL. HOW THE GAME IS GOING THE SCORE OF THE GAME, HOW THE OFFENSE IS RESPONDING. JAKE COKER UP TO THIS POINT, A QUARTER AND A HALF.>>Referee: THERE’S RESET THE PLAY CLOCK TO 25 SECONDS. THE GAME CLOCK SHOULD BE RESET TO 7:36.>>Kirk: HE HAS TO BE PLEASED WITH HIMSELF IN THE WAY HE HAS PLAYED UP TO THIS POINT. HE’S 7 OF 9, 102 YARDS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HE HASN’T MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES. HE DOESN’T HAVE AN INTERCEPTION. AND HE JUST FEELS LIKE HE’S IN COMMAND. THERE’S COOP ER BATEMAN. THIS IS THE FIRST MEANINGFUL ACTION HE’S REALLY PLAYED IN HIS COLLEGE CAREER TONIGHT AS A SENIOR.>>Chris: ABSOLUTELY. JUST MOPUP DUTY A YEAR AGO, BASICALLY. FIRST DOWN THROW. AGAIN FLIPPED SHORT. O.J. HOWARD, THE FIRST CATCH FOR THE FINE TIGHT END AND HE SHOWS HIS AFTER THE CATCH SKILLS. A FIRST DOWN NEAR THE 17.>>Kirk: THEY’RE COUNTING ON HOWARD, ALONG WITH DRAKE, AT LEAST EARLY IN THE YEAR TO BE THE DIFFERENCE MAKERS AND TO BE ABLE TO TRY TO PICK UP BIG GAINS LIKE THAT RIGHT THERE. YOU KNOW, WITHOUT AMARI COOPER, WHO IS GOING TO PICK UP THE SLACK FOR ALL THAT PRODUCTION THAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THIS GAME? AND HOWARD IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE THAT GUY.>>Chris: BECAUSE OF COOPER LAST YEAR, HOWARD DIDN’T REALLY GET A LOT OF HOOKS. ONLY 17 CATCHES. THEY EXPECT HIM TO BE A MUCH BIGGER PART OF THE OFFENSE.>>Kirk: AT 6’6″, 242 POUNDS, HE’S A MATCH-UP NIGHTMARE FOR ANY DEFENSE.>>Chris: SO ON FIRST DOWN, DRAKE IS TO THE RIGHT OF COKER. JAKE HAS PLENTY OF TIME. FIRES SHORT. COMPLETE. CAUGHT. TOUCHDOWN, FOSTER! SO, A DRIVE THAT BEGAN WITH A 15-YARD PENALTY ENDS 88 YARDS LATER WITH A GO AHEAD TOUCHDOWN.>>Kirk: GREAT DRIVE BY COKER AND THE ALABAMA OFFENSE AND A REALLY WELL-DESIGNED PLAY RIGHT THERE BY LANE KIFFIN. WE’LL GET ANOTHER LOOK AT IT, BUT IT WAS REMARKABLE THE WAY THAT PLAY OPENED UP AND COKER DOES A NICE JOB OF AGAIN SHOWING THAT PATIENCE, LETTING THE PLAY DEVELOP. TOOK SOME TIME FOR FOSTER TO COME FROM THE LEFT ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT. BUT THE DEFENSE LOST IT IN COVERAGE. HE’S COMING FROM THE LEFT ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT. YOU CAN SEE THE SAFETIES ARE OCCUPIED WITH THE TIGHT ENDS. THEY JUST LOST FOSTER AND IT FREED HIM UP AND THERE’S COKER’S EYES DOWN FIELD MAKING THE READ.>>Chris: HIS FIRST CAREER TOUC>>Chris: YOU CONSIDER A FIRST-TIME STARTING QUARTERBACK AND VERY POOR FIELD POSSESSION ON EVERY DRIVE, YOU HAVE TO THINK, KIRK, THAT SABAN AND KIFFIN ARE THRILLED WITH TOUCHDOWN DRIVES OF 90 AND 88 YARDS. COKER WAS 4 FOR 4 ON THAT DRIVE. HE DOESN’T ALWAYS LOOK GREAT IN PRACTICE AND SCRIMMAGE. THAT’S WHY HE HADN’T WON THE JOB LONG AGO, BUT MAYBE HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS AS A STARTER WITH THE LIGHTS ON, IT’S CLICKING A LITTLE BIT.>>Kirk: AND AS THE GAME HAS GONE ON, HE JUST SEEMS MORE AND MORE COMFORTABLE.>>Chris: THIS IS JAMERSON AT THE GOAL LINE. HIT QUICKLY AND HAMMERED DOWN SHORT OF THE 20. BADGERS BACK TO WORK, 6:34 BEFORE HALFTIME.>>Kirk: LOOK AT THE PACIFIC LIFE GAME SUMMARY. LOOKING AT THE TWO QUARTERBACKS. JOEL STAVE, ONLY 88 YARDS, BUT THE LAST TIME THE BADGERS HAD THE BALL, A FOGOOD THROW ON THI DOWN TO GET THEIR ONLY TOUCHDOWN, TO ERICKSON, TO TIE IT UP. JAKE COKER. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK AT ALABAMA, THE WAY CAMP HAS GONE. NICK SABAN, SAYING THE TWO QUARTERBACKS, BOTH PERFORMING WELL, BUT TONIGHT, SO FAR, WE’VE SEEN JAKE COKER, ESPECIALLY THE LAST TWO, THREE SERIES, SETTLE INTO THIS GAME. HE AND LANE KIFFIN APPEAR TO BE IN SYNC TO THIS POINT OF THE FOOTBALL GAME.>>Chris: TO THIS POINT, SURE. THEY’VE REALLY STRUGGLED RUNNING THE FOOTBALL. 17 YARDS ON THEIR EIGHT RUSHES. NONE LONGER THAN FIVE YARDS. THAT WAS ON THE FIRST PLAY OF THE GAME. STAVE FLIPS IT SHORT. THAT’S DEREK WATT, HIS SECOND CATCH OUT ACROSS THE 20.>>Kirk: THAT’S REALLY BECOME THEIR PASSING GAME. YOU MIGHT LOOK AT THAT AND SAY, BOY, IT’S NOT VERY PRETTY, OR SEXY, IT’S NOT GOING TO GET THE BALL DOWN FIELD, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? PAUL CHRYST IS A SMART GUY. HE’S RUNNING INTO A WALL WHEN THEY’RE RUNNING THE FOOTBALL ON FIRST AND TEN. IF YOU CAN GET OUT ON THE EDGE AND GET AWAY FROM THAT PRESSURE AND DUMP IT OFF TO WATT OR A BACK OR A TIGHT END AND PICK UP FOUR, FIVE, SIX YARDS, GET TO SECOND AND FOUR, HELPS YOU STAY ON SCHEDULE, GIVES YOU A CHANCE.>>Chris: 0 GUN OGUNBOWALE IS T TAILBACK ON SECOND AND FOUR. ON THE STRETCH. STUTTER STEP, BUT AGAIN, THE PURSUIT SO QUICK, THEY GET ABOUT A YARD AND A HALF. IT WILL BE ANOTHER THIRD DOWN. SHAUN DION HAMILTON GRABBED HIM. SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL. PIRATES AND THE CARDINALS. 8:00 EASTERN TIME. “BASEBALL TONIGHT” GETS THINGS GOING AT 7:00, FOLLOWED BY PIRATES/CARDS TOMORROW NIGHT. WHAT IS CHRPAUL CHRYST GOING TO DIAL UP HERE?>>Kirk: YOU HAVE TO TRY SOME KIND OF PLAY ACTION. TWO UP BACKS INTO THE FLAT.>>Chris: FRESHMAN DEAL. THEY HAND IT TO HIM. SURPRISE. AND THE FRESHMAN MUSCLES NEAR THE MARKER. I THINK THEY GOT IT WITH THE SPOT.>>Kirk: MORE THEIR POWER BACKWHEN BA BACK WHEN THEY GET INTO SHORT YARDAGE SITUATIONS.>>Chris: CAN HE BE THE TWO PUNCH? CLEMENT WAS THE TWO PUNCH WITH MELVIN BEING THE ONE PUNCH.>>Kirk: I THINK THEY ARE HOPING THAT HE EVENTUALLY BECOMES THAT. 6’1″ 2SH1 6’1″, 2 0220 POUNDS, YOU WOULD THINK HE’S THE EXACT THING THEY NEED TO COMPLIMENT CLEMENT AS THE YEAR GOES ON.>>Chris: STAVE PRESSURED AND SLAMMED DOWN, AS THEY DIDN’T PICK UP JONATHAN ALLEN WHO CAME FLYING IN.>>Kirk: WALKER WILLIAMS, THE RIGHT GUARD, CONFUSED, RIGHT HERE. HE STEPS INSIDE AND THE PRESSURE SHOOTS RIGHT THROUGH THAT GAP. LITTLE MISCOMMUNICATION. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU START THREE NEW OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND THAT’S WHY EVERY SINGLE DOWN, VOLTZ IN THE MIDDLE, TRYING TO MAKE SURE ALL FIVE GUYS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE, THAT TIME, THEY COMMITTED TO THE LEFT. THERE’S PROBABLY A LUCKY CALL, THEY’RE COMING TO THE LEFT. AND THEN ALABAMA SHOT RIGHT THROUGH THE GAP BETWEEN THE RIGHT GUARD AND THE RIGHT TACKLE.>>Chris: FIRST SACK OF THE NIGHT SETS UP SECOND AND 17. STAVE. LOOPING THROW. INTO TRAFFIC, NICE CATCH MADE. ERICKSON, WHO CAUGHT THE TOUCHDOWN EARLIER, COLLECTS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF THROW HERE.>>Kirk: AND I THINK THEY CONFUSED STAVE. I THINK HE WAS EXPECTING MAN-TO-MAN AND HE MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH ONE. HE WENT RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF HUMPHREY. HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE UP AND HE WENT OVERTOP OF HIM, PEA PEAVY. HE CAME OFF PEAVY, HE SANK IN COVERAGE — >>Chris: YOU DON’T THINK HE MEANT THAT BEAUTIFUL THROW?>>Kirk: I THINK HE THOUGHT THE CORNER WOULD STAY UP ON THAT RECEIVER IN THE FLAT, BUT HE GOT THE BALL IN.>>Chris: A FLAG COMES FLYING OUT OF THE DEFENSIVE SECONDARY. TACKLE MADE AT THE 46. LET’S GO DOWN THE BEAR WITH THE AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION.>>WE’LL GIVE YOU A BREAK TONIGHT. IT’S TIME FOR TONIGHT’S AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. NICK SABAN HAS BEATEN WISCONSIN ONCE AS A COLLEGE HEAD COACH. NAME EACH TEAM’S LEADING RUSHER IN THAT GAME.>>Chris: HMM. WELL, MICHIGAN STATE.>>Kirk: YEAH.>>Chris: OBVIOUSLY.>>Kirk: CEDRIC IRVIN. BOOM, I GOT THAT ONE. LET’S SEE. WHO ELSE WOULD IT BE?>>Chris: THIS PENALTY, BY THE WAY, IS A HOLD. SO, IT MARCHES THE BADGERS BACK TO THE 36. NOT AN OFFENSE THAT CAN AFFORD MAJOR PENALTIES.>>Kirk: I’M STILL STUCK ON THE BEAR. HOW ABOUT — AT LSU, DID HE PLAY WISCONSIN IN A BOWL GAME, MAYBE?>>Chris: DO YOU THINK HE TRICKED US?>>Kirk: I’M GOING CEDRIC IRVIN ON ONE OF THEM.>>Chris: I’M FOCUSING ON THE PLAY HERE.>>Kirk: I KNOW, ME, TOO. I’M WITH YOU.>>Chris: BEAR’S TRYING TO THROW US A CURVEBALL.>>Kirk: I KNOW. EXACTLY.>>Chris: OGUNBOWALE. THEY ARE TESTING THE STRENGTH OF THIS DEFENSE. ALL RIGHT, BEAR, GIVE IT TO US.>>NOW IT’S TIME TO ANSWER TONIGHT’S AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. KIRK, YOU DID GET CEDRIC IRVIN. THE OTHER ONE, RON DAYNE.>>Chris: THAT WAS KIND OF EASY.>>I TRIED TO GIVE YOU AN EASY ONE, BREAK YOU INTO THE SEASON, GIVE YOU SOME CONFIDENCE AND GET HALF OF IT RIGHT.>>Chris: DID YOU KNOW HE WAS GOING TO BE HERE?>>I DID NOT KNOW AT THE TIME.>>Chris: BIG ONE TONIGHT. HE WAS A BIG ONE.>>Kirk: BIG FELLA.>>Chris: FEATURE BACK CLEMENT STILL NOT IN THE GAME. OGUNBOWALE TO THE RIGHT OF STAVE ON SECOND AND 13. TIDE RUSH FOUR. FLIP IT SHORT AGAIN. AND ERICKSON GETS OUT TO THE 48. STILL GOING TO BE THIRD DOWN AND ABOUT EIGHT. ANDERSON ON THE TACKLE.>>Kirk: I THINK THESE LAST TWO DOWNS, PAUL CHRYST JUST TRYING TO GET WISCONSIN, AFTER THE PENALTY, JUST TRY TO GET IN POSITION TO BE ABLE TO CONVERT. HAVE A LEGITIMATE CHANCE TO CONVERT ON THIRD DOWN. I THINK HE’S DONE THAT NOW.>>Chris: IT’S AMAZING, KIRK, THIS IS NOT A GOOD SITUATION FOR BAMA’S DEFENSE LAST YEAR. THEY WERE ONE OF THE WORST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY FOR TEAMS CONVERTING THIRD AND LONG. IT JUST GALS NICK SABAN.>>Kirk: HERE’S ERICKSON RIGHT HERE.>>Chris: PLAY CLOCK AT THREE. HE LOOKED RIGHT THAT DIRECTION. ERICKSON DOES MAKE THE CATCH. DOES NOT MAKE THE FIRST DOWN, BECAUSE EDDIE JACKSON, THE SAFETY, WAS ALL OVER HIM AT THE 49. FOURTH AND THREE.>>Kirk: EDDIE JACKSON MOVES FROM CORNER TO SAFETY, ALONG WITH GENO MAT YA SIAS-SMITH. YOU HAVE CORNERS, ESSENTIALLY, WITH CORNERBACK GROUND PLAYING SAFETY, WHERE YOU CAN PLAY A LOT MORE MAN-TO-MAN WITH THOSE SAFETIES.>>Chris: CLOCK IS RUNNING, YOU WOULD THINK ON FOURTH AND THREE WISCONSIN IS GOING TO PUNT IT.>>Kirk: JUST WORKING THE CLOCK.>>Chris: SABAN CHOOSING NOT TO TAKE A TIME-OUT. AND CHRYST IS GOING TO LET THIS THING RUN DOWN. SEE IF THEY TRY TO TAKE THE DELAY OF GAME. THEY WILL SPEND A TIME-OUT. SEE IF THEY KEEP THE OFFENSE ON OR SEND THE PUNT>>Chris: AFTER YOU WATCH THE BUCKEYES AND THE LOW SIS ON MONDAY NIGHT, YOU CAN KEEP IT RIGHT HERE TO WATCH OUR BUDDY SVP, THE PREMIERE OF HIS NIGHTLY “SPORTSCENTER” SHOW AT MIDNIGHT, BEGINNING MONDAY ON ESPN. THE BADGERS DO DECIDE TO PUNT AFTER BLEEDING THE CLOCK. TRY TO PIN THE TIDE DEEP AND GET TO HALFTIME DOWN JUST SEVEN. MEYER KNOCKS IT HIGH AND THE FAIR CATCH MADE AT THE 11 YARD LINE BY DRAKE. STAY TUNED FOR THE BMW HALFTIME REPORT. JOHN SAUNDERS, MARK MAY AND MACK BROWN. THE NEW TEAM ON ABC THIS FALL. THEY’LL HAVE SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM A WILD AND BUSY OPENING SATURDAY OF THE SEASON.>>Kirk: WITH THE WAY COKER’S BEEN THROWING THE BALL, ALABAMA STILL THREE TIME-OUTS, I KNOW THEY’RE PINNED BACK, BUT HE’S BEEN PINNED BACK.>>Chris: EVERY DRIVE.>>Kirk: DEPENDING ON THE FIRST COUPLE OF PLAYS GO WILL DETERMINE IF THEY GET AGGRESSIVE. REMEMBER, WISCONSIN DEFERRED AND THEY DO GET THE BALL TO START THE SECOND HALF.>>Chris: THE PLAN WASN’T REALLY SET IN STONE. WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT SEE COOPER BATEMAN SPELLING JAKE COKER AT THIS POINT. BUT HARD TO TAKE 14 OUT OF THERE.>>Kirk: NOT RIGHT NOW. HE’S BEEN PLAYING WELL. 9 OF 11, 130 YARDS. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT RHYTHM THAT HE’S PICKED UP OUT OF THE GAME RIGHT NOW.