The Wisconsin Badgers dominated the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House tonight, 49-11, and move to 2-0 on the season.
After a program record setting starting debut for Graham Mertz in the season opener, Mertz got off to a slow start but eventually settled down.
Mertz was 12-of-22 throwing the ball for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Luckily, all Mertz needed to do tonight was be a game manager. The Badgers had 341 rushing yards.
Wisconsin had a 28-0 lead at halftime, the exact same halftime score in the matchup in Madison in 2019.
Michigan got into a little bit of an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 35-11 entering the fourth quarter.
But the Badgers defense made the adjustments and didn’t let Michigan get any closer.
The Wolverines finished with 219 total yards of offense (172 passing, 47 rushing) and committed two turnovers.
In fact, the two Michigan turnovers came on Joe Milton’s first two passes of the game that were intercepted.
Jalen Berger led the Badgers rushing attack with 87 yards on 15 carries.
In the last two meetings against the Wolverines, the Badgers have 700 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. The combined score in those two games: Wisconsin 84, Michigan 25.
The 49 points scored for the Badgers is the most points scored against Michigan in program history.
Who’s the player(s) of the game for Wisconsin? Paul Chryst and his staff. Despite quite a few key players not available tonight, the team was very well prepared and executed throughout.
As far as where Michigan and Jim Harbaugh go from here, well, here’s my blog from Monday.
The Badgers will travel to Evanston, Illinois to play the 4-0 Northwestern Wildcats in a very important game for both teams. The game will be on Saturday, November 21. Kickoff time hasn’t been announced yet and neither has what station will televise the game.