MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 17: Braelon Allen #0 of the Wisconsin Badgers scores on a 39-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the New Mexico State Aggies at Camp Randall Stadium on September 17, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Football: Studs and Duds vs. Maryland

Wisconsin has never lost to Maryland and that trend would continue this Saturday. In what was a windy, rainy, ugly November game in Madison. The Badgers were able to pull out the win, 23-10. Here are some studs and duds from the win. 

Studs

Offensive Line

The offensive line has received some much-deserved criticism throughout this season. As of late, they have completely turned around their production and today showed that. On the first touchdown drive, the offensive line completely dominated Maryland’s defense. With the weather being an issue today, Wisconsin had to win the line-of-scrimmage battle and the offensive line did just that. 

Rushing Attack

With the weather today, it was a no-brainer that Wisconsin’s rushing attack was gonna be the fuel to the offense. Maryland knew that and it still didn’t matter. Highlighted by an 89-yard touchdown run from Isaac Guerendo, Wisconsin rushed for 278 yards on 46 attempts.

Defense

Wisconsin’s defense is getting better by the week. Maryland is one of the better offenses in the Big Ten and the badgers dominated them today. The Badgers have seemed to find the answer to the Inside Linebacker position with a multitude of guys stepping up their play. The safety group is clicking with the addition of Hunter Wohler back in the lineup who had an interception. Keeanu Benton is as dominant as ever, Nick Herbig was flying around today, and this group seems to be clicking at the right time. 

Maryland didn’t have a first down until the second quarter. Tagovalioa was under pressure on nearly every snap he took. Outside of a garbage time drive from the Terrapins, the Badger defense dominated this game. Giving up just 10 points and only 189 yards to a high-powered offense. 

Duds

Penalties

It’s hard to find something to nitpick about when the Badgers dominate a game like they did today. One thing that has plagued them all season is the penalties. They are in the top 3 in the Big Ten when it comes to penalty yardage per game and today we even saw a sideline infraction cost them 15 yards. Certainly, an area that Wisconsin will want to clean up as the year goes on. 

Graham Mertz

In my opinion, Mertz has been fantastic this season. With the weather today, I didn’t expect much from him in terms of numbers. Mertz finished 5/18 with just 77 yards, but aside from the poor numbers, he had a couple of questionable throws that looked like the old Graham. A few that could’ve been intercepted, he’s gotta shake off this poor performance and have a short memory.

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