All in all, Willie Taggart and Paul Wulff called a pretty solid game against Wisconsin. Their offensive gameplan was similar to what they did against Maryland--they knew that if the Badgers knew they were running the ball, they weren't going to succeed (evidence: the Bulls' three runs-and-out after Melvin Gordon's first touchdown, where Marlon Mack was stuffed on third and short). So they mixed things up, and passed frequently on running downs and rolled Mike White out of the pocket quite a bit on passes. This works to two different purposes: it keeps Wisconsin guessing as to when the run is coming, and takes some of the pass rush off White.
This worked reasonably well against the Badgers, just like it worked reasonably well for Steven Bench against Maryland. Bench and White are drastically different quarterbacks, though-- White has a much stronger arm and is better at reading defenses, but Bench is more mobile and is better at throwing on the run. In fact, the disparity in White's success throwing in the pocket vs. out of the pocket is so large that at this point, rolling him out-- a key part of Taggart's offense--hasn't been worth it. Take a look at the splits from the Wisconsin game:
Mike White from the pocket: 13 attempts, 8/12 for 173 yards, 1 INT, 2 drops + 1 rush for 6 yards.
Drops are part of the game, of course, but those were two fairly important drops: the ball that bounced off Deonte Welch's chest and led to an interception, and Rodney Adams whiffing on a beautiful deep ball where he may or may not have been interfered with. So, if you like, White's numbers from the pocket with the drops factored in as catches would have been ~10/12 for 220 yards. Pretty great numbers!
Mike White outside the pocket: 8 attempts, 0/7 + 1 rush for 1 yard.
Obviously these stats are going to be a little skewed-- it's hard to find a quarterback that isn't better at throwing in the pocket, and a lot of throws outside the pocket are a result of the QB fleeing defensive pressure. But that disparity is pretty ridiculous, and it's not a new thing for White. His incompletions outside the pocket aren't a result of escaping the rush and throwing the ball away, either: a lot of them come on simple rollouts where he doesn't set his feet properly and delivers a bad pass. Let's dive in further.
If there's one thing that can be said for Mike White, he has tremendous pocket presence. Here's a play from the Bulls' second drive against UConn, where White is waiting on Rodney Adams to work his way over to the left side of the field on a deep cross. The protection isn't ideal: UConn's rushing four guys against seven Bulls, but some confusion on the right side between Quinterrius Eatmon and Thor Jozwiak lets a Husky lineman into the backfield, and Marlon Mack fails to pick him up. If White stands his ground in the pocket and waits for the route to develop, he's going to get whacked.
And he does! The camera doesn't pick it up, but White steps into his throw, absorbs the hit and delivers a great pass to Adams. Adams is wide open, but the throw isn't as easy as it looks-- White has to put enough touch on the ball to fit it over a leaping Andrew Adams, the UConn defender who was covering the route down low. A lesser quarterback might have shied away from the hit, but Mike delivers the ball between the numbers.
Here's another example of him working the pocket well against UConn.
The protection is about to collapse (note: the offensive line did a really nice job in pass protection the past two weeks; I'm just picking on them here to focus on White), as Austin Reiter is beat and Darrell Williams is literally getting shoved into White's backside. This is third down deep in the Bulls' territory, so forcing a throw or taking a sack would not be good.
White makes a really nice play here-- he feels the ends collapsing on him and steps up in the pocket, giving himself some space to dump the ball off to Marlon Mack in the open field. This is a good, safe throw that demonstrates his pocket awareness. He avoids the sack and doesn't force the ball into any corners.