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We are now only a few weeks behind on the coverage, and things are getting excited for the Badgers. Now with a nice 7-2 overall record and 4-1 conference record have a chance to make the Big Ten Championship Game if they keep performing well and Iowa loses a game. Wisconsin is on the road facing Maryland (2-6). Despite the differences in records, the Badgers were only favored by 9.5, which is not that much, so Maryland can easily off an upset. But despite those odds, I still had a good feeling about this game (I always do. I think this team is going to go 12-0 every year).
Maryland was first on the first board with a 7-yard touchdown run from RB Wes Brown to make it 7-0 Maryland. The Badgers answered back immediately with a 98-yard kick return from CB Natrell Jamerson to tie it at 7-7. Wisconsin RB was able to run away with the ball for a 21-yard touchdown late in the first to make it 14-7 Wisconsin. Maryland had the ball to start the second and was able to make a decent drive to set up kicker Adam Greene for a 44-yard field goal. Kick was good to make the score 14-10. Wisconsin Kicker Rafael Gaglianone was able to answer back after a good drive for the Badgers. Gaglianone was set up for a 28-yard field goal that beautifully done. No other kicker is as good as him in the game of college football right now (we’ll agree to disagree on this). Score is now 17-10. Maryland is able to strike back late in the first half when QB Perry Mills connects with WR D.J. Moore for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Score is tied at 17-17 going into the half.
Normally, I would be freaking out about a score like. I don’t know if can trust Wisconsin to come back from something. I’ll have my faith in it and I’ll pray to Lil B to make it happen, but I sometimes even I think that is not enough. Third quarter was quiet, but enough happened to put the Badgers out in front. RB Alec Ingold in the red zone finds the end zone for a 1-yard running touchdown to put the Badgers ahead 24-17. Wisconsin opens the fourth quarter with a touchdown. QB Joel Stave finds RB Dare Ogunbowale in the red zone for a 7-yard touchdown pass to give the Badgers a larger lead, 21-17. Maryland answers back late in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass from QB Caleb Rowe to WR Levern Jacobs. Almost three minutes left in the game, so Lil B took the wheel on this one and was able to help the Badgers hold onto the lead in a tight situation.
QB Joel Stave had 188 yards and completed 15 of 24 attempts with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Badgers rushing was held off with 119 yards after loss of yards. Badgers receiving was able to come through offensively with 188 total yards. Badgers defense was on top of its game forcing both Maryland QB to have a completion rate of less than 40 percent and an interception each. With another clutch win, the Badgers improved to 8-2 on the season and 5-1 in Big Ten play. The Badgers are making a statement to be a team to watch out for in the remaining 2 games in the regular season. Badgers have a bye week for Nov. 14, but will be back in action Nov. 21 as they Northwestern at home.