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After losing their season opener to Alabama, Wisconsin routed the Redhawks of Miami Ohio on Saturday September 12. The Badgers were able to shutout the Redhawks with a score of 58-0. The game against Miami Ohio started a stretch of non-conference home games for the Badgers that should be fairly easy for the team. The win not only brought Wisconsin back into the AP Top 25 with a No. 24 ranking, it also brought a debut home victory for new head coach Paul Chryst. Quarterback Joel Stave had an impressive game and was able to bounce back from the loss against Alabama. Stave threw for 236 yards, three touchdowns and completed 19 of 30 passes. Stave and the Badgers were up 44-0 in the third quarter by the time he left the game. The Badgers defense was able to keep the Redhawks offense under control holding their running game to minus three yards. Former Badgers QB Tanner McEvoy took the role of both receiver and safety in the game, and he was able to record a 41-yard interception that set the team up for an easy touchdown. Wisconsin safety Leo Musso was also able to get two interceptions. The Badgers defense also held the Redhawks offense to only 160 passing yards. The win was a great bounce back for the Badgers after the 35-17 loss in week one. The win is able to give Badgers a boost of confidence going into these easy home games against non-conference opponents. the Badgers look to continue with their dominant defense and offense at home later today against the Troy Trojans (1-1) from Troy University at 2:30 p.m.. The Trojans are coming off a 44-16 win against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Even with both teams coming off large victories, Wisconsin is predicted to win 52-14. Should be another great day to be a Badger fan.