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Bielema Defends QB Switch


Madison (WQOW) -- Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema defends his decision to switch quarterbacks late in Saturday's game at Nebraska.

Joel Stave has started the last two games at quarterback for the Badgers, even though head coach Bret Bielema says, based on what he's seen at practice, Danny O'Brien does a better job running the two-minute drill.

Bielema brought in O'Brien toward the end of Saturday's game at Nebraska, partly because Stave took a couple of big hits on the previous drive.   Still, there was a major miscommunication involving O'Brien which led to a fumble, and ended the Badgers' chances.

Monday, Bielema says he's not second-guessing his decision.

"As a coach, you can't re-think that way, as far as how you handled Saturday," Bielema says, "I will point out that Danny came in on 3rd down the prior series, so it wasn't like that was the first time of going in the ball game -- I get it was only for one play -- but Joel really got rocked on that play. And as far as how we handle this Saturday, it's all about what we see this week."

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