Beach is part of history

Port High grad blocks on UW record field goal
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Tyler Beach has played in several University of Wisconsin football games and even started one in his young career.

But the 2017 Port Washington High School graduate reached a new level on Saturday.

Beach started at left tackle and played the entire game, helping the Badgers to a 45-24 victory, sealing an undefeated season at Camp Randall.

“Going undefeated at home this year is a huge deal. It’s awesome,” Beach said.

Unlike most of his collegiate career so far, Beach contributed for the entire game.

“It was fun to step up in a big way into a big role,” he said.

His blocking helped Jonathan Taylor, second in the nation in rushing, go for 222 yards for a record 12th time. Beach said he did allow two quarterback pressures.

“I thought I played pretty well,” he said.

Taylor, he said, was supportive, telling him he had good blocks on occasion.

Beach said he focuses on who he has to block and can only tell when a big play happens by the roar of the crowd.

“Then you see JT chasing down the sidelines,” he said.

Beach learned he was starting on Wednesday. He was upset that his friend Cole Van Lanen was injured but was excited to get the opportunity.

“It was a different feeling playing the whole game,” he said.

Beach was blocked on Zach Hintze’s school record 62-yard field goal that ended the first half. After holding down the left side of the line, Beach ran downfield toward a Boilermaker. If the kick was short, it could be returned.

Once the ball snuck through, “I turned around and saw the sideline clear and tackle Hintze,” he said.

Now, the focus shifts to Minnesota. A win in the final game sets up a rematch with Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.

Beach hopes to return home for a few hours after practice on Thanksgiving morning.

“We’ve got to be as prepared as we can,” he said.

 

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