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Now that we have gone over Hawaii’s game, we can get back from where we left off. Wisconsin has just defeated the Fighting Illini to improve to an overall 6-2 record and a 3-1 conference record. The Badgers are now back at home, and are now facing the 3-4 Rutgers. Looking at the odds, I had a good feeling about this game. Wisconsin was favored by 18. I should be a routine win for the Badgers, but let’s break it down to see what happened.
Badgers get on the board first with a breathtaking 49-yard kick from Kicker Rafael Gaglianone. It really was an amazing kick. Badgers are able to add to the lead when RB Corey Clement, returning from injury, runs in a 12-yard touchdown to make it 10-0. Rutgers are able to get on the board in the first with a field goal from Kicker Kyle Federico to make the game 10-3. Badgers answer back early in the second quarter when QB Joel Stave connects with WR Alex Erikson for a 31-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-3. From this point on, the show was run by the Badgers. Clement was able to score again in the first half with a 21-yard run to make it 24-3. Gaglianone decided to memorize the audience in attendance and every viewer at home with another glorious kick. This time it was a 27-yard field goal, and it increased the score to 27-3 going into the half.
Clement is at it again with a 1-yard touchdown run in the red zone to make this game 34-3. Rutgers defense is able to make a response when Stave throws an interception around midfield to DB Blessuan Austin, who will run the ball in for a touchdown to make the game 34-10. Badgers respond to that when RB Dare Ogunbowale gets a 4-yard touchdown in the red zone to make it 41-10. It’s going to be hard for the Rutgers to come back in the fourth quarter, and the Badgers will not make it easy and will take no mercy on the opponent. Badgers already with a solid 31-point lead decide to let Safety Tanner McEvoy run it in for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 48-10. Rutgers fail to score in the fourth, and Badgers are able to hold on and win 48-10.
This is Clement’s first game back since his injury earlier in the season, and he did not miss a single stride. He led Wisconsin with 115 yards on 11 rushes and had 3 touchdowns. The rushing game was not at its best, but it was able to rush for 209 total yards and produce 5 touchdowns. Badgers defense was on top of its game limiting the Rutgers to only 83 yards after the loss of yards. Rutgers were also held to 83 receiving yards as opposed to the Badgers 217 yards. Badgers improved to a 7-2 overall record and 4-1 conference record to keep up with Iowa in the Big Ten West standings. Badgers are looking good this season and have a chance to make to the Big Ten Championship game. Wisconsin will be getting on the road to face Maryland next.