>>Chris: HE’S UNDER CENTER WITH HENRY BEHIND HIM AND HOWARD IN MOTION. PLAY ACTION. COKER LOOKING DOWN FIELD. FIRES DEEP — STEWART — OVER HIS HEAD. SHELTON, THE CORNER, WHO HAS BEEN URGED TO PLAY WITH MORE PASSION, MORE ENTHUSIASM AND MORE RISK THIS YEAR. YOU DON’T USUALLY TELL A CORNER THAT.>>Kirk: HOW ABOUT DAVE ARANDA SAYING, A LITTLE OVER A MINUTE TO GO IN THE FIRST HALF, WE GOT THEM PINNED, MAN-TO-MAN WITHOUT ANY SAFETY BACK THERE?>>Chris: THAT’S A LOT OF TRUST IN NUMBER 8.>>Kirk: THAT IS A LOT OF TRUST. YOU HAVE TWO CORNERS FOR WISCONSIN, THAT FREES UP DAVE ARANDA TO SAY, BOTH THESE GUYS HAVE STARTED FOR THREE YEARS, THEY CAN PLAY MAN-TO-MAN. I WAS SURPRISED NOT TO SEE ANY SAFETY HELP BACK THERE. NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY ARE IN COVERAGE.>>Chris: IN THE SHOTGUN. COKER FIRES FAR SIDE. CATCH MADE THERE. STEWART TRIED TO HURDLE A MAN. SO, IT’S THIRD DOWN.>>Kirk: AND NICK SABAN STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO LANE KIFFIN WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING THE CLOCK. HE JUST KIND OF PUT HIS HANDS UP RIGHT THERE TO LANE. HE IS HELPING DICTATE EVERY SINGLE THING THAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS WHETHER — THAT’S IT. WE’RE GOOD. KILL THE CLOCK. THAT’S IT. WHEN THE HEAD MAN SAYS — >>Chris: TOOK ONE SHOT, STOP THE CLOCK.>>Kirk: SHUT IT DOWN. THAT’S IT. PACK IT UP, HEAD INTO THE SHOWER. WHO IS HEATHER GOING TO TALK TO? WE’RE HEREADY FOR HALF.>>Chris: IT IS A FASCINATING SIDELINE DYNAMIC. A FORMER NFL HEAD COACH, BOTH OF THEM, ACTUALLY, ARE. PLAY CLOCK ALL THE WAY DOWN TO ONE WHEN THEY SNAP IT AND GIVE IT TO DRAKE. HE WANTS TO JUST STAY INBOUNDS AND DOES FALL DOWN. AND THE BADGERS COULD STOP IT. AND THEY DO WITH 14 SECONDS. FORCE A PUNT. THAT WAS A POLITE INTERACTION BETWEEN THOSE TWO. TESTY SOMETI.>>Kirk: COMPETITIVE>>Chris: LAST TIME WE WERE HERE, PLAYING AT A FRENETIC TEMPO. TONIGHT, THIS IS NFL STYLE. SLOW BALL. SCOTT, NOT A GOOD KICK.>>Kirk: AS GOOD AS HE WAS LAST YEAR, HE’S NOT HAD A GREAT CAMP. I MEAN, WHEN I’M SAYING NOT A GREAT CAMP. DIDN’T MEAN ONE OR TWO DAYS. I DON’T KNOW IF HE HAS SOMETHING GOING ON IN HIS MIND. HE COULDN’T HAVE PUNTED ANY BETTER A YEAR AGO. A BAD AUGUST AND IT CONTINUES NOW IN THE OPENER. YOU COULD SEE — >>Chris: HE COULD HAVE WON THE JOB AT A FRESHMAN. 48 YARDS A PUNT LAST YEAR.>>Kirk: HE KNEW RIGHT AWAY. TALK ABOUT THE YIPS WITH STAVE. HOW HE HAD NO OVERCOME IT. WHEN IT COMES TO KICKING AND PUNTING SOMETIMES, HOW THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT.>>Chris: BADGERS HAVE NINE SECONDS TO WORK WITH. THEY DON’T HAVE TOO FAR TO GO TO GET IN FIELD GOAL RANGE. THEY’VE GOT THE ONE TIME-OUT. STAVE TAKES A SHOT DOWN FIELD. LEAPING CATCH BY ERICKSON AT THE 15. THEY’LL SPEND THEIR LAST TIME-OUT WITH THREE SECONDS TO GO. AND PERHAPS STEAL THREE POINTS BEFORE HALFTIME AFTER THE SHANK.>>Kirk: WELL, THIS IS A GREAT BALL AND LOOK TO THE RIGHT, HOW 86 GETS RIGHT IN BETWEEN COVERAGE. HE SNUCK RIGHT IN THERE BEHIND HIM, BEHIND THE COVERAGE. AND A PERFECTLY THROWN BALL WHERE HIS MOST TRUSTED RECEIVER, ERICKSON, CAN GO UP AND MAKE THE PLAY. SMITH DROPPED BACK BUT HE DIDN’T QUITE GET DEEP ENOUGH. STAVE SHOWING THE ARM STRENGTH, CHRIS, BUT ALSO DOES A GOOD JOB SHOWING THE TOUCH TO GET — YOU HAVE TO THROW THAT BILLION WITH BALL WITH A LITTLE BIT OF VELOCITY, AND ALSO SOME TOUCH.>>Chris: ERICKSON’S HAD FIVE CATCHES IN THE FIRST HALF. IF YOU THINK ABOUT JOEL STAVE A YEAR AGO WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING LSU DOWN IN HOUSTON AND HE WAS GOING THROUGH THE YIPS AND COULDN’T THROW A BALL FROM ME TO YOU, SOME VERY NICE THROWS SO FAR.>>Kirk: I THINK THAT’S REALLY BEHIND HIM. AND I BELIEVE PAUL CHRYST COMING IN HAS HELPED HIM JUST PUT ALL THAT BEHIND HIM AND MOVE FORWARD. THIS IS A BONUS OPPORTUNITY FOR WISCONSIN.>>Chris: RAFAEL GAGLIANONE FROM BRAZIL FROM 34. OFF THE UPRIGHT. AND THE BADGERS SQUANDER A CHANCE TO GO TO HALFTIME WITH SOME MOMENTUM AND ONLY A FOUR-POINT DEFICIT. THIS GUY WAS VERY RELIABLE A YEAR AGO.>>Kirk: YOU WANT TO UPSET ALABAMA EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU HAVE. YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO CASH IT IN. THEY GOT A GIFT, A CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH POINTS AND THEN GET THE BALL TO START THE SECOND HALF AND THEY SQUANDERED IT. MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY.>>Chris: SO COKER AND THE TIDE WILL BE UP SEVEN AT THE BREAK. BADGERS WILL GET THE BALL WHEN WE COME BACK. THE BMW HALFTIME REPORT COMING UP, AND HEATHER COX WILL SPEAK WITH PAUL CH ♪ LET’S GO ♪>>Chris: BAY CITY ROLLERS REMAKE THERE, KIRK. SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON ABC, PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO. GOOD PLAY BY THE DEFENSE IN THIS FIRST HALF HERE, WISCONSIN’S GOING TO GET THE BALL TO BEGIN THE THIRD QUARTER, DOWN BY ONLY SEVEN. AND EFFICIENT START FOR ALABAMA’S QUARTERBACK, JAKE COKER, BUT KIRK, WISCONSIN, WHICH LOST ITS CAPTAIN, ONE OF ITS BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS, MICHAEL CAPUTO ON THE SECOND PLAY WITH A HEAD INJURY, GOT TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEIR DEFENSE. OFFENSIVELY, RUNNING GAME HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING.>>Kirk: THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RUN THE FOOT BAM. IF YOU GO BACK AND THINK ABOUT THAT SCORING DRIVE, IT WAS OVER 60 YARDS, IT’S SEVEN PASSES, ONLY TWO RUNS AND I TALKED EARLY IN THE GAME THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO THROW TO SET UP THE RUN, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, I THINK THAT WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE IN THE SECOND HALF. JAKE COKER’S BEEN — NOT NECESSARILY A PLEASANT SURPRISE, BUT HE’S BEEN IN COMMAND. THIS IS A TOUCHDOWN PASS WHERE HE DOES A GOOD JOB OF BEING PATIENT, READING THE DEFENSE. TWO DEFENDERS TAKE ONE GUY, IT OPENS IT UP UNDERNEATH FOR FOSTER AND HE GETS HIM THE FOOTBALL WHERE HE STILL HAS ROOM TO MAKE A RUN UPFIELD TO BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH THAT TOUCHDOWN. SO, COKER OFF TO A GOOD START. WE TALKED EARLY, WE THOUGHT BATEMAN MIGHT COME IN THE GAME. BUT YOU’RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE COKER CONTINUE IN THE SECOND HALF.>>Kirk: THE SENIOR FROM MOBILE HAS WAITED FOR A LONG TIME. HEATHER?>>Heather: I CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, I JUST SPOKE TO NICK SABAN WHO SAID, YES, WE WILL GO WITH JAKE COKER TO START THE THIRD QUARTER. AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL SEE COOPER BATEMAN, HE SAID, I DON’T KNOW IF OR WHEN WE WILL SEE HIM IN THE SECOND HALF. DEFENSIVELY, LOOK FOR ALABAMA TO DO A BETTER JOB ON THIRD DOWN. WE HAVE GOT TO GET OFF THE FIELD ON THIRD DOWN. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF MISMATCHES. OFFENSIVELY, HE SAID, I LIKE THE DECISIONS WE’VE MADE IN THE PASSING GAME. WE JUST GOT TO CONVERT A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THOSE GOOD PLAYS.>>Chris: I THINK A LOT OF BILLION MA FANBAMA FANS WOULD SAY HE’S BEEN A PLEASANT SURPRISE, GIVEN THE CONCERN COMING OUT OF CAMP. JAMERSON WILL TRY IT FROM INSIDE THE END ZONE. KICKOFF RETURNERS HAVE HAD A TOUGH GO TONIGHT. EXCELLENT COVERAGE FROM BOTH SIDES. LOOKING AT TODAY’S AT&T STRONG PERFORMANCE.>>Kirk: THE QUARTERBACKS. WE TALKED STAVE. NUMBERS AREN’T NECESSARILY HUGE. 14 OF 16, BUT HIS — BOTH QUARTERBACKS HAVE AVOIDED MAKING MISTAKES. A LOT OF IT IS MORE OF A HIGH PERCENTAGE THROW FOR BOTH THESE GUYS. BOTH THE PAUL CHRYST FROM WISCONSIN, LANE KIFFIN FROM ALABAMA, GOING A GOOD JOB OF PUTTING THEM INTO A POSITION WHERE IT’S BEEN SAFE. WE’LL SEE IF THAT CONTINUES IN THE SECOND HALF. AT SOME POINT, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A FEW MORE RISKS. REMEMBER, WISCONSIN, BETTER SUCCESS DINKING AND DUNKING ON FIRST DOWN INSTEAD OF RUNNING INTO THAT WALL.>>Chris: STAVE HAS BEEN SHARP THROWING THE BALL. GIVE IT TO CLEMENT, WHO HAD SOME CARRIES EARLY IN THE GAME. MOST OF THEM RESULTED IN JUST LIKE THAT, NOT MUCH AGAINST THAT PHYSICAL FRONT.>>Kirk: THAT’S NOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS TONIGHT. UP TO THIS POINT. THE BOYS UP FRONT FOR ALABAMA, THEY ARE LOCKED IN ON SIX.>>Chris: BAD NEWS IS, KIRK, THEY KEEP ROMMING FRESH BODIES IN. THIS IS AS DEEP A DEFENSIVE FRONT AS THERE IS IN THE COUNTRY. THOSE LINEMEN KEEP FACING THESE FRESH 300-POUND BODIES ROLLING AT THEM. BIG LINEBACKERS LIKE RAGLAND. SECOND DOWN THROW. QUICKLY BEHIND 0 GOGUNBOWALE. AND STAVE WAS UNDER A LITTLE HEAT THERE. THIRD AND LONG.>>Kirk: HE FELT THE PRESSURE FROM THE CORNER OFF TO HIS RIGHT. HE WANTED TO GET THE BALL OUT OF HIS HANDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THIS TIME, AGAIN, WHEN YOU’RE THROWING MOST OF YOUR ROUTES, EIGHT TO TEN YARDS, THE DEFENSE IS NOT RESPECTING ANYTHING DOWN FIELD. AND THERE HAVE NOT BEEN A LOT OF ATTEMPTS BY WISCONSIN DOWN FIELD, SO, THE LINEBACKERS AND THE SAFETIES START TO SQUEEZE AT THAT FIVE TO EIGHT, LIKE I SAID, FIVE TO EIGHT TO TEN YARDS, MAKES IT A VERY, VERY TOUGH THING TO BE ABLE TO EXECUTE AND COMPLETE PASSES.>>Chris: BADGERS 4 OF 7 ON THIRD DOWN SO FAR, AS THE TIDE SHOW PRESSURE. STAVE HURRIES IT. LOOPS A THROW, INCOMPLETE. AND A FLAG DOES COME IN ON THAT WISCONSIN SIDELINE. THEY WERE LOOKING FOR IT. MARLON HUMPHREY WAS IN COVERAGE.>>Kirk: THIS HAS EVERYTHING TO DO — WE TALK ALL THE TIME WITH OUR COLLEAGUES UP IN THE BOOTH WITH THE OFFICIALS, IF YOU DON’T TURN YOUR HEAD AROUND AND FIND THE FOOTBALL AND THIS TIME, HUMPHREY DOES NOT DO THAT. YOU’RE ALWAYS GOING TO GET CALLED IF THERE’S ANY KIND OF CONTACT AT ALL. SEE HIS HEAD?>>Referee: 15-YARD PENALTY. FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: NEVER TURNED AROUND TO LOCATE THE FOOTBALL. GOOD CALL BY THE OFFICIAL DOWNSTAIRS.>>Chris: THAT’S THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT THEY HAVE TARGETED TANNER McAVOY, THEIR OPENING DAY STARTER A YEAR AGO WHO PLAYED SOME SAFETY IN THE SPRING, THEN SHIFTED OVER TO WIDE RECEIVER. HE’S REALLY THE GUY THEY FEEL THAT’S BEST EQUIPPED TO WIN ONE-ON-ONE BATTLES AND STAVE FINALLY TAKES A LOOK FOR HIM.>>Chris: TAKES A SHOT AND HUMPHREY DID NOT PLAY THE FOOTBALL AND WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING THE BALL, MAKES IT PRETTY EASY FOR THE GUYS TO MAKE THE RIGHT CALL.>>Chris: SO, BAMA’S HAD OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE TONIGHT. THIS IS TAIWAN DEAL, AGAIN NOTHING THERE. HE’S BODY SLAMMED TO THE GROUND BY DARREN LAKE, A BACKUP NOSE GUARD WHO COULD START FOR A WHOLE LOT OF TEAMS.>>Kirk: AND LAKE PLAYS, TALKING TO KIRBY SMART THIS MORNING, THEY’RE GOING TO PUT LAKE IN THERE WHEN THEY FEEL WISCONSIN GOES TO THEIR HEAVY PACKAGE. HE’S GOOD AT THE NOSE GUARD AND FREES UP THE GUYS TO GO TO THE EDGE. HE’S GOOD AT THAT TERRANCE CODY, HOLD THE POINT OF ATTACK. HE DID MORE THAN THAT THERE. HE SHOWED QUICKNESS TO BE ABLE TO CLOSE IN ON THE BALL CARRIER.>>STAVE ON SECOND AND EIGHT. FEELS THE PRESSURE AGAIN AND GOES DOWN. THE TIDE CONVERGING THERE. JARRAN REED AND JONATHAN ALLEN, TWO DEFENSIVE ENDS.>>Kirk: IF YOU LOOK AT THIS INITIALLY, IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRESSURE’S COMING FROM HERE. BUT IN FACT, HE DROPS AND THE PRESSURE COMES FROM HERE. AND IT CAUGHT STAVE, ALSO IT CATCHES THE OFFENSIVE LINE BY SURPRISE, SO, A LITTLE BIT OF A ZONE PRESSURE THERE AND WHEN ALABAMA KNOWS YOU’RE GOING TO THROW, THEY ARE GOING TO CHANGE THINGS UP AND CHALLENGE THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THAT OFFENSIVE LINE.>>Chris: THIRD AND 16. SCREEN. OGUNBOWALE HIT FOR A LOSS. RUBEUBEN FOSTER WAS ALL OVER HI. AND THE BADGER OFFENSE GOES BACKWARDS AFTER THE PENALTY.>>Kirk: REUBEN FOSTER IS OUT THERE BECAUSE OF HIS ATHLETIC ABILITY AND THE WAY HE THE PLAY IN SPACE. IT’S AN AREA THAT ALABAMA IS REALLY FOCUSED ON GETTING BETTER WITH THE LINEBACKERS, BEING ABLE TO MAKE READS LIKE THIS AND GET RIGHT THROUGH THE BLOCKS AND BE ABLE TO CLOSE IN ON THE RECEIVER. GREAT JOB OF RECOGNITION AND THEN THE SPEED TO ACCELERATE IN THE OPEN FIELD BY THE ALABAMA LINEBACKER, FOSTER.>>Chris: SERIOUS EXPLOSIVENESS BY THE JUNIOR FROM AUBURN TO GET THE BALL CARRIER A VERY LOW PUNT, MAY HAVE BEEN DEFLECTED. BOUNCING AROUND AND THE BADGERS AVOID A DISASTER AND DOWN IT AT THE 43. SEE IF THAT DID GET DEFLECTED. IT CAME FLYING IN THERE ON MEYER. BUCKEYES AND THE HOKIES IN THE BEDLAM OF LANE STADIUM OVEREN ESPN, 8 :00 ON LABOR DAY NIGHT.>>Kirk: I THINK HE FELT THE PRESSURE AND HE STOPPED FOLLOWING THROUGH. I DON’T KNOW IF ANYBODY ACTUALLY TOUCHED THE FOOTBALL. WATCH HIS RIGHT LEG AS IT COMES THROUGH. HE’S FEELING IT. HE JUST KIND OF STOPS IT. SHOULD HAVE KEPT THAT REGULEG UD FALLEN DOWN.>>Chris: JUST A 2 IRON. GOT A PRETTY GOOD ROLL OUT OF IT. BAMA FINALLY HAS GOOD FIELD POSITION. COKER IMMEDIATELY LOOKS DOWN FIELD. LOOPS THE BALL AND INCOMPLETE. THEY’VE TAKEN A COUPLE OF DEEP SHOTS. BUT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO CONVERT. ARDARUIS STEWART WAS OUT THERE AND AGAIN, SHELTON IN COVERAGE.>>Kirk: INTERESTING CALL BY LANE KIFFIN. FIRST PLAY, THEY GO RIGHT AFTER D’COTA DIXON WHO IS IN THERE FOR THE LEADER, CAPUTO. HE IS OUT THERE IN COVERAGE BY HIMSELF. ALABAMA FEELS THAT THE FAVORITE THROW THAT COKER HAS, LIKE A LOT OF BIG, STRONG-ARMED QUARTERBACKS, THROW IT AS HIGH AND DEEP AS YOU CAN AND LET THE RECEIVER RUN UNDERNEATH IT. MAY HAVE LET GO OF THAT ONE A LITTLE BIT LATE AND HE UNDERTHREW IT. BUT HE WAS OPEN.>>Chris: HENRY. A BURST UP THE MIDDLE. DERRICK HENRY! HIS SECOND TOUCHDOWN TONIGHT. AND ALABAMA BACK UP TWO TOUCHDOWNS.>>Kirk: WATCH THE LINEBACKERS RIGHT HERE. HESITATE WITH THE ACTION. AND THEN HE’S JUST GOING TO FOLLOW THE RIGHT GUARD AROUND TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP A BIG BLOCK. THE SAFETIES, THE LINEBACKERS HESITATE JUST A LITTLE BIT. IT’S A MISSED TACKLE BY THE UNDERSIZED SAFETY AND OFF TO THE RACES GOES THE BIG FELLA.>>Chris: HENRY AVERAGING MORE THAN 13 YARDS ON HIS TEN CARRIES TONIGHT AND A COUPLE OF TOUCHDOWNS AND THE BADGERS ARE IN A TWO-TOUCHDOWN HOLE EARLY THIRD.>>Chris: AERIAL COVERAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING GOODYEAR HAS LEARNED MAKING TIRES THAT GO THE DISTANCE INSPIRES WHAT THEY ROLL INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR, MORE DRIVEN. THE OFFICIAL AERIAL PROVIDER OF SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. ONE RUN CAN CHANGE THINGS QUICKLY. AND DERRICK HENRY, WHEN HE GETS THOSE 242 POUNDS ROLLING DOWNHILL, AND A SAFETY, YOU POINTED OUT, KIRK, ABOUT 55 POUNDS LIGHTER. THAT’S A MISMATCH.>>Kirk: YEAH.>>Chris: AND HENRY WON THAT ONE.>>Kirk: HOWARD WITH A HUGE BLOCK THERE. JUST REALLY WELL-EXECUTED. IF YOU DON’T SLOW HIM DOWN AS HE’S COMING DOWNHILL, HE’S GOT SOME SPEED. HE’S GOING TO PULL AWAY FROM PEOPLE.>>Chris: JAMERSON THIS TIME WILL TAKE A KNEE. AN UPDATE FROM THE STUDIO.>>THANKS. LET’S LOOK AT WHO IS GETTING IT DONE, PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO. TEXAS AND NOTRE DAME. MALIK ZAIRE WITH A 66-YARD TOUCHDOWN, AIRING IT OUT TO WILL FULLER. SECOND TD OF THE GAME. ZAIRE, 14 OF 16, 231 YARDS, TWO TDs. BACK TO YOU.>>Chris: IRISH ARE GETTING IT DONE FAST AND FURIOUS, SCORING AGAINST THE LONGHORNS. A TEAM THAT IS STRUGGLING ON OFFENSE TONIGHT. SO, THE BADGERS FIND THEMSELVES DOWN TWO TOUCHDOWNS FOR THE FIRST TIME. COREY CLEMENT HAS YET TO BREAK FREE. THEY FAKE IT TO HIM. THROW IT SHORT AND THE CATCH IS MADE BY DEREK WATT, WHO HAS BEEN HELD IN CHECK VERY WELL TONIGHT. EDDIE JACKSON ON THE TACKLE.>>Kirk: I’M JUST A BIG FAN OF THAT FIRST AND TEN PLAY ACTION PASS. DUMPING IT OUT TO WATT. I THINK IT’S — BREAKS THAT TENDENCY TO RUN THE FOOTBALL. YOU’RE NOT HAVING A LOT OF SUCCESS ON FIRST AND TEN AND IT JUST IS SO IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY ON THIS DRIVE, TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE, GETS THEM TO SECOND AND SIX.>>Chris: STAVE, BALL KNOCKED DOWN, DEFLECTED AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. HE WAS LOOKING FOR ERICKSON. THE DEFLECTION MADE BY TOMLINSON.>>Kirk: THEY HAVE 17 YARDS RUSHING RIGHT NOW, SO, IT’S NO WONDER. LOOK AT THAT PUSH THAT THEY’RE GETTING. WHEN YOU CAN’T GET THERE — THAT’S WHAT KIRBY SMART, NICK SABAN WANT TO SEE. HOW DO YOU IMPACT A QUARTERBACK? GETTING HIM OFF HIS POINT. ANYTHING YOU CAN TRY TO DO TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THAT PASSING GAME. AND THAT TIME, THE BIG FELLA GETS IN THERE, TOMTOMLINSON, GE IN THERE AND SETS UP THIS BIG THIRD DOWN.>>Kirk: THEY NEED SIX OR BAMA’S GOING TO GET THE FOOTBALL BACK. LOW SNAP. STAVE SCRAMBLING OFF THE HANDS OF ERICKSON, BUT THAT WAS MESSED UP FROM THE START AND HERE COMES A BADGER PUNT.>>Kirk: THERE’S THAT BLITZ PACKAGE FROM ALABAMA. THEY SHOW PRESSURE FROM ONE SIDE. SOMETIMES THEY COME, SOMETIMES THEY DROP. THAT TIME THEY DROPPED AND I THINK, AGAIN, IT’S — THEY’RE AFFECTING THE OFFENSIVE LINE. SEE THE BLITZ, LOOKS LIKE IT’S COMING FROM THE RIGHT. IT ENDS UP, ACTUALLY THE TWIST COMES FROM THE LEFT. THE PLAY NEVER HAD A CHANCE, BUT A LOT — WITH VOLTZ TO CENTER, HE’S TRYING TO GET THE CALL RIGHT. BY THE TIME HE SNAPS THE BALL, IT’S A BAD SNAP AND THE MOVEMENT, WHEN THEY GET YOU TO THIRD DOWN, HAS A BIGGER IMPACT ON JUST — NOT JUST THE PLAY ITSELF.>>Chris: THERE’S THE PUNT. TAKEN AND CYRUS JONES, A NICE RETURN. AND THE TIDE IS GOING TO START IN WISCONSIN TERRITORY.>>Chris: TIDE TAKE OVER IN PLUS TERRITORY AND THAT BADGER DEFENSE, KIRK, WHICH DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB ALL NIGHT UNTIL THAT HENRY 56-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN, NOW REALLY HAS TO MAKE A STAND TO TRY TO KEEP THIS THING WITHIN REACH. THAT’S DRAKE COMING IN MOTION. COKER FAKES IT TO HIM AND NOW FIRES AND ANOTHER CATCH ALONGSIDELINES. A FLAG COMES OUT. MULLANEY COLLECTED IT NEAR THE 30. THEY’RE SIGNALING AGAINST WISCONSIN.>>Referee: OFFSIDE, NUMBER 47, DEFENSE. THE PENALTY IS DECLINED. THE PLAY RESULTED IN A FIRST DOWN.>>Chris: BIEGEL GOT IN THERE TOO EARLY.>>Kirk: IT’S A DIFFERENT OFFENSE WITHOUT MAKE BLAKE SIMS. YOU SEE THE MOTION COME HERE. HERE’S THE RECEIVER, WHERE HE SHOWS LIKE HE’S GOING TO BLOCK AND THEN HE JUST SLIPS DOWN. ANOTHER WAY THAT LANE KIFFIN WANTS TO TRY TO EXPLOIT THIS DEFENSE. SHOWING BLOCK, GETS BEHIND THE COVERAGE AND A NICE LITTLE BUBBLE THERE AS, AGAIN, MIXING IN THE POWER RUNNING GAME WITH THIS PASSING ATTACK.>>Chris: JOKER AGAIN LOOKING DOWN FIELD. NOT A RUNNER, BUT HAS PLENTY OF ROOM AND TAKES OFF AND DIVES FOR A FIRST DOWN AT THE 21. FIRST TIME HE’S RUN THE FOOTBALL TONIGHT.>>Kirk: HE SHOWED SOME ATHLETIC A ABILITY. WATCH THE RUNNING BACK. BOOM, HE TAKES ON THAT BLITZING LINEBACKER. AND THAT’S WHAT GAVE HIM ENOUGH TIME. AND THEN HENRY DOESN’T GIVE UP ON THE PLAY FROM T.J. EDWARDS.>>Chris: THE RUNNING BACK WAS BIGGER THAN THE LINEBACKER IN THAT CASE. HENRY HAMMERS FORWARD AGAIN.>>Kirk: WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT THAT, DERRICK HENRY IS GOING TO GET MOST OF THE ATTENTION FROM THE IMMEDIATE MEDIA AND FROM US ABOUT SCORING TOUCHDOWNS. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT. THERE’S THAT BLOCK BY HOWARD, FREES HIM UP AND THERE’S THE SPEED FOR THE BIG GUY, BUT HE ALSO, WILLING TO GET INVOLVED IN PASS PROTECTION. REALLY JUST BECOMING A COMPLETE BACK, WHICH IS WHAT THEY NEED.>>Chris: NUMEROUS FLAGS BEFORE THE SNAP.>>Referee: FALSE START, NUMBER 94, OFFENSE. FIVE-YARD PENALTY. SECOND DOWN.>>Chris: DAKOTA BALL, THE TIGHT END. IF YOU CAN’T BLOCK THE BLITZ, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE TRUSTED TO BE AN EVERY DOWN BACK. AND HENRY IS COMPLETE.>>Kirk: A LOT OF TIMES, GUYS IN TODAY’S DAY AND AGE, THEY’RE SO SUCCESSFUL AS RUNNERS THAT THEY DON’T ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO THAT ASPECT OF THE GAME. ELECTRONIC TO BE UNSELFISH. HEN I HAVE THA HENRY IS THAT KIND OF GUY.>>Chris: I DON’T HIT THE HE MINDS CONTACT.>>Kirk: THAT TIME, ALABAMA MOVED, THE LEFT TACKLE. CAM ROBINSON.>>Chris: SO, BACK-TO-BACK FALSE STARTS, PUSHING THE TIDE BACK AFTER THEY HAD GOTTEN DOWN TO THE 21. HENRY WITH 131 YARDS, AGAIN, ON 11 CARRIES. TWO LONG TOUCHDOWNS, ONE ON A FOURTH DOWN PLAY. SECOND AND 17. FLIP IT SHORT, OUT OF THE HANDS OF ARDARUIS STEWART, INCOMPLETE. THIS WILL FRUSTRATE KIFFIN AND SABAN, BECAUSE THEY WERE MOVING DOWN TO THE 21 YARD LINE. THE TWO PENALTIES. INCOMPLETION AND NOW IT’S THIRD AND 17. NOT NEARLY AS COMFORTABLE FIELD GOAL RANGE.>>Kirk: NO, AND REALLY THE EXECUTION. YOU GET SPOILED WITH AN AMARI COOPER ON THOSE KIND OF PLAYS. HOW MANY TIMES LAST YEAR DID YOU SEE AMARI COOPER CATCH THAT KIND OF BALL AND THE BALL WAS JUST ALWAYS PUT RIGHT THERE.>>Chris: DRAKE. THIRD DOWN RUN. A FLAG COMES IN AGAIN IN THE HOLDING ZONE AS SHELTON BRINGS DOWN THE BALL CARRIER. TIDE ARE KILLING THEMSELVES HERE. THAT’S A HOLDING CALL, A THIRD PENALTY IN THE LAST FEW PLAYS.>>Referee: HOLDING, NUMBER 71, OFFENSE. TEN-YARD PENALTY. IT’S THIRD DOWN.>>Kirk: HE, TAYLOR, JACKSON, THREE GUYS UP FRONT, HOLDING THEIR OWN. IT’S BEEN A PRETTY PHYSICAL BATTLE. WHEN THESE TWO TEAMS PLAY ANYBODY, IT’S USUALLY A PRETTY PHYSICAL BATTLE IN THE TRENCHES.>>Chris: THREE PENALTIES NOW. THEY WERE DOWN AT THE 21, NOW THEY’RE BACK AT THE 38. THEY NEED 27 YARDS ON THIS THIRD DOWN. HENRY AND DRAKE BOTH IN THE GAME. THEY MOTION DRAKE. COKER FLIPS IT SHORT TO HENRY. HE HAS SOME BLOCKING. HE’LL BE KNOCKED DOWN WAY SHORT OF THE MARKER.>>Kirk: ALMOST LIKE WHO WANTS TO HIT HIM. RUNNING FULL SPEED, IT’S ALMOST LIKE, WHO DARES TO STEP IN FRONT OF HIM? LIKE THE BIG GUY, I ALWAYS SAY TO THE BIG BACKS, THEY ARE LIKE THE BIG GUY IN EIGHTH GRADE OUT IN RECESS, RUNNING FREE AND SOMEBODY’S GOT TO JUMP ON HIS BACK. BUT THEY DID GET BACK INTO FIELD GOAL RANGE THERE.>>Chris: THEY DID. ADAM GRIFFITH. TERRIFIC STORY ON “COLLEGE GAMEDAY” THIS MORNING. WE URGE YOU TO SEEK IT OUT ON TWITTER. HE IS A TRUE SURVIVOR. BORN IN POLAND, LIVED IN AN ORPHANAGE AND THEN ADOPTED BY MICHELLE AND TOM GRIFFITH IN ALABAMA. FROM 44. ADAM HOOKED THAT ONE. VERY RELIABLE FOR MOST OF LAST SEASON, SO, DISAPPOINTMENT THERE, BUT PERSPECTIVE, NO DOUBT, GIVEN WHAT GRIFFITH HAS BEEN THROUGH. SO, THE TIDE, STILL UPFF WITH TD RUN. NUMBER 15 ARIZONA STATE TRAILING TEXAS A&M OVER ON ESPN. CHRIS, BACK TO YOU.>>Chris: THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT START FOR THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE, WHICH ENTERED THE SEASON WITH LOTS OF HYPE. PEOPLE SAYING THAT MAYBE IT HAD OVERTAKEN THE S.E.C. AS THE DEEPEST CONFERENCE. BADGERS FROM THE 26. FAKE IT AND STAVE’S PASS AGAIN BATTED DOWN AS THOSE BIG TIDE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. IT’S TOMLINSON IN THE MIX AGAIN.>>Kirk: HE’S GOT SOME HAND-EYE COORDINATION GOING ON DOWN THERE. SECOND TIME HE’S TIMED THAT UP PERFECTLY. 6’3″, 295 POUNDS. PART OF THAT ROTATION UP FRONT OF KEEPING THOSE BODIES FRESH.>>Chris: STAVE’S A 6’5″ QUARTERBACK. HE’S NOT A SHORT GUY. A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN THE MIDDLE. A LOT OF TRAFFIC. THE ALABAMA SIDELINES, KIRK, COOPER BATEMAN, THE SOPHOMORE FROM UTAH, IS WARMING UP. WE THOUGHT WE’D SEE HIM. HE’S ACTUALLY THE HOLDER AND OUR SPOTTER IN THE BOOTH GOING CRAZY BECAUSE HE THINKS THAT BATEMAN DIDN’T SPIN THE LACES AWAY FROM GRIFFITH. HE’S PUTTING THAT ON THE HOLDER, THE LAST MISS.>>Kirk: I THINK HE’S PRETTY ACCURATE. BATEMAN MAY GET OUT THERE.>>Chris: HE’S BEEN A VERY RELIABLE HOLDER, BUT HE’S WAITED TO PLAY QUARTERBACK.>>Kirk: REMEMBER, VOLTZ, THE CENTER, TRYING TO COMMUNICATE.>>Chris: ERICKSON HAD IT OFF HIS HANDS. WELL DEFENDED THERE BY FITZPATRICK. FOURTH DOWN. MINKAH FITZPATRICK, NEW JERSEY’S TOP PREP PLAYER, ONE OF THE TOP DB RECRUITS IN THE COUNTRY. HE’S JUST GOTTEN THE ATTENTION OF ALL THE VETS IN CAMP.>>Kirk: HE’S THE NEXT GREAT ONE. THEY HAVE HAD SOME GREAT CORNERS AND SAFETIES OVER THE YEARS. WATCHING HIM PLAY EVEN IN CAMP, I WENT TO ONE OF THEIR SCRIMMAGES AND HE WAS PROBABLY THE GUY THAT STOOD OUT THE MOST TO ME.>>Chris: WE’VE HAD SOME FUNKY PUNTS AND MISSED KICKS HERE. EXCELLENT COVERAGE, AS CYRUS JONES IS SPUN DOWN AT THE 33. THIS WEEK ON ESPN’S SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL, NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFF RACE HEATS UP. PIRATES FACE THE CARDINALS. YOU TALK BASEBALL, KIRK. YOU LOVE THE THEN NANT RACES.>>Kirk: I’M A NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL FAN. BASEBALL ENDED FOR ME AROUND THE MIDDLE OF MAY. IT’S BEEN A LONG SUMMER FOR ME AS A RED LEGS FAN.>>Chris: YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT BEING A ROCKIES FAN? ENDED BEFORE MAY, I THINK.>>Kirk: THEY CAN HIT THE BALL. THEY JUST CAN’T PITCH.>>Chris: THEY HAVE PART OF IT DOWN. WELL, COKER IS STILL GOING TO G IN AT QUARTERBACK. WONDER IF BATEMAN WAS JUST BEING OPTIMISTIC IN WARMING UP. MAYBE WE’LL SEE HIM. THE INTENT WAS TO PLAY QUARTERBACKS.>>Kirk: COKER REALLY HASN’T DONE ANYTHING TO MAKE YOU SAY, WELL, THEY HAVE TO GIVE THE OTHER GUY A SHOT. BUT AT SOME POINT, WOULDN’T SURPRISE ME TO SEE HIM GET OUT THERE.>>Chris: LITTLE POP PASS AND THIS IS DRAKE. BREAKS A TACKLE. GETS THE EDGE AND YOU CAN SEE THE EXPLOSIVE SKILLS OF KENYAN DRAKE. HE’S GOING TO BE MARKED OUT AT THE 47.>>Kirk: WATCH 74, THE LEFT TACKLE GET OUT FRONT AND LEAD THIS. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A GREAT LOOK AT IT, RIGHT THERE. HE’S 10, 15 YARDS DOWN FIELD. AND THAT’S A DIFFERENT FEEL. WE HAVE TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THAT.>>Chris: OH, MAN. ROAD GRATER.>>Kirk: HE WAS 20 YARDS DOWN FIELD.>>Chris: ORLANDO PACE-STYLE.>>Kirk: THAT’S WHAT IT REMINDED ME OF.>>Chris: HE’S GOING TO BE PL PLAYING SUNDAYS FOR A LONG TIME. JUST A FREAK. BORN TO PLAY LEFT TACKLE. FIRST DOWN, AS THE TIDE TRY TO CHEW SOME CLOCK. DRAKE IS GOING TO BE STOPPED FOR A LOSS, AS A FLAG COMES IN. COKER’S PLEADING HIS CASE.>>Kirk: JUST ABOUT TO BRAG ABOUT CAM ROBINSON AND HE ACTUALLY GRABBED A WISCONSIN DEFENDER AROUND THE NECK THAT TIME.>>Chris: IT IS HOLDING. WE PRAY THE BIG FELLA, YOU HAVE TO CALL THEIR NAME WHEN THEY GET CALLED FOR HOLDING, TOO.>>Referee: HOLDING, NUMBER 74, OFFENSE. TEN-YARD PENALTY. REPLAY FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: MAYBE HE WAS WINDED FROM GOING 20, 25 YARDS DOWN FIELD.>>Chris: IS THAT A NEW THING, WE PUT THEIR FACE AND NAME UP THERE FOR A PENALTY?>>Kirk: JUST GRABBED AHOLD OF HIM.>>Chris: COKER OVER THE MIDDLE. HOWARD THE TIGHT END RUNNING FREE AND DIVING FOR THE FIRST DOWN AT THE BADGER 40. THIS IS WHY HE’S SUCH A DANGEROUS WEAPON IN THE BAMA OFFENSE NOW.>>Kirk: WITHOUT MICHAEL CAPUTO, NOT JUST RUN SUPPORT, BUT IN HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEFENSE. BEHIND THE LINEBACKER IN FRONT OF THE SAFETY, AND HOWARD PICKS UP THE FIRST.>>Chris: NOW THE TIDE SHOWING TEMPO. COKER AGAIN. STEWART. ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. QUICKLY. THEY RECOVER FROM THE HOLDING PENT AND MOVE IT TO THE 25.>>Kirk: RIGHT NOW, WISCONSIN GETTING EXPOSED IN COVERAGE WITH THOSE TWO LINEBACKERS, EDWARDS AND JACOBS, CAPUTO NOT IN THERE TO HELP WITH COMMUNICATION. THEY’VE FOUND A WEAKNESS. THERE’S CAPUTO, WHO IS OUT PROBABLY WITH A CONCUSSION. HE HAD A BIG HIT EARLY IN THIS GAME. AN ALL-CONFERENCE SAFETY THAT’S BEEN OUT THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL GAME AND THE OTHER SAFETIES HAVE HAD TO TRY TO PICK UP THE SLACK. BULL RIGHT NOW, THEY’RE GOING AFTER THE SAFE TIES AND BACK ER.>>Chris: DRAKE MAKES A CUT, GETS THE EDGE. AND DIVES DOWN NEAR THE 12 AND THE TIDE CAN SMELL BLOOD. ANOTHER FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STYLE OF RUNNING BACK WHEN KENYAN DRAKE GETS HIS HANDS ON THE BALL. YOU GOT TO DEAL WITH THE POWER OF RUNNING DOWNHILL AND THEN KIND OF A SCAT BACK. WATCH THE VISION, THE JUMP CUT. LOOK HOW LOOSE HE IS. AND ABLE TO GET AROUND DEFENDERS WITH THAT GREAT VISION.>>Chris: COKER FLIPS IT INTO TRAFFIC AND THE PLAY NICELY BROKEN UP BY EDWARDS. ALABAMA OFFENSE, AS YOU POINTED OUT, KIRK, WITH SO MUCH TO REPLACE IN FROMRPLACE FROM LAST. BESIDES HENRY AND DRAKE, THE PLAY MAKERS ARE STILL THERE. IT’S UP TO KIFFIN TO FIND MISMATCHES AND USE THEM. HENRY. BREAKS A TACKLE. POWERS DOWN INSIDE THE 5. IT WILL BE FIRST AND GOAL.>>Kirk: THEY ARE MOVING BODIES ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND IT REALLY AFFECTS THE EYES OF THE DEFENSE. AND THEN, YOU’VE GOT TO DEAL WITH, BY THE TIME YOU FIGURE IT OUT, IT’S DERRICK HENRY RUNNING DOWNHILL RIGHT AT YOU AS A LINEBACKER.>>Chris: QUICKLY. IN THE PISTOL ON FIRST AND GOAL. HENRY AGAIN. LOOKING FOR THE HAT TRICK AND HE GETS IT. BAMA UP BY THREE SCORES.>>Kirk: HE’S BEEN DOING THIS ALL NIGHT. BUT WATCH THIS CENTER, BRIAN KELLY, PICK UP THE NOSE GUARD, WORK UP TO THE LINEBACKER, OPENS UP THE HOLE FOR DERRICK HENRY. RYAN KELLY’S HAD A GREAT NIGHT AS HE ALWAYS DOES FOR THIS ALABAMA OFFENSIVE LINE. THE ANCHOR AND THE LEADER OF THAT GROUP UP FRONT.>>Chris: KELLY TOLD ME, I GOT TO BE PERFECT. THAT’S HOW HE TAKES HIS JOB. AND MAYBE NOT PERFECT, BUT CLOSE TO IT TONIGHT, AS THAT TIDE O-LINE OPENING SOME CREASES AND NUMBER 2 MUSCLING IN FOR HIS THIRD TOUCHDOWN THIS EVENING.>>Chris: CELEBRATING ITS 11th YEAR SPONSORING THE FIELD GOAL NETS, ALLSTATE MAKES CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS. TO DATE, ALLSTATE HAS CONTRIBUTED MILLIONS IN SCHOLARSHIPS. NO FIELD GOALS TONIGHT. TWO MISSED. BUT A BUNCH OF TOUCHDOWNS FOR THE CRIMSON TIDE. THREE OF THEM BY DERRICK HENRY, THE JUNIOR OUT OF FLORIDA. THE GUY WHO RUSHED, YEAH, ONLY 4,621 HIS SENIOR YEAR OF HOOP. THAT’S IT. IN THE END ZONE. JAMERSON’S HAD NO SUCCESS AS A RETURNER. FINALLY IS GOING TO GET LOOSE. THIS IS THE BEST KICKOFF RETURN FOR EITHER TEAM TONIGHT. OUT ACROSS THE 30. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S A.P. RANKINGS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY GOODYEAR. OF COURSE, THE PRESEASON TOP TEN. OHIO STATE, A UNANIMOUS NUMBER ONE. THAT HAD BEEN UNHEARD OF. AND WE’LL SEE THEM IN TWO NIGHTS IN BLACKSBURG. ALABAMA CAME IN PRESEASON NUMBER THREE. EVEN WITH ALL THE QUESTION MARKS ON THIS OFFENSE, TCU ESCAPING AT MINNESOTA. BAYLOR GOT A BATTLE FOR AWHILE BEFORE PULLING AWAY AT SMU. KIRK, YOUR REACTION ON WHAT WE’VE SEEN FROM THE TOP TEN IN A MINUTE HERE. AS THE BADGERS NOW FACE SERIOUS URGENCY. 5:08 IN THE THIRD QUARTER. STAVE IS GOING TO LOOK DOWN FIELD. LOOPS THE BALL FOR WATT, BUT HE WAS WELL COVERED, TOO WELL COVERED, AS A FLAG COMES IN. SHAUN DION HAMILTON IN COVERAGE. BAMA CLAIMING IT WAS A PUSHOFF. SABAN ON THE FIELD TO PLEAD HIS CASE.>>Referee: PASS INTERFERENCE, DEFENSE, NUMBER 20. 15-YARD PENALTY.>>Chris: NICK DIDN’T WIN THAT ARGUMENT. ANOTHER LOOK.>>Kirk: HE’S UPSET. HE FEELS THAT WATT WAS ACTUALLY PUSHING BACK. THAT’S WHAT HE’S FIRED UP ABOUT.>>Chris: THIS IS A BIG 12 CREW AND SOME FANS OF THE BIG 12 BELIEVE THAT THEIR OFFICIATING CREWS ARE KIND OF PASS HAPPY, FOR PASS INTERFERENCE CALLS. THE NUMBERS DON’T REALLY BEAR THAT OUT. HAND IT TO TAIWAN DEAL. LOOKED AT ALL THE CONFERENCES, NOT A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF HOW THEY CALL PASS INTERFERENCE, HOW TIGHT IT IS.>>Kirk: AS FAR AS RUNNING THE FOOTBALL, THIS IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE FOR WISCONSIN WITH THE MOVEMENT UP FRONT. JUST NOWHERE TO GO. THIS HALF, THIS QUARTER ALONE, NEGATIVE THREE YARDS COMING INTO THIS DRIVE. FOR THE GAME, CHRIS, 17 YARDS RUSHING.>>Chris: SECOND DOWN THROW. SHORT AGAIN. WATT MAKES THE CATCH. BREAKS A TACKLE. TWO YARDS SHORT OF THE MARKER. IT WILL BE THIRD AND TWO.>>Kirk: IT’S HARD ENOUGH TO MOVE THIS BALL AGAINST THIS ALABAMA DEFENSE FOR WISCONSIN, BUT WHEN YOU GET DOWN LIKE THIS AND THEY KNOW WHAT’S COMING, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE SITTING OVER THERE AND THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT, OKAY, HOW CAN WE GET PRESSURE ON STAVE? THAT’S ALL THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT AND PAUL CHRYST KNOWS THAT. SO, IT NOT ABOUT JUST TRYING TO COMPLETE A PASS, IT’S ABOUT GETTING THE BALL OUT OF THE QUARTERBACK’S HANDS AS FAST AS YOU CAN AND EXECUTING.>>Chris: BADGERS GOT THE BALL TO BEGIN THE QUARTER DOWN ONLY SEVEN. THEY’VE HAD FIVE TOTAL YARDS OFFENSE IN THE QUARTER. THEY NEED TWO HERE. OGUNBOWALE IS THE BACK. FAKE IT TO HIM. CONFUSION. NEARLY A COLLISION. NOW HE COLLECTS THE SHORT PASS AND HE’S INSIDE THE 40. NEARLY KNOCKED INTO HIS QUARTERBACK.>>Kirk: THE QUARTERBACK, I THINK, WANTED TO MAYBE GET AROUND THE EDGE. BUMPS INTO HIM. HE WANTED TO GET OUTSIDE OF IT, BUT HE’S STILL ABLE TO REGAIN HIS BALANCE AND GET THE BALL OUT INTO THE FLAT. HE ALSO HAD ERICKSON DOWN FIELD. ABOUT THE ONLY CONSISTENT SUCCESS THEY’VE HAD IS THE BACKS UP AGAINST THE LINEBACKERS IN MAN COVERAGE.>>Chris: AND EVEN THEN, THEY HAVEN’T REALLY HAD BIG GAINS.>>Kirk: NO, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A FOUR, FIVE-YARD GAIN.>>Chris: PLAY ACTION ON FIRST. THEY FLIP IT SHORT, AND IT’S WATT. ANOTHER VERY SHORT GAIN. THEY JUST CLOSE IT DOWN QUICKLY. THAT’S HUMPHREY, A CORNER ON THE FU FULLBACK.>>Kirk: WITHOUT SOMEBODY THAT CAN GET DOWN FIELD AND THEY HOPE AS THE YEAR PROGRESSES THAT MAYBE TANNER McAVOY CAN BECOME THAT GUY, BUT WE’VE NOT SEEN MUCH OF AN OPPORTUNITY AT ALL TONIGHT AGAINST THIS ALABAMA SECONDARY AND BECAUSE OF THAT, IT JUST MAKINGS IT SO MUCH EASIER FOR BAMA’S DEFENSE TO FOCUS ON THOSE UNDERNEATH ROUTES. YOU MIGHT CATCH IT, BUT YOU’RE GOING TO GAIN TWO, THREE, FOUR YARDS.>>Chris: I’M SURPRISED McAVOY HASN’T HAD AN IMPACT. WE THOUGHT WE’D SEE HIM USED AS A WEAPON TONIGHT. STAVE FIRES ACROSS THE MIDDLE. CATCH MADE, IT’S A FIRST DOWN INSIDE THE 25 YARD LINE, AS THEY GET IT TO TRAYLOR, THE TIGHT END. THAT’S HIS THIRD CATCH.>>Kirk: THAT TIME THE LINEBACKERS CLEARED OUT. REGGIE RAGLAND AND THE ALABAMA LINEBACKERS TOOK ALL THOSE ROUTES AND IT OPENED IT UP AND HE HAD ENOUGH TIME THAT TIME TO GET THE BALL THROWN BEHIND THEM TO THE TIGHT END TRAYLOR.>>Chris: SO A DRIVE THAT FOR THE BADGERS ALMOST HAS TO RESULT IN SEVEN POINTS, THEY MOVE THE CHAINS. STAVE STRAIGHT BACK AGAIN, A VERY SHORT FLIP TO OGUNBOWALE. THEY’VE DONE THAT SO OFTEN, AS YOU POINTED OUT, ON FIRST DOWN, GET FOUR, FIVE YARDS WITH THE SHORT PASS.>>Kirk: YEAH. BAMA’S GOING TO BECOME A DIFFERENT DEFENSE. YOU SEE THE CHANGES THAT THEY MAKE RIGHT NOW. YOU GET INSIDE THAT RED ZONE AND YOU’RE GOING TO START TO SEE MORE AND MORE DEFENSIVE BACKS IN THE GAME.>>Chris: TALK ABOUT A DEFENSE THAT WAS EMBARRASSED BY OHIO STATE. THE BUCKEYES RAN FOR 281 IN THE SUGAR BOWL. WISCONSIN TONIGHT HAS 17 RUSHING YARDS. STAVE. SOME MISCOMMUNICATION. THE TIGHT END HADN’T TURNED AROUND AND EDDIE JACKSON WAS IN TIGHT COVERAGE. SO, IT’S THIRD DOWN.>>Kirk: THEY BROUGHT THE TWO INSIDE LINEBACKERS. FIRST TIME WE’VE SEEN THE BIG GUY, A’SHAWN ROBINSON GET PRESSURE. 86. TWO LINEBACKERS COMING UP THE MIDDLE. YOU SEE ROBINSON, RIGHT HERE, THE BIG GUY, 86, WHO GETS THE MOST RECOGNITION OF ANY OF THE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. THESE RECEIVERS, AGAIN, HE DOESN’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO HOLD ONTO THAT FOOTBALL. YOU BETTER GET YOUR HEAD TURNED AROUND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN.>>Chris: TIDE HAVE TWO SACKS BUT THEY HAVE GBEGUN GETTING CONSISTENT PRESSURE ON STAVE. SHOWING A BLITZ LOOK ON THIRD AND SIX. HERE THEY COME AGAIN. GETS IT AWAY. ONE-ON-ONE COVERAGE ON THE OUTSIDE AND AGAIN CAN’T GET IT TO McAVOY, BECAUSE CYRUS JONES WAS ALL OVER HIM.>>Kirk: HE WANTED TO THROW THAT AS A BACK SHOULDER FADE. WHEN THE RECEIVER KNOWS THE BALL IS COMING, WATCH THE EYES OF McAVOY, THE RECEIVER, HE’S WAITING FOR THE BALL TO BE THROWN. HE THREW IT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD AND MADE IT EASY FOR JONES TO JUST KNOCK THE BALL AWAY.>>Chris: SO, A FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT. RAFAEL RAFAEL. THIS IS FROM 38. AND A WHISTLE BEFORE THE SNAP.>>Referee: FALSE START, NUMBER 76, OFFENSE. FIVE-YARD PENALTY. FOURTH DOWN.>>Chris: SO NOW BACK THEM UP FIVE AND MAKE IT A LONGER FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT. YOU LIKE THE CALL THAT CHRYST IS GOING FOR A FIELD GOAL JUST TO CUT IT TO 18? THEY WOULD HAVE NEEDED SIX YARDS ON FOURTH DOWN THERE.>>Kirk: IT’S EASY TO SIT UP HERE AND SAY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU NEED THREE TOUCHDOWNS, GETTING LATE IN THIS GAME. YOU WONDER IF IT’S JUST ABOUT THIS GAME OR IS IT ABOUT TRYING AT WEEK ONE TRYING TO CONTINUE TO JUST GROW AS A TEAM AND KIND OF ESTABLISH SOME CONFIDENCE. BUT I PERSONALLY WOULD GO FOR IT.>>Chris: NOW IT’S A 43-YARDER AND — JUST SLIDES IT THROUGH. SO, WITH 1:05 TO GO IN THE THIRD QUARTER, THE BADGERS DO GET THREE, BUT THEY’VE GOT TO GET A FEW SERVICE BREAKS. THEY HAVE TO GET THAT BAMA OFFENSE OFF THE FIELD.>>Kirk: IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE TONIGHT TO ME BY ALABAMA. THIS IS A TEAM THAT CAME IN AND HAD A LOT OF QUESTION MARKS ON OFFENSE AND UP TO THIS POINT, JAKE COKER HAS PLAYED FLAWLESSLY. NOT TURNING THE FOOTBALL OVER. MAKING GOOD DECISIONS. HAS BEEN PATIENT IN THE PASSING GAME. YOU COMBINE THAT WITH THE PHYSICAL RUNNING OF DERRICK HENRY, KENYAN DRAKE COMING IN TO KIND OF GIVE YOU A LITTLE SPARK, A LITTLE SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. WE WONDERED WHO WOULD REPLAY AMARI COOPER WHO WAS GOING TO REPLACE BLAKE SIMS? WELL, TONIGHT AGAINST A PRETTY GOOD WISCONSIN DEFENSE, THEY’VE REALLY SETTLED IN AND LANE KIFFIN’S PUT TOGETHER A GREAT GAME PLAN.>>Chris: COKER, AGAIN, THE ONLY QUARTERBACK IN THAT FIVE-MAN COMPETITION THAT HAD ANY EXPERIENCE IN A GAME. YOU KNOW, CAME FROM FLORIDA STATE, TRANSFERRING WITH A LOT OF EXPECTATIONS, THAT HE COULD PERHAPS BEAT OUT BLAKE SIMS A YEAR AGO. DIDN’T HAPPEN. IT’S BEEN INTERESTING. IF THIS GUY HAD PLAYED LIKE THIS, FRANKLY, IN SCRIMMAGES AND TAKEN CARE OF THE BALL AND MADE SOUND DECISIONS, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN NAMED THE STARTER PROBABLY IN SPRING. THERE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THIS QUARTERBACK DEBATE. BUT WITH THE LIGHTS ON TONIGHT, HE’S DONE SOME GOOD THINGS.>>Kirk: HE’S TAKEN A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE THING WITH HIM IS, YOU WOULD WATCH HIM IN PRACTICE, EVEN AT FLORIDA STATE AND YOU’D BE BLOWN AWAY BY HOW BIG AN ARM HE HAD AND HOW BIG HE WAS AND THIS IS A FIRST TIME WE’VE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE HIM IN A GAME AND PLAY THE WAY HE HAS.>>Chris: DRAKE FROM EIGHT YARDS DEEP WILL TAKE A KNEE.>>Kirk: LET’S LOOK AT TONIGHT’S ALLSTATE GOOD HANDS PLAY OF THE GAME TONIGHT. YOU HAVE TO GIVE RYAN KELLY A LOT OF CREDIT. I LOVE TO SEE HIM USE THOSE HANDS. NOSE GUARD AND THEN UP TO THE LINEBACKER. LAST TOUCHDOWN, SAME THING. WORK THE NOSE, CLIMB TO THE SECOND LEVEL. GET THAT LINEBACKER OUT OF THE W WAY. THE EXPERIENCE THAT HE BRINGS TO THE TABLE AND KNOWING EVERY TIME, YOU SAID HE’S A PERFECTIONIST, THE GUY THAT GETS TO HAVE THE REWARDS, NOT JUST KELLY BUT HENRY.>>Chris: HE GOT HURT AGAINST OLE MISS AND THEY STRUGGLED TO RUN THE BALL WHEN HE WASN’T IN THERE LAST YEAR. AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO SEE COOPER BATEMAN. HE’S A SENIOR. MURRAY, UTAH. HE’S GOING TO GET HIS FIRST LOOK. HIS FIRST COLLEGE SNAP FOR THE GUY THAT WAS VERY MUCH IN COMPETITION FOR THE STARTING JOB. HE’S GOING TO GET A CHANCE — WELL, HE’S GOING TO PULL IT DOWN. CAN YOU SEE THE ELEMENT THAT HE BRINGS IN THE GAME. HE’S GOT A LITTLE BURST AS A RUNNER.>>Kirk: THIS IS NOT JUST MOPUP DUTY. UP 28-10, STILL IN THE THIRD QUARTER, CHRIS. COKER’S LOOKED GREAT. WHAT’S THE BEST THING COOP ER BATEMAN CAN DO? HE NEEDS TO COME IN AND ALSO PERFORM WELL TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN THIS RACE AND NOT LET COKER RUN AWAY WITH IT.>>Chris: EXACTLY. THIS TIME THEY GAVEIVE IT TO DR. BATEMAN COMES FROM COTTON WOOD HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH IS THE ALMA MATER OF GARY ANDERSON, OF COURSE, WHO COACHED THE BADGERS THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND TOOK OFF FOR OREGON STATE. GOOD SPORTS PROGRAM OUT IN UTAH.>>Kirk: YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A DIFFERENT ATTACK WITH COOPER BATEMAN, BECAUSE OF THE MOBILITY THAT CHRIS AND I HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT TONIGHT. THEY’LL GET HIM ON THE EDGE. THEY’LL MOVE HIM, ROLL HIM TO THE RIGHT, ROLL HIM TO THE RIGHT. HE CAN PULL IT DOWN AND TAKE OFF, BUT HE CAN ALSO HIT THOSE LEVEL RUFTS ROUTES.>>Chris: BATEMAN HAS DONE THE BETTER JOB IN RUNNING THE TWO-MINUTE DRILL. SEEMS TO BE THE QUARTERBACK THAT IS MORE COMFORTABLE RUNNING TEMPO, AT LEAST IN THE SCRIMMAGES. SO, THAT WILL BE THE END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, A SUCCESSFUL QUARTER FOR THE TIDE, AS THEY PUT A COUPLE OF TOUCHDOWNS ON THE BOARD. AND EXTEND IT TO AN 18-POINT LEAD. END OF THREE IN ARLINGTON. BACK FOR THE FOURTH AFTER THIS MESSAGE AND A WORD FROM YOUR LO>>Chris: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO. EQUAL TIME FOR THE SOUNDTRACK HERE BEFORE THE FOURTH QUARTER. SWEET HOME ALABAMA PLAYED FIRST AND NOW THEY’RE PLAYING JUMP AROUND, WHICH IS THE BADGERS THIRD QUARTER ANTHEM. I DON’T SEE QUITE THE SAME ENTHUSIASM FROM THE FOLKS IN BRIGHT RED THAT WE SEE AT A HOME GAME. BADGERS WERE UNBEATEN AT HOME LAST YEAR, BUT JUST 4-3 AWAY FROM CAMP RANDALL. IN AN 18-POINT HOLE, AS WE START THE FINAL QUARTER. AND ALABAMA GOING WITH COOPER BATEMAN HERE AS HE CONTINUES HIS FIRST SERIES AND HANDS OFF INSIDE AND DRAKE TOOK A HUGE POP AND GOT KNOCKED BACKWARDS. RAN INTO SOMETHING VERY STURDY IN THE MIDDLE.>>Kirk: IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN HIS OWN MAN, RYAN KELLY.>>Chris: I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT.>>Kirk: I THINK HE GOT PUSHED BACK BY THE DEFENSIVE LINE. AND KELLY’S BEEN WEARING OUT WISCONSIN’S DEFENSE. THIS TIME, HE WEARS OUT HIS OWN RUNNING BACK. HE’S ALL OVER THE FIELD.>>Chris: SEE IF THEY GIVE BATEMAN A CHANCE TO THROW HIS FIRST PASS. BADGERS SHOW PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE. ZANE READ. AND HOWARD WITH A STIFF ARM AND A SHORT GAIN, SCHOBERT SHOVED HIM OUT. IT WILL BE THIRD DOWN.>>Kirk: AGAIN, YOU CAN JUST FEEL THE DIFFERENCE IN BATEMAN. HIS FOOTWORK, THE WAY HE CAN GET OFF THE EDGE. PUTS A WHOLE DIFFERENT PRESSURE ON A DEFENSE THAT’S BEEN DEALING WITH COKER FOR THE MOST PART IN THE POCKET. AND, AGAIN, WE TALKED A LOT TONIGHT. COKER’S HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS, BUT IT’S A DIFFERENT WAY OF ATTACKING FOR LANE KIFFIN. LET’S SEE — >>Chris: DO YOU THINK HE’S BOTHERED THAT HE’S NOT STILL IN THE GAME?>>Kirk: I DON’T THINK SO.>>Chris: IF HE IS, HE BETTER NOT SHOW IT. BATEMAN FIRES. NICE CATCH BY CALVIN RIDLEY, THE TALENTED FRESHMAN RECEIVER, FIRST DOWN IN WISCONSIN TERRITORY.>>Kirk: BETWEEN ARDARUIS STEWART, ROBERT FOSTER AND CALVIN RIDLEY, THESE ARE THE RECEIVERS THAT AS THEY GAIN MORE AND MORE EXPERIENCE, THESE ARE THE GUYS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THAT NEXT STEP AND BECOME BIG-TIME PLAY MAKERS OFF THE EDGE.>>Chris: RIDLEY, ONE OF THE TOP RECEIVER PROSPECTS IN THE COUNTRY. BATEMAN FIRES FAR SIDE. ANOTHER FLAG COMES IN LATE. MOVING THE CHAINS. THIS IS GOING TO BE ON THE BADGERS. THEY JUST PICK IT UP?>>Kirk: YEAH, I THINK THEY PICKED IT UP. YEAH, HE GOT THAT BALL OUT AND THAT’S, AGAIN, BUILT INTO THE PACKAGE, WHERE IF THEY FEEL LIKE THEY’VE GOT A MATCH-UP AND THAT SPREAD LOOK, LANE KIFFIN INSTRUCTS HIS QUARTERBACKS, IF YOU HAVE A BLOCKER FOR THE OTHER RECEIVER, GO OUT THERE AND THROW THE FOOTBALL AND JUST GIVE HIM A CHANCE. AMARI COOPER MADE A LIVING ON THAT LAST YEAR WITH BLAKE SIMS.>>Chris: ANOTHER TRUE FRESHMAN, HARRIS, FIVE-STAR RECRUIT FROM KENTUCKY AND THE ALABAMA TEAM WILL TAKE A TIME-OUT. THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION IN THE HUDDLE. SO, THE FIRST DRIVE OF COOPER BATEMAN’S COLLEGE CAREER>>Chris: BAMA’S LAST SIX SEASONS. THEY WON THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE FOUR YEARS, 2009 TO 2012. BUT IN 2013 AND THEN AGAIN LAST YEAR, LOST A COUPLE OF GAMES LATE. AND THEY DIDN’T FINISH, IN THEIR OWN WORDS. OF COURSE, RUN OVER BY OHIO STATE DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS. THEY FACED 107 MORE SNAPS ON DEFENSE, SABAN TOLD ME, THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. AND THE DEFENSE, HE THOUGHT, SORT OF WORE DOWN LATE. THAT’S LIKE PLAYING TWO EXTRA GAMES. TONIGHT, THAT DEFENSE HAS NOT BEEN ON THE FIELD MUCH. AND BATEMAN THROWS COMPLETE. RIDLEY KNOCKED OUT OF BOUNDS. TIDE FANS HOPING THEY SEE BATEMAN TO RIDLEY A LOT IN THE YEARS TO COME.>>Kirk: AGAIN, BATEMAN, PLAY ACTION, GET HIM ON THE CORNER. GET HIM ON THE EDGE AWAY FROM SOME OF THAT PRESSURE. DIFFERENT LOOK. THIS IS WHERE LANE KIFFIN BRINGS THE FORMATION IN. EVERYBODY WAS IN TIGHT AND IT ALLOWS HIM WITH THE PLAY ACTION AND THE BOOTLEG TO GET OUT WIDE. THIS IS KIND OF A STAPLE IN A LANE KIFFIN OFFENSE, WHETHER AT USC OR ANYWHERE HE HAS BEEN. THAT TIME, NICE JOB GETTING OUTSIDE AWAY FROM THE PRESSURE AND THEN THE THROW. YOU CAN SEE WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT COOPER BATEMAN.>>Chris: HIGH PERCENTAGE THROWS, KIRK, BUT HE’S 4 FOR 4 TO START HIS CAREER. THIS IS RIDLEY IN MOTION. TRY TO SEE WHAT THE FRESHMAN CAN DO IN A GAME. HE’S OBVIOUSLY IMPRESSED ON THE PRACTICE FIELD.>>Kirk: SPEAKING OF FRESHMEN. DAMIAN HARRIS, WHO THE COACHES REALLY, REALLY LIKE, 34, HAS HAD A GREAT CAMP. HE’S NOW IN THE GAME, AS WELL. AND I THINK, BASED ON WHAT I SAW OF HIM IN A SCRIMMAGE, AS THIS SEASON GOES ON, AS GOOD AS HENRY AND DRAKE ARE, DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HARRIS. I THINK HE COULD BECOME A REAL PLAYER, THOUGH HE’S A TRUE FRESHMAN, IN THIS OFFENSE, AND SOMEWHERE FIT INTO THE ROTATION.>>Chris: A RUNNING BACK THAT URBAN MEYER REALLY WANTED FOR OHIO STATE. THEY TACKLE HIM FOR A SHORT GAIN. AND WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF THE YOUNG GUYS FOR ALABAMA WHO ARE PART OF THESE HIGHLY TOUTED RECRUITING GLASSES GET SOME GAME ACTION WITH THE LEAD AT 18. THIRD AND SEVEN. DRAKE REPLACING HARRIS. HARRIS HAD A KNEE INJURY HIS SENIOR YEAR, BUT A VERY PRODUCTIVE CAREER ONE OF THE TOP RUNNING BACK RECRUITS COMING OUT.>>Kirk: HE’S PROBABLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REGULAR SEASON, GETTING AWAY FROM THAT FRONT SEVEN.>>Chris: BEATATEMAN LOOKING FO DRAKE.>>Kirk: THAT WAS A WHEEL ROUTE, CHRIS. AND JOE SCHOBERT RAN WITH HIM AND COMPLETELY TOOK DRAKE OUT OF THE PLAY. AND COOPER BATEMAN LOCKED IN ON HIM. IT WAS EITHER GOING TO BE THROW IT THERE AND TAKE OFF AND RUN. THERE WAS JUST NOT ANOTHER OPTION FOR BATEMAN. SO, GOOD COVERAGE BY SCHOBERT.>>Chris: SO, BATEMAN MOVES THE TEAM 53 YARDS IN TEN PLAYS AND STAYS IN AS THE OLDER NOW FOR ADAM GRIFFITH. MISSED FROM 44 EARLIER. THIS FROM 39. PLAY CLOCK IS AT TWO AS THEY GET IT DOWN. HE MISSED THE FIRST ONE LEFT. THIS ONE IS JUST WIDE RIGHT. SO, ADAM GRIFFITH, WHO MADE HIS FIRST SEVEN KICKS A YEAR AGO BEFORE HE GOT HURT AND HAD A SLUMP, MISSES HIS FIRST TWO OF THIS SEASON.>>Chris: OUR DR. PEPPER CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE GAME OF THE WEEK. THE LEAD IS STILL 28-10 FOR BAMA. WE HAVE FOLKS IN A LOT OF HOUNDSTOOTH ON ONE SIDE, SAW THE RED AND WHITE STRIPE OVERALLS OVER ON THE WISCONSIN SIDE. ONLY THE SECOND MEETING BETWEEN THESE TWO SCHOOLS. THE FIRST, 87 YEARS AGO IN MADISON. THAT WAS A BADGERS 15-0 SHUTOUT. STAVE. WANTED TO LOOK DOWN FIELD. NOW FLIPS IT OVER THE MIDDLE, A LOW THROW AND IT BOUNCED BEFORE IT GOT TO THE RECEIVER THERE. DALVIN TOMLINSON WAS IN THERE PRESSURING.>>Kirk: ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALWAYS LOOK AT WITH BIG-TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS PEOPLE LOVE TO ARGUE, THE S.E.C., THE PAC-12, THE BIG TEN AND REALLY ALL YOU HAVE TO GO BY IS THE POSTSEASON AND THE NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULES THAT THESE TEAMS PLAY AND WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW EVERYTHING TALLIES UP AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, BUT THIS IS A BIG TEN/S.E.C. MATCH-UP. WE SAW SOME OF THAT IN THE POSTSEASON LAST YEAR WHEN WISCONSIN PLAYED WELL AGAINST AUBURN AND OHIO STATE PLAYED WELL AGAINST ALABAMA, BUT TONIGHT, ALABAMA SENDING A PRETTY GOOD MESSAGE TO A TEAM THAT MANY PEOPLE THINK WILL GET TO INDY.>>Chris: STAVE HIT AND HAMMERED. PRESSURE FROM THE FRESHMAN CORNER MINKAH FITZPATRICK AND THEN THE BIG FELLAS CLEANED IT UP.>>Kirk: THEY DO A GOOD JOB OF BRINGING THE PRESSURE OFF FROM THE RIGHT. I’M TELLING YOU, THIS GUY IS GOING TO BE A SUPERSTAR, THE NEXT GREAT CORNER. THEY’VE GOT HIM PLAYING NICKEL NOW, BECAUSE OF THIS. HE’S PHYSICAL FOR A TRUE FRESHMAN. 6’1″, ABOUT 195 POUNDS OUT OF NEW JERSEY. WENT DOWN TO TUSCALOOSA. THEY SAY HE’S A STUDENT OF THE GAME. HE’S NOT JUST PHYSICALLY GIFTED. HE WANTS TO LEARN EVERYTHING THAT MEL TUCKER WHO IS NOW COACHING THE SECONDARY, HAS TO OFFER.>>Chris: MEL TUCKER, THE BEARS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE NFL. THIRD AND 21. THE TIDE RUSH FOUR BUT STILL GET IN STAVE’S FACE. THEY ARE TEEING OFF ON THE QUARTERBACK NOW. REGGIE RAGLAND CAME IN AND 252 POUNDER HAMMERED THE QUARTERBACK. THERE’S A SFLAG. IT’S BAG IN THE — >>Referee: PERSONAL FOUL, CHOP BLOCK, NUMBER 23, OFFENSE. PENALTY IS DECLINED. IT’S FOURTH DOWN.>>Kirk: YOU’RE JOEL STAVE, YOU’RE LOOKING OUT. THEY’RE RUSHING FOUR. YOU GOT A CHOP BLOCK, RIGHT CHRIS? AND THERE’S NOBODY GETTING SEPARATION. THERE’S NOBODY OPEN. THE YOU’RE LOOKING AT CRIMSON JERSEYS AND THEN HE GETS DRILLED BY REGGIE RAGLAND. DESPITE THE CHOP BLOCK. RAGLAND — >>Chris: PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN. LOOKS LIKE IT.>>Kirk: THEY GET YOU TO THIRD DOWN, PUTS HIS HAPPENED DOWN AS A RUSH GUY, A DEFENSIVE EN. SHOULD HAVE A HUGE YEAR.>>Chris: THAT PUNT IS TAKEN IN PLUS TERRITORY. AND CYRUS JONES TRYING TO CREATE SOME SPACE AND GET WIDE. COULDN’T QUITE BREAK THE TACKLE THERE ON THE EDGE, BUT SETS ALABAMA UP AT THE 42. NOW A VERY LATE FLAG FLYING IN. IT WAS AFTER THE PLAY WAS DEAD. AND BACK JUDGE THREW IT.>>Kirk: THAT WAS REALLY LATE.>>Chris: RAGLAND TOLD ME HE WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS KIND OF GAME.>>Referee: AFTER THE PLAY WAS OVER, UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT, NUMBER 14 OF THE KICKING TEAM. 15-YARD PENALTY. FIRST DOWN, ALABAMA. TIME-OUT.>>Chris: BECAUSE IT’S A PHYSICAL TEST THAT WISCONSIN PROVIDES. HE PREFERS THIS TO THOSE SPREAD>>Chris: GONE FROM DAYLIGHT TO NIGHT LIGHT. THE FOODGOODYEAR BLIMP. EVERYTHING GOODYEAR HAS LEARNED MAKING TIRES THAT GO THE DISTANCE INSPIRES WHAT THEY ROLL INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR, MORE DRIVEN. THE OFFICIAL AERIAL PROVIDER OF SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. BEGIN TO REFLECT ON SOME BIG PICTURE STUFF. JUST WHAT THE OPENING SATURDAY AND OPENING WEEKEND SO FAR OF THE SEASON HAS MEANT. ALABAMA AFTER THAT PENALTY, THE DEAD BALL FOUL AFTER THE PUNT, HAS THE BALL AT THE 27 YARD LINE, TRYING TO BUILD ON THE LEAD. SECOND POSSESSION FOR COOPER BATEMAN. NICE DRIVE THE FIRST TIME BUT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT JUST MISSED. THEY FAKE IT TO HARRIS. AND NOW FLIP IT TO HIM BUT THE THROW IS BEHIND HIM. HE HAD TO TURN AROUND AND THAT KIND OF DISRUPTED EVERYTHING. DOWN, NO FUMBLE. HARRIS TACKLED AT THE 31.>>Kirk: THIS IS AN AREA WHERE COOPER BATEMAN WILL EVENTUALLY BE ABLE TO GROW. HE’S GOT A RECEIVER COMING RIGHT OVER THE MIDDLE. OF THE COVERAGE AND HE GETS BACK AND HE’S LOOKING LEFT AND HE COMES OFF OF HIM TOO EARLY. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT HERE, YOU MAKE THAT THROW RIGHT THERE, YOU’VE GOT A BIG GAIN. HE JUST CAME OFF OF HIM A LITTLE BIT TOO QUICKLY. GOT A COUPLE WHITE JERSEYS OUT THERE. THAT’S JUST A MISREAD. AND THEN, AGAIN, BEING YOUNG. HE’LL GO BACK AND LEARN FROM THE FILM AND LEARN FROM THAT.>>Chris: HARRIS. A FLAG COMES IN AS HE’S KNOCKED DOWN AT THE 30.>>Kirk: HONESTLY, I THINK THAT’S AN EXAMPLE OF WHY COKER PROBABLY GOT THE EDGE. BATEMAN IS MAKING GOOD PLAYS SO FAR, BUT LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT THAT COKER, THE EXPERIENCE THROUGHOUT CAMP, SO, WHEN IT’S THAT SMALL OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COKER AND BATEMAN, YOU NEED TO GET HIM OUT IN A GAME TO SEE HOW THEY’RE GOING TO PERFORM AND BOY COKER HAS REALLY, REALLY STEPPED UP TONIGHT. AND SHOWN THE COACHES WHAT HE CAN DO.>>Chris: LATE LOCAL NEWS COMING UP NEXT EXCEPT ON THE WEST COAST. ESPN “SPORTSCENTER” WILL HAVE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BUSY DAY. THIRD HOLDING PENALTY ON THE TIDE. THAT’S SOMETHING THEY WILL NOT BE PLEASED ABOUT WHEN THEY LOOK AT THE TAPE. BATEMAN ON SECOND AND VERY LONG TAKES OFF AND SCAM PERSONS OUT AT THE 40. NO TURNOVERS TONIGHT FOR EITHER TEAM, BUT IT’S GOTTEN A LITTLE SLOPPY HERE AFTER HALFTIME. THERE’S SO MUCH TALK COMING INTO THIS GAME ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK POSITION AND, YOU KNOW, IN ALABAMA, THERE’S A LOT OF FOLKS THAT TRY TO READ THE TEA LEAVES AND GET A PEEK AT EVERY PRACTICE AND DRAW CONCLUSIONS AND SABAN WAS VERY SECRETIVE. THEY DON’T RELEASE, REALLY, THE STATS OF THE SCRIMMAGES, KIRK, THEY DIDN’T ALLOW NIECE OF THESE GUYS TO DO ANY INTERVIEWS BEFORE THE OPENER. THEY’LL STILL BE MORE CONVERSATION, BUT YOU GOT TO BELIEVE THAT COKER — >>Kirk: IT WILL QUIET DOWN.>>Chris: COKER’S ESTABLISHED HIMSELF.>>Chris: YEAH. DRAKE SPINS FREE. KENYAN DRAKE HAS ROOM. GETS A BLOCK ON THE EDGE AND TIGHT ROPES FOR A TOUCHDOWN!>>Kirk: WE TALK ABOUT DRAKE AND HOW HE’S GOT A BURST. AND HE’S DANGEROUS IN THE OPEN FIELD. BUT YOU KNOW HOW THAT PLAY STARTED? HE WAS WRAPPED UP. HERE, HE SHOWS AN ABILITY TO GET — LOOK AT THAT, RIGHT THERE. HE’S DOWN. BUT HE DOESN’T GIVE UP ON THE PLAY. RUNS THROUGH THE ARM TACKLE AND THIS IS WHAT HE’S KNOWN FOR. HE STAYS INBOUNDS, BUT THE ACCELERATION DOWN THAT SIDELINE, HE IS BEAUTIFUL OUT IN SPACE.>>Chris: THAT CAME ON A THIRD AND 26. THEY GET A 46-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN. SO, AFTER DERRICK HENRY SCORES THREE TIMES, HIS BACKFIELD MEAT, THE SENIOR, KENYAN DRAKE JOINS THE PARTY AND THE>>Chris: WE’VE SEEN ONE PRESEASON PLAYOFF CONTENDER TONIGHT IN ALABAMA. OHIO STATE, THE UNANIMOUS NUMBER ONE IN THE PRESEASON POLLS, VISITING VIRGINIA TECH WITH JOEY B BOSA AND NOAH BROWN, THE RECEIVER, WHO WAS INJURED IN PRACTICE, SO, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW URBAN MEYER USES THE QUARTERBACKS. THERE WAS A SCARE WITH CARDALE JONES GOING TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF A SEVERE HEADACHE OVERNIGHT AND RELEASED. THEY SAY HE’S OKAY. BUT THERE’S SOME INTERESTING ISSUES GOING INTO THAT GAME MONDAY NIGHT. HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US. JAMERSON, TOO DEEP TO BRING OUT.>>Kirk: LET’S LOOK AT OUR PACIFIC LIFE GAME SUMMARY. ITS BEEN ONE-SIDED, IN THE SECOND HALF, WHERE ALABAMA HAS PULLED AWAY. IT’S BEEN A BIG SHOW TONIGHT BY THE RUNNING BACK, DERRICK HENRY. A CAREER NIGHT. 13 CARRIES, 147 YARDS. THAT’S AVERAGING 11 YARDS A CARRY. AND THREE TOUCHDOWNS, A COUPLE LONG ONES. AND HOW ABOUT THE BAMA DEFENSE. ALLOWED EIGHT RUSHING YARDS AGAINST A WISCONSIN TEAM, WITH THREE SACKS. THEY HAVE PINNED THEIR EARS BACK IN THE SECOND HALF AND MADE LIFE MISERABLE ON THIS WISCONSIN OFFENSE.>>Chris: BADGERS, KIRK, JUST 20 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE AFTER HALFTIME. AND BAMA’S OUTSCORED THEM 21-3 AFTER THE BREAK. ERICKSON COMES IN MOTION. THEY HAND IT TO THEM. CAN HE GET THE EDGE? YEAH. ERICKSON SHOWING THE SPEED, FINALLY MUSCLED OUT NEAR MIDFIELD. HEATHER?>>Heather: HEY, CHRIS. YOU MENTIONED THAT WE HAVEN’T SEEN MUCH OF COREY CLEMENT. THE REASON WHY? THE RUNNING BACK FOR WISCONSIN HAS A LEFT GROIN PULL. DOUBTFUL RETURN, WHICH IS DEFINITELY FRUSTRATING FOR A PLAYER THAT’S BEEN BATTLING AN AB STRAIN AS CHAMPING AT THE BIT TO MOVE FROM MELVIN GORDON’S BACKUP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT THIS YEAR. HE’LL HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT LONGER.>>Chris: THAT IS A DISAPPOINTMENT. HE WAS FIGHTING THROUGH SOME PAIN IN THE ABODOMINAL SITUATIO THAT HE HAD AN MRI FOR. NOW A GROIN, WHICH YOU HOPE ISN’T A LINGERING PROBLEM. THE LSU GAME A YEAR AGO, GORDAN HAD TO LEFT THE GAME WITH AN INJURY. THEY USE A WIDE RECEIVER, KIRK, TO GET A 25-YARD RUN. BY FAR THEIR LONGEST OF THE NIGHT.>>Kirk: I HAPPENED TO LOOK DOWN AND WATCHED NICK SABAN AFTER THAT LONG RUN, AS HEATHER WAS GIVING HER REPORT AND HE WAS, NEEDLESS TO SAY, PRETTY FIRED UP WITH HIS SECONDARY FOR NOT SEALING THAT EDGE AND ALLOWING ERICKSON TO GET TO THE OUTSIDE. YOU KNOW, NICK — SOMETIMES HE’S TOUGHER IN THESE KIND OF GAMES, COACHING WHEN HE’S UP BY 25 WITH SEVEN MINUTES TO GO, THAN THE GAMES THAT ARE CLOSE.>>Chris: THAT’S A GREAT POINT. HE WILL NEVER STOP COACHING. DEAL. WORKING THE MIDDLE. INSIDE OF SEVEN MINUTES TO GO. WHAT IS PAUL CHRYST TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH HERE? THE LEAD, OBVIOUSLY, OUT OF HAND. WHAT IS HE TRYING TO BUILD, AS THE BADGERS GO INTO A BIG TEN SCHEDULE, WHICH IS, FRANKLY, VERY SOFT. THEY’LL BE FAVORED IN ALMOST, IF NOT ALL OF THEIR GAMES GOING FORWARD.>>Kirk: EXACTLY. GO DOWN THEIR SCHEDULE, AND WE WILL HERE SHORTLY AND TRY TO FIND A GAME WHERE THEY NIGHT BE AN UNDERDOG. THERE MIGHT BE ONE. THAT KIND OF GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT THEY HAVE LEFT TO DO. AS I SAID THIS IS A TEAM THAT MANY PEOPLE THINK WILL GET TO INDIANAPOLIS AND PLAY IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>Chris: THEY NEED THREE ON THIRD DOWN AND STAVE FLIPS IT SHORT. CATCH MADE AND IT’S OR GGUNBOWA FOR THE FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: YOU’RE THE HEAD COACH, YOU’RE DOWN 35-10, IT’S THE FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR, AND AS BAD AS THIS FEELS, YOU WANT TO SEE WHO IS A FOX HOLE GUY. YOU REALLY — YOU’RE GOUGE TO LEARN A LOT ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO QUIT, WHO IS GOING TO FIGHT, WHO — HOW DOES A TEAM RESPOND, BECAUSE THE EYE IN THE SKY, THE FILM, WHEN YOU BREAK IT DOWN, IT’S GOING TO TELL YOU EVERYTHING.>>Chris: STAVE ROLLING, FIRES SHORT. ERICKSON — EXCUSE ME, DEAL MAKES THE CATCH AND HE’S MUSCLED OUT. CASSIDY?>>THANKS, CHRIS. ARKANSAS STATE TAKING ON NUMBER EIGHT USC AND CODY KESSLER PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF LAST SEASON. A 61-YARD TD PASS. USC UP 7-0. CHRIS, BACK TO YOU.>>Chris: PAC-12 COULD USE SOME GOOD NEWS. ARIZONA STATE BEATEN TONIGHT BY A&M, ONE OF THE FEW PAC-12/A PAC-12/S.E.C. COLLISIONS YOU GET TO SEE. STAVE FIRES FAR SIDE AND THE CATCH IS MADE. THAT’S JAZZ PEAVY. SOPHOMORE MAKING HIS FIRST CATCH OF THE NIGHT. INSIDE THE 15.>>Kirk: THERE’S THE ARM STRENGTH AND WHAT THE COACHES REALLY LIKE ABOUT STAVE, TO THINK THAT JOEL STAVE LAST YEAR WAS JUST TRYING TO KIND OF BE ABLE TO COMPLETE A PASS, FIVE OR TEN YARDS DOWN FIELD AND NOW LOOK AT THAT THROW. I MEAN, YOU’RE AT THE RIGHT HASH AND YOU’RE THROWING ABOUT A 15 TO 18-YARD OUTCUT TOWARDS THE BOUNDARY. PLENTY OF ARM FOR JOEL STAVE.>>Chris: STAVE FOR THE END ZONE. HEAVY TRAFFIC, AS WHEELWRIGHT WAS COVERED. AND A FLAG NOW. THAT WAS MINKAH FITZPATRICK WITH HIM. AND IT WILL BE INTERFERENCE.>>Chris: AGAIN, IT’S ABOUT NOT GETTING HIS HEAD TURNED AROUND. IF YOU DON’T PLAY THE BALL, AGAIN, IT’S GOING TO BE PASS INTERFERENCE.>>Referee: PASS INTERFERENCE, NUMBER 29, DEFENSE. BALL WILL BE PLACED AT THE SPOT OF THE FOUL. AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: WATCH HIS HEAD. VERY TALENTED YOUNG MAN, FITZPATRICK. N DIDN’T FIND THE BALL. LOOK AT THIS VIEW RIGHT HERE. THIS IS INSIDE THE PYLON. OH. IS IT ALIVE?>>Chris: IT’S ALIVE. THOSE ARE THE CAMERAS THEY PUT IN NASCAR CARS. THEY CAN TAKE A COLLISION. STAVE ACROSS THE MIDDLE. CAUGHT FOR A TOUCHDOWN.>>Kirk: SEE THAT’S WHAT YOU FIGURE OUT IF YOURSELF PAUL CHRYST. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO COME BACK AND WIN THIS GAME, BUT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE YOUR TEAM KEEP FIGHTING. KEEP PLAYING. TO THE END OF THE GAME. AND HE JUST SAW THAT ON THAT DRIVE RIGHT THERE.>>Chris: THE JUNIOR OUT OF COLUMBUS. AND THEY WILL NOT STOP COACHING ON THAT ALABAMA SIDELINE. THAT DEFENSE GAVE UP THE BIG RUN TO THE WIDE RECEIVER. PASS INTERFERENCE PENALTY PASSING UP STAVE’S SECOND TOUCHDOWN PASS. SO, KIRK, WE HAVE TO AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO CONCLUSION TOO MUCH FROM AN OPENING DAY, BUT AS YOU SAID, THERE ARE SO FEW CHANCES SOMETIMES FOR TOP PROGRAMS IN THE POWER CONFERENCE, JUST TO SQUARE OFF. SO, WE’LL LOOK AT THE SATURDAY HEADLINES AND PAT FITZGERALD WAS PUMPED UP. HIS DEFENSE JUST SMOTHERED DAVID SHAW’S OFFENSE AND THEY WIN BY TEN. YOU LOVED WHAT YOU SAW FROM JOSH ROSEN AT UCLA.>>Kirk: MY GOSH, FOR A TRUE FRESHMAN, HE PLAYED ABOUT AS WELL AS YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE A TRUE FRESHMAN IN HIS OPENING GAME. 28 OF 35 AND THE THROWS HE MADE, WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS. BYU, THE HAIL MARY TO WIN IN LINCOLN. BUT TAYSOM HILL OUT FOR THE YEAR. ARIZONA STATE, A TEAM I THOUGHT COULD GET TO THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, LOSING TEAM IN HOUSTON TO A&M. AND HOW ABOUT STANSTANFORD, WE TOUCHED ON. TWO TEAMS THAT FELT COULD BE COMPETITIVE. A BAD DAY FOR THE BIG TEN AND THE PAC-12. PENN STATE LOSING TO TEMPLE.>>Chris: TEXAS MAYBE NOT EXPECTED TO WIN AT NOTRE DAME. BUT THE LONGHORNS DIDN’T LOOK REAL GOOD. MALIK ZAIRE, WHO TAKES OVER AT QUARTERBACK, HE WAS 19 OF 22. AS MANY INCOMPLETIONS AS TOUCHDOWNS TONIGHT. CHRIS BLACK WILL BRING IT OUT — JUST TAKE A KNEE FOR THE TIDE AND GETS BUMPED INTO AT THE 7 YARD LINE. AFTER THE BUCKEYES AND THE HOKIES ON MONDAY NIGHT ON ESPN, IT’S THE PREMIER OF SCOTT VAN PELT’S NIGHTLY “SPORTSCENTER” SHOW AT MIDNIGHT OR THEREABOUTS, BEGINNING LABOR DAY NIGHT ON ESPN. GOING BACK TO WISCONSIN, THEY’LL HAVE THREE HOME GAMES, MIAMI, OHIO, IOWA. THE OTHER GAMES ON WISCONSIN’S HOME SCHEDULE, PURDUE, RUTGERS, NORTHWESTERN. THEY VISIT NEBRASKA, WHICH IS GOING TO BE HUGE IN THE WEST. BUT THEY DON’T PLAY ANYBODY FROM THE EAST.>>Kirk: MIAMI OF OHIO, FAVORED, TROY, HAWAII, IOWA AT HOME. SO FAR FAVORED EVERY GAME. PURDUE, AT ILLINOIS, RUTGERS, AT MARYLAND, NORTHWESTERN AT HOME. MAYBE AT MINNESOTA? RIVALRY GAME? THEY’RE GOING TO BE FAVORED IN EVERY GAME THEY PLAY. AFTER TONIGHT.>>Chris: BATEMAN STILL IN THE GAME. AND HARRIS SHOWS SOME MUSCLE, SOME HARD YARDS. YOU KNOW, THE FPI, THE POWER INDEX GIVES ALABAMA THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY PRESEASON. MIDDLE TENNESSEE NOT A BIG PART OF THAT. THEY HAVE OLE MISS. THAT’S AN ESPN PRIMETIME GAME, IT’S THE S.E.C. OPENER. OF COURSE, THAT WAS PAYBACK OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TIDE AFTER THE LOSS IN OXFORD.>>Kirk: OLE MISS, AT GEORGIA, ARKANSAS, AT A&M, TENNESSEE, LSU, AT MISSISSIPPI STATE, AT AUBURN? THAT’S — IF YOU SURVIVE THAT.>>Chris: THE HIDDEN COMPONENT, SABAN WILL POINT OUT, FANS CERTAINLY DO, THAT A FEW TIDE OPPONENTS HAVE BYES THE WEEK BEFORE THEY PLAY ALABAMA. AND YOU GET INTO THAT GAUNTLET AND FACE THESE PHYSICAL TEAMS, THE BYES, WHERE THEY FALL BECOME AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT TO THIS SCHEDULE.>>Kirk: THAT’S A GOOD POINT. AND NOT TO MENTION THE BONUS ROUND, IF THEY GET THROUGH ALL THAT THEY GET TO GO TO ATLANTA AND PLAY IN AN S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>Chris: NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND. >>IT’S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO REPEAT AS CHAMPION IN THE S.E.C. WEST.>>Kirk: I’M SAYING IF THEY — >>Chris: NO, I UNDERSTAND. I’M NOT SAYING YOU PREDICTED IT. BUT IT’S SUCH A TOUGH THING TO DO TO WIN THE DIVISION BACK-TO-BACK YEARS. AND REPEAT AS S.E.C. CHAMPIONS? YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A COUPLE DECADES.>>Kirk: RIGHT. I JUST GOT A TEXT SAYING “COLLEGE GAMEDAY” IN EAST LANSING NEXT WEEK FOR OREGON AND MICHIGAN STATE. YOU AND I WILL BE THERE, AS WELL.>>Chris: I’LL BE THERE IN SPIRIT. I’LL BE THERE IN SPIRIT. THERE’S A TENNIS THING IN NEW YORK THAT I’M GOING TO BE — >>Kirk: OH, YEAH, MY BAD, MAN. I FORGOT ABOUT THAT.>>Chris: WE’LL SEE IF SERENA CAN GET TO THE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN FINAL. I’LL BE WATCHING IN THE MORNING AND AT NIGHT AFTER THAT.>>Kirk: SERENA’S IN THE AFTERNOON?>>Chris: SHE’S NOT THERE YET.>>Kirk: SHE’S THERE. SHE’S ALABAMA.>>Chris: THAT’S AN AFTERNOON FINAL.>>Kirk: I’LL SAY SHE’S IN.>>Chris: THAT WILL BE FUN.>>Kirk: WHO IS SHE GOING TO PLAY?>>Chris: AZARENKA STILL IN IT.>>Kirk: WHO’S ON THE MEN’S SIDE? FEDERER, RIGHT?>>Chris: YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE MURRAY AND FEDERER ON ONE SIDE OF THE DRAW, DJOKOVIC THE TOP SEED ON THE OTHER SIDE.>>Kirk: I’M FIRED UP FOR TENNIS. I LIKE THE NIGHT MATCHES AT THE U.S. OPEN. YOU TOLD ME YOU’RE A WEEK TWO GUY.>>Kirk: I AM.>>Chris: I EXPECT TEXTS.>>Kirk: I’LL BE THAT GUIDE AT MIDNIGHT WATCHING.>>Kirk: SO, 4:19 TO PLAY. CERTAINLY HOPE THAT OUT OF THIS GAME, MICHAEL CAPUTO, THEIR CAPTAIN, THEIR SAFETY, WHO DOVE IN THERE TO MAKE A TACKLE ON THE SECOND PLAY AND GOT A CUT TO HIS FACE AND YOU CAN SEE HIM RIGHT THERE NEXT TO HIS COACH. WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT ISN’T A SERIOUS INJURY. HE’S GOING TO GET BACK ON THE FIELD AFTER THEY CHECK HIM OUT. BECAUSE THAT WILL BE A KEY FOR THIS WISCONSIN DEFENSE. HARRIS POWERING NEAR THE MARKER. THEY’RE GOING TO SPOT IT RIGHT ABOUT THE 17 WHERE HE NEEDED TO GET. THAT IS A FIRST DOWN.>>Kirk: CAPUTO IS — TONIGHT WAS HIS 29th CAREER START. ALL CONFERENCE LAST YEAR. AND A GUY THAT, YOU KNOW, WITH A VETERAN SECOND DARE.>>Chris: BEING A LEADER.>>Kirk: HE’S OUT THERE COACHING WITH THE CONCUSSION. HE’S INVOLVED. LET’S HOPE HE’S ABLE TO COME BACK. LITTLE BIT OF A SCARY MOMENT. FIRST OR SECOND PLAY OF THE GAME. HE GOT HIT WHEN HE TRIED TO TACKLE DERRICK HENRY AND HE WENT INTO THE WRONG SIDE OF THE FIELD, HE WENT OVER TO THE ALABAMA HUDDLE.>>Chris: THAT’S A RED FLAG.>>Kirk: YEAH.>>Chris: PLAY CLOCK RUNNING DOWN. THEY SAW IT ON THE SIDELINE AND KIFFIN CALLS A TIME-OUT. THAT’S PART OF THE LEARNING CURVE, TOO, GETTING ORGANIZED OUT THERE. THERE IS A FLAG. NICK SAYS WE GOT THE TIME-OUT CALLED.>>Kirk: LET’S GO BACK TO THE CAPUTO INJURY. HERE HE IS, 7 COMING UP, BOOM, RIGHT THERE. AND HE LAYS FLAT ON THE GROUND AND THEN HE WORKED HIS WAY BACK TO THE HUD M. HIS HUDDLE IS ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT.>>Chris: AND HE STILL WANTED TO SAY IN THE GAME BUT THE PRUDENT DECISION MADE. SUCH AN EMPHASIS, AS IT SHOULD BE, PLAYER SAFETY, ESPECIALLY INVOLVING HEAD INJURIES. CONTROVERSIES IN SEFVERAL SPORT. THERE’S LOTS OF CONCUSSIONS IN SOCCER, IN HOCKEY, THOSE SPORTS HAVE NOT PAID EVEN AS MUCH ATTENTION TO IT AS YOU DO IN FOOTBALL. BUT THAT HOPEFULLY IS BEGINNING TO CHANGE. WE DON’T KNOW THE SEVERITY OF IT, BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY ENOUGH FOR THEM TO FLAG HIM AND TAKE AWAY HIS HELMET A COUPLE PLAYS INTO THE GAME.>>Kirk: YOU KNOW, FOR ALABAMA, THE BIG BUILDUP TONIGHT FOR US IN THE OPEN AND EARLY IN THIS GAME WAS, THEY LOST SO MUCH WITH BLAKE SIMS AND THE RECEIVERS AND T.J. YELDON, THEY LOST THEIR TOP THREE RECEIVERS, WHO WOULD STEP UP? AND WE DID HAVE SOME GUYS STEP UP, WITHOUT A DOUBT, TONIGHT.>>Chris: GOING TO OFFICIALLY REVIEW THE SPOT. WAS HE DOWN BEFORE HE GOT THE FIRST DOWN MARKER.>>Kirk: NOT DOWN YET.>>Chris: HE GETS A GOOD LOOK.>>Kirk: THERE HE’S DOWN.>>Chris: STILL DRIVING THE LEGS. JIM BLACKWOOD IS THE REPLAY OFFICIAL.>>Kirk: I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT WHO WOULD STEP UP AND LANE KIFFIN HAS GOT TO BE VERY, VERY HAPPY WITH THE NIGHT FROM HIS OFFENSE. JAKE COKER, GREAT NIGHT THROWING THE FOOTBALL AROUND. MAKING GOOD DECISIONS. AVOIDING TURNOVERS. DERRICK HENRY, A COUPLE OF BIG RUNS. ENDED UP WITH THREE TOUCHDOWNS. AND I THINK THE AREA WHERE THEY’RE STILL GOING — YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE MOST GROWTH, IF THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL YEAR, IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE OUT AT WIDE RECEIVER WITH ROBERT FOSTER, THE FRESHMAN, CALVIN RIDLEY, AND ALSO THE SOPHOMORE — >>Referee: AFTER REVIEW, THE RULING ON THE FIELD IS CONFIRMED. FIRST DOWN. GAME CLOCK WILL START ON MY SIGNAL.