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QUICK RECAP: No. 8 Wisconsin shows flashes of brilliance in shut out of Kent State

Badgers record their third shut out of the season in controlled demolition of Kent State.

@B5QPhotos; Matt Fleming

MADISON, WIS. - The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0, 2-0 B1G) shutout Kent State (2-3, 1-0 MAC), 48-0.

Wisconsin started off the game, as it has every other game this season, with a Jonathan Taylor touchdown.

Taylor took the final carry of Wisconsin’s 9-play, 68 yard opening drive, six yards to pay dirt, bouncing to the right behind the Hippo formation.

However, Taylor was not done there, as he scored three more times in the first half, as Wisconsin took a 28-0 lead into halftime.

Taylor scored rushing touchdowns from 19 and four yards and then added an 18-yard receiving touchdown.

He then opened the second half for Wisconsin, scoring on a 48-yard rush. This score would tie the school record for touchdowns in a single game.

Taylor would not return to the game following his fifth score, finishing with 19 carries for 186 yards and three receptions for 29 yards.

@B5QPhotos; Matt Fleming

This was Taylor’s 27th career game with 100 or more rushing yards. Taylor also moved into third place all-time at Wisconsin, with 4,916 yards, passing Melvin Gordon.

Jack Coan put his game against Northwestern behind him, completing 12 of 15 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Coan was spelled by Graham Mertz, who played in his second game of the season.

Defensively, Wisconsin limited the Golden Flashes all game, holding them to 124 total yards on the afternoon.

Wisconsin got to the quarterback repeatedly, as three players recorded multiple sacks in the game.

Chris Orr followed up his Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors, by recording two sacks for the second week in a row. Prior to last week, Orr had zero sacks on the season.

Jack Sanborn with the sack.
@B5QPhotos; Matt Fleming

Zach Baun recorded three sacks, bringing his season-total to six and Jack Sanborn added two of his own while true freshman Leo Chenal added one.

Chenal also recovered a fumble when Golden Flashes back-up quarterback Woody Barrett cocked back to pass and had the ball slip out of his hands. Chenal picked it up and returned it 14 yards.

Wisconsin only failed to score on three drives in the shutout victory. One of which was the final drive of the game.