Valai’s anger strengthens UW attack

first_imgLUKAS KEAPPROTH/Herald photoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jay Valai came into the game angry. He took it out on Hoosier quarterback Ben Chappell.Chappell ran down the middle of the Badger defense for an 11-yard again with UW leading 21-20, but a big hit from Valai jarred the ball loose at the 4-yard line, where it was picked up by linebacker DeAndre Levy. The turnover proved to be a turning point in the game.“We’re 4-5,” Valai said. “Just got to use that aggression on the football field somehow.”Valai’s hit on Chappell after a David Gilreath fumble put the Badgers in a position to extend their lead at the break instead of going into halftime trailing the Hoosiers.“I was just angry,” Valai said, “I saw the quarterback running … and I tried to hit him as hard as I could.”“I just saw him drop and I saw the lineman not drop back for pass coverage really, so I just said ‘Hey, he’s gonna run.’”The hit was enough to knock Chappell out of the game.Wisconsin returner Gilreath had let a punt go threw his hands, which gave Indiana good field position.“They saved my life out there,” Gilreath said. “I made a big mistake there and it could have cost us big.”“It was real big. It sparked us as a defense,” Levy said. “One thing we’re good at is being physical. If we’re not physical, we’re not good.”Levy returned the ball 45 yards to the Wisconsin 49-yard line.The play carried over into the second half as well.“Jay Valai sparked us big with a big hit, and we carried that energy and momentum over to the second half,” Levy said.It was part of a big game for Valai, who finished with a team-high 10 tackles.“Just want to play physical and aggressive … come with it every time, make them respect you somehow.”Badgers suffer two injuriesOn Wisconsin’s second play from scrimmage, right tackle Eric Vanden Huevel went down with a lower right leg injury and did not return to the game.“He didn’t feel or hear a pop,” Bielema said. “The initial X-rays were negative, but he wasn’t going to be able to return. The initial report was negative fracture-wise.”The senior was replaced by freshman Josh Oglesby, who has come in for several injured Badgers this season.“It’s a lot easier,” Oglesby said of having experience. “When I first came out, I was concerned about [Vanden Huevel], but then it was ‘I’ve been here before, no need to be nervous.’”With Oglesby playing in place of the starter, the offense still managed to rush for 441 yards.“[Vanden Huevel] is a big part of our line,” center John Moffitt said, “but Josh did a great job stepping in.”Middle linebacker Jaevery McFadden left the game with just over four minutes remaining in the half with a head injury and did not return. Culmer St. Jean took his place on defense for the Badgers.“Jaevery was concussed,” Bielema said. “I thought there was going to be a chance he would come back, but midway through the third quarter the trainers came up to me and said he was done for the day.”last_img read more

State Of The Matter! Nigerian Referees Miss Out On Russian Party

first_imgWorld football governing body, FIFA, have released a 36-man list of referees ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia and Nigerian referees are conspicuously missing on the list in what is the perfect example to illustrate how the quality of Nigerian referees has sunk low.There were no Nigerian referees on the shortlist despite the fact that six of the 36 referees selected would be representing Africa at a seminar ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The seminar will take place between November 25 and 29 in Abu Dhabi.See Full List Below:AFC:Fahad AL MIRDASI (KSA)Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)Mohammed Abdulla MOHAMED (UAE)Ryuji SATO (JPN)Nawaf Abdulla SHUKRALLA (BHR)CAF:Mehdi ABID CHAREF (ALG)Malang DIEDHIOU (SEN)Bakary Papa GASSAMA (GAM)Ghead GRISHA (EGY)Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM)Weyesa Bamlak TESSEMA (ETH)CONCACAF:Joel AGUILAR (SLV)Mark W. GEIGER (USA)Jair MARRUFO (USA)Ricardo MONTERO (CRC)John PITTI (PAN)Cesar Arturo RAMOS PALAZUELOS (MEX)CONMEBOL:Julio BASCUÑAN (CHI)Enrique CACERES (PAR)Andres CUNHA (URU)Nestor PITANA (ARG)Sandro RICCI (BRA)Wilmar ROLDAN (COL)OFC:Matthew CONGER (NZL)Norbert HAUATA (TAH)UEFA:Felix BRYCH (GER)Cüneyt CAKIR (TUR)Sergey KARASEV (RUS)Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)Szymon MARCINIAK (POL)Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZ (ESP)Milorad MAZIC (SRB)Gianluca ROCCHI (ITA)Damir SKOMINA (SVN)Clement TURPIN (FRA) RelatedNigerian Referees Left Out of FIFA Women’s World CupDecember 5, 2018In “FIFA”Nigerian Referees Miss Out On Russia 2018March 30, 2018In “FIFA”CHAN 2020: CAF Shortlist Nigerian Referee after 2018 SnubJanuary 1, 2020In “CHAN”last_img read more