Kendall's Key Number: Badgers have stout red zone defense

Posted by JOSH KENDALL on December 31, 2013 

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Wisconsin's Chris Borland during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Penn State Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Madison, Wis.

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36.67

No team in the country keeps opponents out of the end zone from the red zone better than Wisconsin.

The Badgers have allowed 11 red zone touchdowns on 30 trips this year, and that 36.67 percent mark makes them the only team in the NCAA to allow a success rate of lower than 40 percent.

“They are a tough team,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “We just got through watching some goal line defense, other teams trying to run it in, they have a very tough time trying to run it in from the 1- or 2-yard line. They really are a tough physical team, well-coached, and they play real hard.”

The Badgers are No. 13 in the country in total red zone defense, allowing points on 73.3 percent of their opponents’ trips inside the 20-yard line.

South Carolina is 21st in the country in red zone touchdown percentage, scoring touchdowns on 69.4 percent of its trips inside the 20. Overall, South Carolina is No. 41 in red zone offense, scoring 85.7 percent of the time (42-of-49) it is in the red zone.

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