FULL RECAP: Wisconsin shellacks New Mexico State in a 66-7 rout

MADISON — The Wisconsin Badgers (2-1, 0-0 convention) defeated the New Mexico State Aggies (0-4, 0-0 convention) in dominating trend, 66-7.

The Wisconsin offense scored its first, first quarter landing of the season, on its opening drive, following an Isaac Guerendo 50-yard return of the opening kick.

With the quick subject, Braelon Allen carried thrice, together with his remaining carry of the drive going for a 39-yard landing. It was Allen’s first of three touchdowns in the sport.

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This is the third time in Allen’s quick collegiate profession, that he has scored thrice in a sport.

Allen completed with 15 carries for 86 yards and his three scores, earlier than exiting in the third quarter.

Following back-to-back drives that ended in punts, the Wisconsin offense discovered it is stride, because the Badgers scored on 4 consecutive drives in the second quarter, getting touchdowns from Chez Mellusi, Allen and Skyler Bell, pushing its strategy to 35-points benefit at halftime.

Graham Mertz had himself a sport as effectively for the cardinal and white, finishing 12-of-15 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, finishing passes to 5 totally different receivers. Mertz pushed his season whole of landing passes to 6, by means of the primary three video games. It took Mertz 9 video games to throw his sixth landing cross, through the 2021 season.

Mertz additionally threw his second interception of the season, which was tipped, on a cross supposed for Skyler Bell.

Two of Mertz’s three landing passes went to Bell, who completed the sport with 4 receptions for 108 yards, to go together with his two scores. While Keontez Lewis hauled in an 18-yard landing reception as effectively.

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Wish Bell going over the century mark in the win, Wisconsin now has two 100-yard receivers in the primary three video games of the season, with Chimere Dike going to 106 yards in the season opener.

The final time Wisconsin had a 100 yard receiver, previous to Dike and Bell, was Quintez Chefhus, through the 2019 season.

As you possibly can think about, with Wisconsin placing up 66 factors, its passing sport was not the one aspect of the offense that was discovering its stride in the win. Wisconsin totaled 595 yards, with 335 yards coming by means of the air and 260 approaching the bottom.

Wisconsin had three gamers rush for 70-or-more yards in the sport, with Allen’s 86 yards, Mellusi’s 71 yards on 10 carries and Guerendo’s 74 yards on 12 carries.

Guerendo capped off an 8-play, 70-yard drive in the third quarter, which was led by Myles Burkett, as soon as Mertz’s day was accomplished. Burkett was 3-3 for 63 yards on the scoring drive, finishing all three of his passes to Dean Engram, the transformed defensive again, who recorded his first receptions of his profession.

Burkett completed 4-of-5 for 84 yards.

Guerendo would later add a second dashing landing on a 30-yard rush.

Nate Van Zelst, who was filling in for Vito Calvaruso made his solely subject objective try, from 27 yards.

Defensively, Wisconsin was suffocating in the sport, solely permitting the Aggies to amass 242 whole yards, most of which had been gained on two drives — the Aggies closed out the primary half with a 13-play, 82-yard drive, which ended in a missed subject objective and the Aggies scored their solely landing of the sport, capping off a 7-play, 75-yard drive, with an Ahmonte Watkins, 1-yard landing run.

Apart from New Mexico State’s two drives the place they amassed 20 performs, totaling 157 yards, the Aggie’s solely managed 85 yards on its 46 different offensive performs, in the sport.

New Mexico State completed 4-of-15 on third downs and transformed 14 whole first downs, with six of their first downs approaching their two most profitable drives.

The Wisconsin protection additionally continued its pattern of taking the ball away, forcing three turnovers — all interceptions, main two 10 factors off of turnovers.

Maema Njongmeta intercepted Gavin Frakes, organising Allen’s second landing and Jake Chaney intercepted Frakes, which led to Van Zelst’s subject objective.

Ricardo Hallman intercepted Diego Pavia in the primary quarter. Wisconsin now has seven interceptions on the season, by seven totally different gamers.

With Wisconsin’s non-conference slate of video games coming to an finish, the Badgers will journey to Columbus, OH, for a match up with No. 3 Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 convention) — on the time of posting, Ohio State was up 56-21 over Toledo, enjoying in its third sport of the season.

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