Saturday Recap: Wisconsin Head Coach Gary Anderson Discusses His Big Win

After seeing his Wisconsin Badgers dominate Indiana for 554 yards on the ground, Wisconsin head football coach Gary Anderson had this to say at his post-game press conference.

On the big win: Tremendous victory again. We looked for a team victory. We knew it would take all three phases would have to be effective in this game and they were. It was great to see that happen again, from offense, defense, and special teams. There is a lot of things to talk about but that’s what we were asking for, and we got it out of this team, which was great to see. They were prepared well.

On his defense: Defensively, where do you want me to start? Off the charts. They were able to dictate tempo, they got themselves into a position to change calls when needed, their communication was off the charts, they got on and off the field. The pace was a non-factor from Indiana and it was great to see. Trust me, this offense had us all worried. They had me petrified walking into this game, because they are talented on the offense side of the football, and our kids played lights out today, and my hat goes off to them and the defensive staff for the preparation that they did.

On offense: Offensively we ran the ball well, obviously, physical, big plays, got to finish a few more drives. It’s hard to find anything critical when you play like that, but in the end we made the field goals when we had the opportunity, which was great too see. Tremendous victory, bottom line, great victory for the Badgers, and we move onward and upward, but we’re going to enjoy this one.

On his senior leadership: It’s important to this team. I think in spring ball I remember saying we had one bad practice, and fall camp I believe if I remember right, telling the kids I thought we had a bad practice, and a couple of other times I told them, and I told myself, I thought they had a bad practice and I watched the film and I was mistaken. Their consistency throughout the whole year, not just the season, has been impressive.
I believe you prepare for that stuff in the off?season with the team and their mind?set. But the senior leadership is outstanding on this team; it’s not “good”, it’s outstanding, and it continues to be. Their focus, care factor, the way they lock?in in the mornings is special, it really is, and a lot of that has to do with the seniors on this football team.

On deferring to the second half after winning the coin toss: It’s important to this team. I think in spring ball I remember saying we had one bad practice, and fall camp I believe if I remember right, telling the kids I thought we had a bad practice, and a couple of other times I told them, and I told myself, I thought they had a bad practice and I watched the film and I was mistaken. Their consistency throughout the whole year, not just the season, has been impressive.
I believe you prepare for that stuff in the off-season with the team and their mind?set. But the senior leadership is outstanding on this team; it’s not “good”, it’s outstanding, and it continues to be. Their focus, care factor, the way they lock?in in the mornings is special, it really is, and a lot of that has to do with the seniors on this football team.