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GAME NOTES: Wisconsin 49, Michigan 11

This...this was a good game.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the game notes curated by the UW Athletic Department after the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 overall) mercilessly beat down the Michigan Wolverines (1-3 overall) 49-11 on Saturday night.

  • The Badgers won for the fifth time in their last seven meetings with Michigan.
  • Wisconsin’s 38-point win was its largest-ever margin of victory over Michigan, surpassing the previous mark of 22 in a 34-12 win in Ann Arbor on Nov. 3, 1962.
  • The Badgers 49 points is also the most UW has ever scored against the Wolverines, surpassing the previous high of 48 in a 48-28 win on Nov. 20, 2010.
  • Combined with last year’s 35-14 victory at Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin has recorded wins over Michigan in consecutive seasons for the fourth time in school history (1959-60, 1993-94, 2009-10).
  • The Badgers posted a 28-0 halftime lead over the Wolverines for the second straight season. That advantage marked the largest halftime deficit for the Wolverines in the history of Michigan Stadium, which opened in 1927.
  • The Badgers ran for 341 yards and five touchdowns. Including last season’s win over Michigan, UW has now ran for 700 yards on 108 carries (6.5 ypc) with 10 touchdowns in the last two meetings.
  • Wisconsin limited Michigan to one (1) total yard in the first quarter, holding the Wolverines without a first down on just seven total plays. Of Michigan’s three possessions in the first quarter, two ended in interceptions and the other was a three-and-out.
  • The Badgers held the ball for 11:33 of the first quarter, with Michigan’s time of possession at just 3:27.
  • Overall, UW owned a 40:15 to 19:45 edge in time of possession.
  • The Badgers were a perfect 6-for-6 in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on each of their six trips inside the 20-yard line. Michigan was 0-for-1.
  • Redshirt freshman QB Graham Mertz finished 12-for-22 for 127 yards with two TDs and 0 INTs.
  • Through two games this season, Mertz is now 32-for-43 for 375 yards with seven TDs and 0 INTs
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  • Junior TE Jake Ferguson pulled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mertz in the third quarter, giving him four TDs on the season.
  • Ferguson has caught at least one pass in each of his 29 career games, matching the nation’s fifth longest active streak.
  • Senior WR Danny Davis III scored his second-career rushing touchdown on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also set career highs in both carries (seven) and yards (65).
  • Freshman WR Chimere Dike made the first start of his career and hauled in the first two catches of his career for 29 yards. He also posted a 30-yard carry.
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  • Sophomore RB Nakia Watson doubled his career touchdown output by scoring a career-best two rushing touchdowns. He opened the scoring for the Badgers with a two-yard run in the first quarter and added a 10-yard TD in the second quarter. He finished with 65 rushing yards, the second-highest total of his career.
  • Freshman RB Jalen Berger made his Badgers debut and led the Badgers with 87 yards rushing on 15 carries including a 23-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
  • Senior FB Mason Stokke matched his career high with a pair of touchdowns. He scored a one-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, the second TD catch of his career — and second in as many games. He added a one-yard touchdown run — the third rushing TD of his career — on the first play of the second quarter to give UW a 21-0 lead.
  • Junior FB John Chenal ran for a career-high 71 yards on six rushes.
  • Redshirt freshman RB Stephan Bracey got his first-career carry, toting the ball for three yards.
  • Sophomore ILB Leo Chenal recorded the first interception of his career on the Wolverines’ second series of the game, returning it 31 yards. He also posted his second-career sack.
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  • Freshman OLB Nick Herbig recorded a career-high five tackles, including 3.0 TFLs.
  • Sophomore LB C.J. Goetz set a new career high with four tackles.
  • Junior S Scott Nelson recorded the second interception of his career on the Wolverines’ first play from scrimmage. The pick came on Nelson’s first play since leaving the Badgers’ 2019 season opener with a knee injury. He also tied for the team lead with five tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss.