Tackle Deiter toughs out ankle injury
PROVO, UTAH – Wisconsin left tackle Michael
Deiter was hurting, struggling to shake off a rightankle injury.
UW’s staff noticed the redshirt junior in obvious distress late in the second quarter Saturday against BYU and sent out a trainer and No. 2 left tackle Cole
Van Lanen to replace Deiter.
With the Badgers facing second and 11 at the Cougars’ 15 and less than a minute left in the half, Deiter wasn’t budging.
He refused to leave the field, sending the trainer and redshirt freshman tackle back to the sideline. Toughness or lunacy? Whatever your choice, Deiter stayed on the field and a few seconds later was celebrating a 15-yard touchdown pass from
Alex Hornibrook to Quintez Cephus.
So what did he say to the trainer and Van Lanen when they came onto the field?
“I can’t say it word for word,” Deiter said. “I just said: ‘Cole, I’ll take it.’
“That is the PG version.”
Right guard Beau Benzschawel, who battled through a right-ankle injury suffered in Week 2, smiled and added: “There was some profanity.”
Deiter, who was slow to get up after the previous play, tested the ankle to make sure he was still capable.
“You’ll know instantly whether you can keep playing or not,” he said. “I thought I’d be OK. And I’m fine. It’s just some pain.”
The pain was eased a few seconds later when Deiter watched Cephus haul in Hornibrook’s pass for a touchdown to help UW build its lead to 24-3 with 25 seconds left in the half.
Deiter pumped his arms and did a little dance and then walked directly to the UW locker room. He started the second half, however, and went most of the way until the No. 2 unit got work in the fourth quarter.
“It was awesome,” Deiter said. “That was super cool when we scored. I wanted to go run and celebrate but I was hurting so I got off the field.
“But it was still really cool. I was doing what I could.”
Deiter’s play was just one in a game that lasted 2 hours 59 minutes.
But his display of toughness resonated.
“I think it says a lot,” said UW coach Paul
Chryst, adding he trusted the medical staff and Deiter’s understanding of what he could tolerate. “It says you guys are important to me and I want to keep playing.
“And I think our guys enjoyed playing together today. I felt that on the sidelines. That was fun.”
Bushman quiet: UW’s defenders knew that if they could control freshman tight end Matt Bushman they probably could frustrate BYU’s passing game.
Bushman entered the game with 13 catches for 149 yards, both team-high marks. Bushman finished with one catch for 9 yards.
“He was a huge point of emphasis,” said UW linebacker T.J. Edwards, who intercepted the first pass thrown toward Bushman. “Watched him on film all week. He is a really talented
Jake Ferguson and Gabe Loyd worked on UW’s scout team during the week to fill the role of Bushman in the Cougars’ offense.
“Our scout team did a great job," Edwards said, “just making us work. That was awesome.”
again: Freshman tailback
Jonathan Taylor didn’t get into the open field and run away from defenders Saturday.
His longest run of the day was 18 yards.
Yet that doesn’t mean Taylor didn’t impress as he carried 18 times for 128 yards (7.1-yard average) and a touchdown.
Taylor became the first UW freshman to run for at least 100 yards in consecutive games since Corey Clement in 2013.
He made decisive cuts and ran hard between the tackles. The result was seven runs of 11 yards or more.
“So often backs, in particular young backs,” Chryst said, “when they want to make that big play it becomes a lateral world. It is kind of all or nothing.
“Having the patience to take what’s there…,” is a useful skill. Hintze gets the call: Zach Hintze replaced P.J.
Rosowski (strained quadriceps) on kickoffs for the second consecutive week.
Hintze, who recorded four touchbacks on six kicks in his first action, was 4 for 7 against BYU. That brings his season mark to eight touchbacks on 13 kickoffs (61.5%).
UW’s coverage unit did its job on the three kicks BYU returned.
The Cougars had returns of 14, 22 and 14 yards.
Rosowski traveled and was in uniform but only because he is the No. 2 holder on placements.
Extra points: UW generated 265 passing yards and 235 rushing yards against BYU, giving the Badgers three games this season with at least 200 yards in both categories. UW accomplished that feat just twice in 14 games last season…
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kendric
Pryor, who missed the final week of camp and UW's first two games while recovering from facial injuries suffered in a scooter accident, made his debut Saturday.
BYU’s 192 yards of offense was the worst performance by a UW opponent since the Badgers held Rutgers to 165 yards in 2015 in Madison.
Jonathan Taylor is congratulated by Badgers teammate Michael Deiter after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter.