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Badgers coach Bielema stands by two-point attempt

If going for two with a 41-16 lead over rival Minnesota is wrong, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema doesn’t want to be right.

“I’m not changing what I said because I spoke the truth on Saturday,” Bielema said in a Monday teleconference with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in regards to his decision to go for two. The Badgers won the game 41-23.

As for Minnesota coach Tim Brewster? Well, suffice it to say he doesn’t exactly feel the same way.

“I thought it was a very poor decision by a head football coach and he’ll have to live with that,” Brewster said after the game. “It was wrong. Everybody in here knows it and everybody in college football knows it. It was wrong.”

Bielema countered. “You know what? If we’re playing and somebody is going to go for two against me because they’re up 25, that’s what they should do, that’s what the card says.”

The card to which Bielema is referring is the scoring chart used by coaches. By his logic, a successful two point conversion would have left the score 43-16, a 27-point lead and four-possession game. Minnesota would have to scored three touchdowns, three two-point conversions and a field goal just to tie the game.

With 6:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, the odds were certainly stacked against the Gophers to achieve such a comeback, but Bielema wasn’t going to take any chances.

Well, at least that’s what he says.

“”I saw their [Minnesota's] offense score very, very fast,” Bielema asserted. “That’s all that was driving my mind. I went to the card and I would go with it 1,000,000 times over.”

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12 Responses to “Badgers coach Bielema stands by two-point attempt”
  1. grandavenue says: Oct 11, 2010 10:26 PM

    “if you don’t like it, tackle em”
    There’s no “running the score up” in College or Pros. Stop them. Simple. You don’t want them to score, TACKLE THEM! I don’t see Defenses taking knees on those late drives, they are out there hitting and tackling as much as they can.
    The people who cry about those type of things are usually the ones who LOSE. A LOT.
    Winners never cry about running up the score, because they WIN.

  2. Arizona Buckeye says: Oct 11, 2010 11:22 PM

    It’s not Bielema’s job to stop his own team, its yours and your defensive coordinators. If you don’t like the outcome, then man up and do something about it. Otherwise, STFU loser

  3. RedLeg15 says: Oct 11, 2010 11:51 PM

    1. grandavenue says: October 11, 2010 10:26 PM ET
    “if you don’t like it, tackle em”
    There’s no “running the score up” in College or Pros. Stop them. Simple. You don’t want them to score, TACKLE THEM! I don’t see Defenses taking knees on those late drives, they are out there hitting and tackling as much as they can.
    The people who cry about those type of things are usually the ones who LOSE. A LOT.
    Winners never cry about running up the score, because they WIN.
    _______________________________
    That is all true, but I don’t ever want to see the UW coach ever get pissed at a score being run up on him. UW Coach has made his bed. I can’t wait for the day UW is put in that position… Too bad it won’t happen this coming Saturday. I’m not saying tOSU will even win. The Vest was pained to hang 70+ on EMU. He would never do that to a team in the BigTeleven.

  4. CYGNUS X-1 says: Oct 11, 2010 11:59 PM

    I hope somebody does the same thing to them and then see if he feels the same way. nobody said for them not to score but to go for 2 and up by that many with 6 min. left?let’s see him do that against ohio state or any of the top big ten schools,oh wait those schools are as good if not better so they can’t.typical bully pick on the weak because you can,they will be 1 big ten school I won’t be rooting for in whatever bowl they play in.

  5. mgmac says: Oct 12, 2010 1:10 AM

    there is such a thing as running up the score. yuou very rarely if ever see it in the pros because they are pros. you see it in college because of the polls. there is no justification to do what wisconson did

  6. steveoz49 says: Oct 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    Bielema irritates me just to look at him. But let’s be real here. He went for 2… big deal! Minnesota has players on scholarship… have some pride and make a play. Brewster is a fired man walking, so his attempt as a passionate HC is just a wee-bit late. Now I could see getting upset over a fake punt or onside kick… wait.. no i couldn’t.
    To quote the great Herman Edwards: “You play to win the game!…….. HELLO!?!?!?!?”

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    @steveoz49: to my recollection, Minnesota did stop the two-point conversion.
    Let’s be fair about Brewster’s comments though. How pleasant would you be with third-degree burns on your butt?

  8. JP says: Oct 12, 2010 11:23 AM

    Of course he followed the card.
    Did you see what was written on the top of the card when the camera zoomed in? The title on the card read, “How to be an a**hole in ten easy steps.”
    Of course he followed the card!

  9. FarvesFooPa says: Oct 12, 2010 11:27 AM

    Bielema is a tool! He’ll get his on Saturday Night!

  10. Stoogie says: Oct 12, 2010 1:15 PM

    So much being made over a FAILED two point conversion?
    Has the Gophers football program gotten to the point where they complain about a play that would have netted the Badgers 1 more point in a season where the Gophers have losses pinned on them by South Dakota and Northern Illinois?
    Maybe Brewster is complaining so loudly because he’s trying to distract from his decision not to try an onside kick after they scored and still had 5 minutes left on the clock.
    Maybe he was banking on his defense stopping the Badgers for the first time in the second half.
    Or perhaps he’s simply in over his head.

  11. madtownsniper says: Oct 12, 2010 1:43 PM

    brewster is so weak – first off, they have bad blood, that’s known – did bielema need to go for two, no – is the card explanation convenient, yes. Here’s the deal, gotta problem with it, stop em, which they did – seems like brewster has bigger problems to deal with than the badgers going for two when they are up by a lot – quit cryin brewster and figure out a way to win some games, not drum up drama about a two pt conversion – although as a badger fan, i hope they don’t fire him, not a bad little record booster you can pencil a W in for every season with him coaching

  12. JackieTreehorn says: Oct 13, 2010 2:18 PM

    Poor sportsmanship. That’s running up the score. That’s dirty pool. Making them smell your dirty laundry. Running up the score is wrong.
    But the BCS computer………….likes that?.
    yes it does. “computer ranking made me do it”. nothing personal. “gotta do whats best for me, even if that means I screw you”.
    whatever, it stinks either way you have to see it.
    Now back in the day before computers, what did they do for the rankings? Did they have the coaches and AP poll? Anybody know? back in the day, this whole mess was considered nasty and wasn’t done for no reason. like the 222-0 game between georgia tech and cumberland college – 1916 – now that’s running up the score and the game has a good story as to why the heisman did it to them……look it up.

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