The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0 overall, 2-0 B1G) exorcised some demons in Evanston, Ill. whenever the hell Drew played this game by pounding the Northwestern Wildcats (2-4 overall, 1-2 B1G) into dust, 77-30.
Quarterback Jack Coan had his best game of the season, throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions while totaling 371 passing yards (22-of-25 on the day). He even added 17 yards on the ground!
The Badgers offense as a whole was clicking on all cylinders for the entire game. Jonathan Taylor ran for 181 yards and four touchdowns and John Chenal and Nakia Watson chipped in with rushing touchdowns too. Tight end Jake Ferguson had a breakout game, catching eight passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns, while Quintez Cephus had a “quiet” 7/104/1 line.
Wisconsin totaled 663 yards on offense, almost double NU’s time of possession, never punted and were a perfect nine-for-nine in the redzone.
The Northwestern offense was able to score twice as many points as the Badgers defense usually allows, but the Cats’ defense was basically a group of traffic cones that Taylor, Coan, Ferguson and Cephus ran through and around.
Wisconsin’s defensive line did a good job rushing the passer, recording six sacks and forcing one interception (made by Rachad Wildgoose) on the day.
Here are the rest of the stats from the game:
Here is the updated top-25 heading into the Illinois game and, as mentioned in the last post, there was a SHAKE UP in the top-10.
THE B1G HAS THE TOP THREE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY!!!!! SOUND THE ALARM!!!! Also, how did Mississippi State jump Florida after both teams were on a bye? I do NOT understand the rankings in this game.
Jonathan Taylor won another player of the week award...ho hum. How this didn’t go to Coan is also a mystery, but at least it went to a Badger.
The Badgers now turn their attention towards the Illinois Fighting Illini. In real life, well, I don’t know if these two teams played last year, but if they did...hopefully this is a cathartic ass-whooping.