UW later made five plays when Mertz bounced 1 yard to fullback John Chenal.
Badgers senior cornerback Cesar Williams paid his own business by returning an interception from 29 yards, leaving Vedral untouched after going over the head of his receiver, pressure on his face from Keanu Benton for a nose tackle. Due to a wrong throw.
“It was all about catching the ball,” Williams said. “Once I caught the ball, which was the hardest part of the game, I was just trying to score it for my team.”
UW’s lead was reduced to 24-3 in three minutes of play time, and the Scarlet Knights never responded.
“(Turnovers) bring a different atmosphere to the sidelines,” Williams said. “Once you see a guy make a play, it’s like, ‘Now it’s my turn. Let me turn it, let me return the ball.'”
There is an element of luck on some turnovers – the ball bounces towards a player on one team and not the other, or there is a miscommunication between a receiver and quarterback in the opposing offense, which leads to an uncontested pick. . But the Badgers aren’t getting a noticeable amount of those plays. They are keeping themselves in good shape and making takeaways with pressure and a purposeful attack on the ball.
“When you build the habit during the week (of practice) … you have the confidence to be able to do it in the game,” said Wilder, who made two takeaways against Purdue two weeks ago. “It’s infectious confidence in people.”