The Wisconsin Badgers (5-3, 3-2) take down the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-2), 27-7, at Camp Randall Stadium and the Heartland Trophy is back home in Madison. The Badgers are now the team to beat in the Big Ten West division.
Winning is fun!!
UW ran for 166 yards on 48 carries (3.5 average), had 104 passing yards and the UW defense allowed 156 total yards.
Welcome back, Badger football! Oh, how I missed you!
Friendly reminder that Wisconsin has the best defense in the country and the best linebacker group in the country and it isn’t even close.
Graham Mertz finished the game completing 11-of-22 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown and two rushing touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 77.1.
Mertz was sharp and started the game completing 8-of-9 passes, but then finished the game completing 3 of his final 13 attempts.
True freshman Braelon Allen was a beast again today running the ball. Allen rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries (5.2 average). Have you heard on TV that he’s only 17?! It’s the fourth-straight 100+ rushing game from Allen.
I believe Wisconsin is plus-6 in the turnover margin (8 takeaways, 2 turnovers) in the last two games, which have been against ranked teams. Plus-3 in both games. Won by 17 and 20. Amazing what happens when you take the ball away on defense and protect it on offense.
Many people don’t know this, but Wisconsin and Iowa use the same playbook and I got my hands on it once again. Some added wrinkles to this year’s scheme:
Paul Chryst went off script in the first half and it was beautiful. Most unpredictable offense you’ll ever see.
Then there was Kirk Ferentz making some adjustments to the original game script:
The last time Iowa allowed more than 24 points was on November 23rd, 2018 — a span of 29 games — that UW snapped today with 27 points.
UW tight end Clay Cundiff suffered what appeared to be a nasty injury to hit right leg today, which he needed an air cast and ambulance to help him off the field. Your heart breaks when you see an ambulance come and help a guy off the field no matter what team he plays for.
Paul Chryst on the Badgers overcoming the 1-3 start to the season: “I think their approach has been consistent. That’s what I’ve appreciated. I think that’s a group that values the day-to-day work that you have to put in.”
Wisconsin’s top two healthy fullbacks — John Chenal and Marty Strey — both got dinged up today. Tough timing to be Quan Easterling.
The Badgers are all the way back.
Wisconsin will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-4, 1-4) at SHI Stadium next Saturday, November 6th. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).