Sep 24, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Jack Sawyer (33) sacks Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) during the first half of the NCAA Division I football game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch Ncaa Football Wisconsin Badgers At Ohio State Buckeyes

Post Game Recap: Wisconsin Badgers fall to Buckeyes 52-21

No. 3 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) made Saturday night miserable for the Wisconsin Badgers (2-2, 0-1) as C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, and Emeka Egbuka led the Buckeyes to a dominating 52-21 victory.

Wisconsin Badgers Crushed in Columbus

Ohio State opened the game with a six-play, 88-yard scoring drive in the first three minutes, which OSU parlayed into a 28-0 scoring run in the first 21 minutes of the game.

C.J. Stroud found the tight end, Cade Stover, in the endzone twice in the first quarter, setting the tone for the entire game. Stover finished with four receptions on six targets resulting in 51 receiving yards and those two touchdowns.

Ohio State’s 539 yards were the most allowed by the Badgers since OSU totaled 558 against UW in the 2014 Big Ten title game.

Coming off a blowout win over New Mexico State last weekend, Graham Mertz and the Badgers’ offense came out flat against the Buckeye defense.

Mertz finished the game with 11 completions on 20 passes, and he passed for a mere 94 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and an interception that came early in the first quarter.

Braelon Allen carried much of the offensive load on Saturday, rushing for 165 yards on 23 attempts, including a 75-yard touchdown.

What’s Next?

Following Saturday’s loss, the Badgers will return to Madison to face the 3-1 University of Illinois Fighting Illini on October 1. That game is scheduled to kick off at 11:00 a.m. CST on Big Ten Network.


 

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Sep 3, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) celebrates following a touchdown during the third quarter against the Illinois State Redbirds at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 3, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) celebrates following a touchdown during the third quarter against the Illinois State Redbirds at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers Defeat New Mexico State Aggies 66-7 by Offensive Onslaught

An explosive game on offense led by quarterback Graham Mertz and running backs Braelon Allen and Isaac Guerendo gave the Wisconsin Badgers a dominating 66-7 win over the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday in Madison. The team posted 595 yards of total offense in the game, scoring every quarter.

Mertz Shows Prowess in the Pocket

Graham Mertz only threw 15 passes on Saturday.

That was all he needed to give his team the victory.

Mertz finished the afternoon with 12 completed passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, only being sacked once. He posted a 273.23 passer rating (approximately 130 in NFL terms) and averaged 20.9 yards per completion. Two of his touchdowns found the hands of redshirt freshman receiver Skyler Bell, including a 49-yard touchdown five minutes into the third quarter. This touchdown is Bell’s first of his collegiate career.

Big Game Braelon

It wasn’t just the passing game that showed up to play Saturday.

Braelon Allen came, too.

Allen broke loose within the first two minutes of the game, taking the ball for a 39-yard touchdown following a great kickoff return by running back Isaac Guerendo. The sophomore from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin finished the game with three touchdowns total to go along with 86 rushing yards. Allen has eight rushing touchdowns through three games this season, nearing his season total from last year (12).

But, it wasn’t just Braelon Allen controlling the ground game on Saturday. He brought his entire running back room with him.

Speaking of Isaac Guerendo, the Badgers’ backup running back posted two rushing touchdowns of his own. He found the end zone late in the third quarter on a three-yard carry, as well as the early fourth quarter with a 30-yard carry. Other backup running back Chez Mellusi took one to the house as well with a two-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Junior running back Julius Davis got some action on the field, too, rushing for 45 yards on nine carries, including a 33-yard run.

What’s Next

Following Saturday’s game, the Badgers travel to Columbus, Ohio for their first conference matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. CST and will air on ABC.


 

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Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) hands the football off to running back Braelon Allen (0) during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Badgers Come Up Short in Back-and-Forth Battle, Lose 17-14 in Week 2

Saturday’s football game between the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers and the Washington State Cougars was par for the course in what the media described as “Upset Saturday.” Wisconsin was among the notable top 25 teams to lose, joining No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 6 Texas A&M.

The back-and-forth contest featured three turnovers from each team: Wisconsin taking the ball away twice via interception and one via fumble. On the flip side, Wisconsin gave the ball away twice on the ground and once through the air.

The comparisons between Wisconsin and Washington State end here, as the box score tells an entirely different story than the outcome.

Stats Favor the Badgers

If you look at the box score, you’d probably assume Wisconsin won, considering the Badgers bested the Cougars in nearly every team stat. UW produced 401 yards on offense, which bested the Cougars by 148 yards.

Wisconsin also came out on top in yards per play (5.3), first downs (23), third down efficiency (7/15), total plays (75), and time of possession (38:04).

New Cougars Play Key Role Against Defense

During the offseason, Washington State brought in two key assets to help improve their offense; quarterback Cameron Ward and former Wisconsin running back Nakia Watson.

Watson struck first against his former team, finding paydirt from two yards out to put the Cougars ahead with 9:47 left in the second quarter.

Then in the third quarter, Washington State’s new playmakers connected for their second touchdown of the day when Ward found Watson on a 31-yard touchdown pass. This score ended up being the difference in the ball game.

One Bright Spot

On a day when former Badgers tight end Travis Beckum was being honored for his induction into the Badger Hall of Fame (class of 2022), current Badgers TE Clay Cundiff had an impressive day of his own.

In the middle of the second quarter, QB Graham Mertz connected with Cundiff on a 17-yard pass to knot things up at 14 apiece.

A little over 6 minutes later, Mertz connected with the 6-foot-3, 236-pound TE on a 10-yard touchdown across the middle of the field.

Cundiff finished the day with four catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns.

What’s Next?

Following Saturday’s game, the Badgers (1-1) will remain in Madison to host the New Mexico State Aggies (0-2). The game starts at 2:30 PM CST and will air on BTN.


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Paul Chryst of the Wisconsin Badgers looks on from the sidelines against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on December 30, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Badgers defeated the Sun Devils 20-13. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Football: Badgers fall in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll

The Associated Press released its latest Top 25 Poll on Tuesday afternoon, and the Wisconsin Badgers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) have dropped one spot.

Following a 38-0 win over the Illinois State Redbirds, the Badgers dropped to No. 19 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. Although the Badgers notched a convincing victory, it wasn’t enough to move up or stay at its No. 18 preseason ranking.

Wisconsin is one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Other Big Ten teams include Ohio State (No. 3), Michigan (No. 4), and Michigan State (No. 14).

The Wisconsin Badgers will play host to the Washington State Cougars (1-0) on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium at 2:30 PM as they look to remain undefeated in non-conference play.


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