Badgers PFF grades: Top 5 OFF/DEF players from week 3 victory over New Mexico State

Madison, Wis. – Head coach Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Badgers (2-1) took care of business at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon, beating the visiting New Mexico State Aggies 66-7 in a game that was never even close.

Bobby Engram’s offense ruled the day, producing 595 total yards of offense (335 passing, 260 rushing) and scoring the most points in a single game during the Chryst era.

I thought third-year starting quarterback Graham Mertz looked excellent on Saturday, completing 12-of-15 passes for 251 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The Kansas native has taken a clear step forward and given the Badgers a respectable passing attack.

The Badgers’ defense, led by Jim Leonhard, only allowed seven points (which came in garbage time), 242 yards of offense, and wound up forcing three turnovers.

The defense dismantled the Aggies two quarterback system from the jump, ending eight of New Mexico States’ 15 possessions in three and outs.

UW, currently unranked, finished conference play on a high note and will now prepare for a grueling Big Ten slate that begins with a road test against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Here’s a look at the top 5 highest graded offensive/defensive players from Wisconsin’s 66-7 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies, according to Pro Football Focus:

Wisconsin Badgers Offense:

  • RT Trey Wedig (94.6) Elite
  • QB Graham Mertz (90.3) Elite
  • TE Hayden Rucci (89.7) Elite
  • TE Clay Cundiff (89.5) Elite
  • WR Skyler Bell (88.9) Elite

Wisconsin Badgers Defense:

  • CB Ricardo Hallman (90.2) Elite
  • ILB Maema Njongmeta (86.0) High Quality
  • DE Rodas Johnson (85.1) High Quality
  • ILB Jake Chaney (83.7) High Quality
  • DE James Thompson Jr. (83.1) High Quality

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