October 20, 2014

Packers not challenged in win over Carolina

Randall Cobb - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Carolina Panthers won the coin toss and then deferred to the second half.  After that, the visitors didn’t know what hit them.

The Green Bay Packers scored the games first 28 points, 21 of those points in the first half, on the way to a 38-17 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

In that first quarter, the Packers out-gained the Panthers 172-5 and piled up a dozen first downs to one for Carolina.  Jordy Nelson put up the first touchdown of the game, a 59-yard catch and run to put the Packers in front 7-0.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks added touchdown runs of 5 and 13 yards as the Packers went up 21-0 in the first quarter.

Randall Cobb added a three-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and finished with 6 catches for 121 yards.

AUDIO: Randall Cobb on his recent play after a slow start :14

Carolina didn’t put their first points on the board until Graham Gano booted a 33-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half.  The Packers took a 28-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. [Read more...]

Hockey Badgers swept by NMU

Joel Rumpel

Joel Rumpel

Wisconsin‘s power play drought continued on Saturday night in a 4-1 loss to Northern Michigan at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The Badgers went 0 for 7 with a man advantage and finished 0 for 12 on the power play for the weekend.

Northern Michigan earned the 2-game sweep as the young Badgers are off to a 0-4 start on the season.

The Badgers lone goal on the weekend came when Brad Navin found the back of the net with 1:33 left to play, spoiling NMU’s second straight shutout.

Joel Rumpel took the loss in goal, stopping 14 shots in his third straight start in goal for Wisconsin.

The Badgers will get plenty of time off now.  They won’t play for nearly three weeks now when they open the home portion of their schedule against North Dakota on Friday, November 7 at the Kohl Center.

Badger volleyball sweeps Gophers for second time

The Wisconsin women’s volleyball team earned a second straight Border Battle victory, sweeping Minnesota for the second time this week.

Saturday’s match came at the sold out UW-Fieldhouse as the fifth-ranked Badgers (16-2, 7-1 Big Ten) pulled out a 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 three-set victory over the Gophers (13-6, 3-5).  It gives the Badgers their seventh straight Big Ten victory.

The Badgers resume Big Ten play on Wednesday as they host Iowa in a 7 p.m. match-up at the UW Field House.

Top ranked Wisconsin falls twice in women’s hockey

The number-1 ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team fell to second-ranked Minnesota 2-1 in overtime on Saturday, as the Gophers swept the two-game weekend series in Madison.

With Minnesota trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Rachael Bona fired a wrister past Ann-Renee Desbiens to tie the game 1-1 and force overtime at LaBahn Arena.

In OT, the Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0) caught the Badgers (6-2-0, 4-2-0-0) in a line change and took advantage of a turnover when Rachel Ramsey scored with just a minute left in overtime.

The teams combined for 76 shots, as Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 41-36.

The Badgers return to the ice next Friday for a two-game road series at Bemidji State.

Packers could be without starting corners on Sunday

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Both Tramon Williams (ankle) and Sam Shields (knee) didn’t practice for a second straight day on Thursday and their status for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers is in doubt.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that there was no change in the two players’ status from Wednesday.  Then, he said Williams was ahead of Shields in recovering from their injuries.

The Packers don’t practice today, but will work tomorrow before facing the Panthers on Sunday.

Defensive end Datone Jones (ankle) also didn’t practice on Thursday after trying to give his ankle a go on Wednesday.  Mike McCarthy said, “He made some progress at practice Saturday, but it’s not coming along.”

If Shields and Williams are unable to play Sunday, Davon House and Casey Hayward would take their place in the starting lineup. [Read more...]