>>Chris: THE SPOT WAS CORRECT. AN ALABAMA TEAM THAT DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF TAKEAWAY LAST YEAR. NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. ONLY 20. DOESN’T HAVE ONE TONIGHT, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE A TURNOVER, EITHER.>>Kirk: RIGHT.>>Chris: SURPRISING, REALLY, IN AN OPENING GAME THAT WE’VE HAD A TURNOVER-FREE GAME. FLIP IT SHORT. AND THE CATCH IS MADE BY FORNEY SMITH. MAKING THESE VERY COMFORTABLE THROWS FOR BATEMAN.>>Kirk: IF YOU THINK ABOUT JACOB COKER, YOU THINK ABOUT, IF HE CAME INTO THIS GAME AND LAID AN EGG EARLY, IT WOULD OPEN UP THE DOOR FOR COOPER BATEMAN. THAT’S HOW MUCH PRESSURE THERE WAS FOR HIM TO PERFORM, AS A GUY THAT’S BEEN SITTING AROUND FOR THE LAST THREE, FOUR YEARS AND HE STEPPED UP AND DELIVERED WITH THAT PRESSURE ON.>>Chris: CASSIDY WITH THE FORD WRAPUP AFTER THE GAME. SO, IF YOU’RE ALABAMA FAN, YOU FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER, PERHAPS, ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK POSITION THAN YOU FELT FOUR HOURS AGO. ALABAMA COACHING STAFF, FOR THAT MATTER.>>Kirk: YEP.>>Chris: HARRIS. HIT IN THE BACKFIELD. IMMEDIATE PENETRATION BY VINCE BIEGEL. THE MAN OF MANY HAIR STYLES. CARVES THAT W IN THE SIDE OF HIS HEAD. HE SAID HE’S GOING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERY WEEK HERE TO KEEP THE TEAMMATES ENTERTAINED.>>Kirk: HE’S PART OF THE PERSONALITY OF THEIR DEFENSE. YOU KNOW, BIEGEL IS THE PERSONALITY WE TALKED ABOUT SCHOBERT WHO IS AN OUTSTANDING OUTSIDE LINEBACKER ON THE OTHER SI SIDE. KIND OF A LITTLE BIT MORE LOW KEY, BUT MY MAN CAN THROW IT DOWN WHEN IT’S A SLAM DUNK CONTEST.>>Chris: THAT WAS CRAZY. HARRIS. AGAIN. CHASED IN THE BACKFIELD.>>Kirk: THIS IS — FOOTBALL TEAM HAS A SLAM DUNK CONTEST AND OUTSIDE LINEBACKER SAID, HEY, I CAN HANDLE THIS.>>Chris: I LOVE THE REACTION FROM THE TEAM. LET’S SAY THEY MAYBE DIDN’T EXPECT TO SEE THAT FROM JOE? FAIR TO SAY?>>Kirk: HOW MANY OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS CAN DO THAT?>>Chris: NOT THAT MANY GUYS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL CAN DO THAT.>>Kirk: THAT WAS PRETTY. 6’2″.>>Chris: HE’S ONLY 6’2″, YEAH. HE’S GOT TO GET 236 POUNDS IN THE AIR TO DO THAT, TOO. WELL, WE TALKED ABOUT “COLLEGE GAMEDAY” LOCATION AND THAT BIG GAME, OREGON/MICHIGAN STATE, TOP TEN BATTLE ON ABC IN EAST LANSING. NOTRE DAME WITH SOME MOMENTUM OFF THIS PERFORMANCE, GOES ON THE ROAD AGAINST VIRGINIA. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE OKLAHOMA/TENNESSEE GAME. YOU LIKE BOTH OF THOSE TEAMS.>>Kirk: I DO. DIDN’T SURPRISE ME TO SEE TENNESSEE EARLY HAVE STRUGGLING WITH BOWLING GREEN. OKLAHOMA, WE’LL SEE. THAT GAME IS, I THINK, PIVOTAL — PIVOTAL FOR BOTH TEAMS, THOUGH IT’S A NONCONFERENCE TEAM.>>Chris: BAMA FANS ARE GOING TO BE WATCHING THAT LSU/MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME.>>Kirk: BOTH TEAMSS HOVERS IN THE TOP FIVE. WE ENJOYED THAT GAME A YEAR AGO, WATCHING THAT ONE WHEN MICHIGAN STATE WAS PLAYING WELL OUT AT EUGENE EARLY.>>Chris: HARRIS AGAIN. PICKS HIS WAY FOR A SHORT GAIN. WISCONSIN DEFENSE STILL SCRAPPING AND FIGHTING. THE STARTERS ARE STILL OUT THERE.>>Kirk: YOU HAVE TO. WE TALKED ABOUT, YOU’RE EVALUATING CONSTANTLY. WEEK ONE. I DON’T CARE HOW GOOD YOUR WEEK ONE IS OR HOW BAD YOUR WEEK ONE IS, IT’S WEEK ONE. AND YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO GET READY FOR WEEK TWO AND BEYOND. AND YOU LEARN A LOT ABOUT HOW YOUR TEAM HANDLES ADVERSARY. THAT’S REALLY WHAT MAKES A TEAM BECOME SPECIAL IS WHEN THEY GET PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH AND THEY COME THROUGH IT. YOU GROW TOGETHER AS TEAMMATES AND COACHES WHEN YOU GO THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES AND YOU DON’T GIVE UP. WE DON’T HAVE PRESEASON FOOTBALL IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.>>Chris: SCOTT WITH THE PUNT AND ERICKSON FIGHTING HARD TO GET TO THE CORNER. MENTION ED AT THE TOP THAT AT&T STADIUM WILL BE THE SITE OF THE GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL, WHICH IS ONE OF THE SEMIFINAL GAMES. THE OTHER ONE IS THE ORANGE BOWL. WE DON’T KNOW THE TIMES YET. THAT WILL DEPEND ON THE MATCH-UPS. BUT THE FOCUS HERE IN ARLINGTON AND IN MIAMI, ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AND THEN GLENDALE, ARIZONA, FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON JANUARY 11th.>>Kirk: WE DON’T KNOW THE TIMES, WE DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE’S FIRST — >>Chris: THAT’S WHAT I MEAN.>>Kirk: WHICH ONE’S FIRST AND SECOND. SO USED TO THE ORANGE BOWL, WATCHING THAT ONE LATE AT NIGHT.>>Chris: SO, STAVE WITH 1:11 TO GO. FINDS ERICKSON AGAIN. THAT’S BEEN A GOOD COMBINATION. THEY USED THE BACKS EXCLUSIVELY EARLY AND THEN GOT ERICKSON INVOLVED.>>Kirk: HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF MAYBE SOMEBODY SITTING AT HOME AND SAYING, THE GAME’S OVER, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THEY DOING? THEY’RE DOWN 35-17. IT’S NOT ABOUT TRYING TO SCORE AND MAKE THE SCORE LOOK FOR RESPECTABLE. IT’S REALLY MORE ABOUT, OKAY, WE’RE PLAYING ALABAMA’S DEFENSE. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO WORK OUR ONE-MINUTE OFFENSE HERE TO TRY TO GET DOWN THE FIELD AGAINST A REALLY GOOD DEFENSE. LET’S — INSTEAD OF JUST KILLING THE CLOCK, LET’S WORK.>>Chris: THEIR FIRE DOWN FIELD AND THERE’S THE FIRST TURNOVER OF THE NIGHT. AND EDDIE JACKSON IS OFF AND RUNNING. KNOCKED DOWN AT THE 20 AND A FLAG COMES IN VERY LATE. ANOTHER ONE AS THE SAFETY CONVERTED CORNERBACK CREATES THE FIRST TURNOVER OF THE EVENING. STAVE JUST THROWING IT INTO TRAFFIC IN DESPERATION.>>Referee: AFTER THE INTERCEPTION, ILLEGAL BLOCK IN THE BACK, NUMBER 21 OF THE INTERCEPTING TEAM. TEN-YARD PENALTY FROM THE SPOT OF THE SPOT. FIRST DOWN, ALABAMA.>>Kirk: PLAYING MAN-TO-MAN UNDERNEATH, CHRIS, BUT BOTH THE SAFETIES, SMITH AND JACKSON, WHO ENDS UP MAKING THE INTERCEPTION, OFF TO THE RIGHT, THEY ARE JUST GOING TO SIT BACK AND READ THE QUARTERBACK’S EYES, PLAYING CENTER FIELD. THE BALL IS OVERTHROWN. IT SAILED A BIT, AND RIGHT INTO THE HANDS OF EDDIE JACKSON.>>Chris: TEAM THAT WAS 11th IN THE CONFERENCE WAS ONLY 11 INTERCEPTIONS GETS THEIR FIRST OF THE SEASON. NOW WE’RE GOING TO GET A LOOK AT THE THIRD QUARTERBACK THIS EVENING, IT’S NUMBER 11, ALEX MORRIS. THE JUNIOR FROM ALLEN, TEXAS. SO, THEY GIVE THE TEXAS NATIVE A FEW SNAPS HERE IN THE FINAL MINUTE IN HIS HOME STATE. HARRIS IS KNOCKED DOWN. THAT’S A NICE GESTURE. HE WAS IN THERE COMPETING. IN FACT, MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT ALEX MORRIS MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN THE STARTING JOB, ENDED UP RUNNING THIRD IN THE COMPETITION. BUT HE GETS BACK TO HIS HOME STATE AND HE CAN SAY HE GOT IN THE GAME.>>Kirk: HE DID. THEY STARTED WITH FIVE, THEY WORKED THEIR WAY DOWN TO THREE AND EVENTUALLY DOWN TO TWO, BUT ALEX MORRIS WAS — HE WAS BATTLING. HE REALLY WAS. HE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING TO HURT HIMSELF AT ALL THROUGHOUT CAMP. I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE OTHER TWO MAY HAVE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER CEILINGS WITH THEIR PHYSICAL ABILITIES.>>Chris: THEY SAID THIS WAS A SOLID GUY, REALLY AVOIDED BAD PLAYS, WHICH IS NOT EASY AGAINST ALABAMA’S TOP DEFENSE IN PRACTICE. HARRIS SHOWS A BURST AND GETS DOWN NEAR THE 25. THAT WILL DO IT. SO, ALABAMA BUSTS OPEN A CLOSE GAME AT HALFTIME, AND OVERPOWERS WISCONSIN WITH THE RUNNING GAME. COREY CLEMENT REALLY LIMITED, ONLY HAD 16 YARDS RUSHING AND LEFT THE GAME WITH AN INJURY WHICH WE HOPE ISN’T SERIOUS. THAT WOULD BE A BIG CONCERN. AND ALABAMA ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS AT QUARTERBACK AND GETS A BIG GAME FROM DERRICK HENRY. LET’S GO TO HEATHER WITH NICK SABAN.>>Heather: CHRIS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. COACH, WHAT KIND OF TONE DOES THIS WIN SET FOR THE SEASON?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT, IN A GAME LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO GO BACK AND SAY, WHERE ARE WE? WHERE DO WE NEED TO IMPROVE, WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE DID WELL, WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO BETTER AND THERE ARE CERTAINLY A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN DO BETTER IN THE GAME. IT WAS A GREAT WIN FOR US. WISCONSIN’S GOT A GOOD TEAM. I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH THE WAY OUR GUYS COMPETED. I THOUGHT WE PLAYED REALLY WELL IN THE SECOND HALF.>>Heather: COACH, A BIG QUESTION MARK THROUGHOUT FALL CAMP WAS YOUR QUARTERBACK SITUATION. YOU SAID YOU NEEDED TO SEE GAME EVIDENCE. WHAT IS YOUR TAKEAWAY NOW?>>I THOUGHT JAKE PLAYED WELL. COOPER PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES, BUT REALLY PLEASED WITH THE WAY JAKE PLAYED. HE MADE GOOD CHOICES AND DECISIONS OUT THERE, AND, YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY HE’LL ONLY GET BETTER.>>Heather: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON A TWO-QUARTERBACK APPROACH MOVING FORWARD?>>I DON’T HAVE ANY RIGHT NOW.>>Heather: AND YOUR DEFENSE CERTAINLY STEPPED UP, ESPECIALLY IN THE SECOND HALF. HOW DID YOU BASICALLY RENDER WISCONSIN’S RUNNING GAME USELESS?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, OUR GUYS DID A GOOD JOB UP FRONT CONTROLLING THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. YOU KNOW, WE MADE SOME HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS ON THE BACK COMING OUT. KIND OF TOOK THAT AWAY AND BATTED SOME BALLS DOWN AND PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THE QUARTERBACK, SO, I WAS PLEASED WITH THE WAY WE PLAYED UNTIL WE PUT THE SECOND TEAM IN. I DIDN’T THINK THEY COMPETED VERY WELL.>>Heather: COACH, THANK YOU SATISFIED. I LOVE IT. THANKS, COACH.>>Chris: THERE IS COREY CLEMENT, WHO WAS REALLY LIMITED. WISCONSIN NOT GOING TO SUCCESS VERY OFTEN, KIRK, WHEN THEY HAVE 40 YARDS NET RUSHING AND 25 CAME FROM A RECEIVER ON ONE PLAY. NEXT TEST FOR THE TIDE AFTER A MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE GAME IS GOING TO BE HOME GAME AGAINST OLE MISS.>>Kirk: AFTER LAST YEAR, WHAT A SETTING THAT WILL BE IN TUSCALOOSA, WITH OLE MISS AND OFF TO A REALLY GOOD START TODAY. NICK SABAN JUST KIND OF SUMMED IT UP. HE’S GOT TO BE PLEASED. HE’LL LOOK AT THE FILM AND A LOT OF AREAS WHERE HE’S GOING TO BE PLEASED. ESPECIALLY WITH THE WAY THE OFFENSE WAS GOING TO STEP UP. DEFENSE SHUTTING DOWN A WISCONSIN TEAM, I THINK AS THE YEAR GOES ON, YOU’LL SEE THIS TEAM PUT SOME THINGS TOGETHER, BUT THAT WAS A GREAT, GREAT START FOR ALABAMA IN A NEUTRAL SITE FOOTBALL GAME.>>Chris: PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH. ALABAMA BEGINS WHAT THEY HOPE WILL BE A PLAYOFF CAMPAIGN WITH A NICE STATEMENT. 35-17 IS THE FINAL. 8:00 ON ABC, KIRK AND RECE DAVIS WILL BE IN EAST LANSING, AS OREGON BATTLES MICHIGAN STATE IN PRIMETIME. INTERESTING BIG TEN PAC-12 CLASH. TIME NOW FOR THE

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