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Akron vs. Wisconsin: Badgers trounce Zips 54-10

A dominant effort by the Badgers in their home opener.

NCAA Football: Akron at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

MADISON — A week after their upset win over No. 5 LSU, the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers overwhelmed and pummeled the Akron Zips Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.

From the first offensive snap of the game, UW established its running game on the way to rushing for 294 yards in a 54-10 win. It was also a balanced effort through the air, as the Badgers threw for 292 yards, 231 from the arm of redshirt senior quarterback Bart Houston.

Senior running back Corey Clement rushed for 111 yards on 21 carries with two rushing touchdowns, though he suffered a left leg injury and was announced out for the rest of the game in the third quarter.

A week after tight end Troy Fumagalli shined in Green Bay, Jazz Peavy caught seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdown passes in the first half. He and senior wide receiver Robert Wheelwright combined for 11 catches for 199 yards on the afternoon.

Overall, Wisconsin dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for 40:52 to Akron's 19:08.

Wisconsin’s defense contained the Akron offense, allowing only 224 and forcing two critical turnovers when the Zips were driving. Derrick Tindal’s strip of Warren Ball after a 38-yard run was recovered by senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton. Safety Leo Musso later intercepted a Thomas Woodson pass to thwart another scoring opportunity.

Justin Wilcox’s defense held Akron to 1-of-10 on third-down attempts.

The Badgers stay at Camp Randall next week to face Georgia State, an 11 a.m. kickoff.

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