The Wisconsin Badgers (3-3, 1-2) escaped with a 20-14 win over the Army Black Knights (4-2) at Camp Randall Stadium in the first ever non-conference meeting between the two programs.
Just remember, had Wisconsin lost this game, it’s an honor to lose to the United States Army and no one should have said anything mean to me. But luckily, we didn’t lose.
After watching Army run their first five plays, I can confirm that my brain is not strong enough to follow the ball in a triple-option offense.
UW running back Isaac Guerendo had surgery on his foot on Thursday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
I thought the offense played really well in the first half, but they struggled against Army’s tough defense in the second half.
Graham Mertz completed 8-of-15 passes for 112 yards and did run for two touchdowns. But Mertz did fumble on UW’s first possession of the game which was his 10th turnover of the season.
Mertz was semi-adequate tonight. He did a couple nice things, but he also forced too many passes into double coverage or over threw open receivers.
The 17-year old true freshman Braelon Allen had another great game. He ran for 108 yards on 16 carries (6.8 average) and also ran for a touchdown.
Chez Mellusi had a solid game as well. Mellusi ran for 68 yards on 16 carries (4.25 average).
Jake Ferguson had four receptions for 58 yards and Danny Davis had two receptions for 48 yards.
The UW defense was phenomenal for the first three quarters, but did allow two fourth quarter touchdowns. But the unit stepped up when needed.
Tonight’s victory came hours after the Purdue Boilermakers stunned the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes, 24-7, at Kinnick Stadium which is usually a house of horrors.
The Wisconsin Badgers are officially in control of their destiny to represent the West in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Title game if UW can take care of their own business.
It’s an intriguing next two weeks for the Badgers.
UW plays at Purdue (4-2, 2-1) next week and then host Iowa (6-1, 3-1) in two weeks.
If UW wins these next two games, they’ll be in the drivers seat to win the Big Ten West Division title.
The Badgers travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to play Purdue next Saturday, October 23rd. Kickoff time is set for 2:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).