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Hawaii vs. Wisconsin: Badgers overwhelm Rainbow Warriors 28-0

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The Badgers are 3-1 heading into Big Ten Conference play.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

MADISON -- The No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers continued to improve their running game heading into Big Ten Conference season, rushing for a season-high 326 yards in a 28-0 win over the Hawaii Warriors on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium.

The combination of Taiwan Deal and Dare Ogunbowale combined for 232 yards and three touchdowns on the evening. Deal, a redshirt freshman, rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns -- while Ogunbowale, a redshirt junior, gained 85 yards and a nine-yard touchdown as well. Both averaged 5.7 yards per carry.

Wisconsin controlled the clock, holding the ball for 39:47 and ran the ball 54 times Saturday. Joel Stave -- who completed 14-of-23 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown pass -- and the offense racked up 512 yards total against an overmatched Hawaii defense.

The Badgers for the third straight game did not allow a touchdown, holding the Warriors to 255 total yards. Though Hawaii threatened a few times, the defense did not break with key stops in the third quarter that was bolstered by a couple of Warriors' mistakes.

Redshirt senior Tanner McEvoy, who rushed for 15 yards on two carries, led the team in tackles with six. Senior outside linebacker Joe Schobert tallied two sacks to increase his season total to six. The Badgers as a whole broke up nine Hawaii passes.

Hawaii senior quarterback Max Wittek completed 15-of-32 passes for 189 yards, while the Badgers held junior running back Paul Harris to 22 yards on six carries.

Wisconsin will host Big Ten West division rival Iowa next Saturday in a key divisional match-up.