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Now, I what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking I’m crazy because I am reporting on games that a month old and now I’m going back to Sept. 26 to cover Wisconsin’s game against Hawaii. What’s good coverage if I’m not covering every game this season? Garbage. That’s what it is. I refuse to be garbage, so I will cover every game this season. I don’t care if I have to go back months for this. I will. So anyways, Wisconsin just improved to 6-2 on the season against the Fighting Illini in my last post, but it’s Sept. 26 now and the Badgers are only 2-1 at this point. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (incredible name by the way) are 2-1, and it is a home game for the Badgers. I expected an easy win for the Badgers on this and was everybody else. Badgers were favored by 24.5 for this game, and the Badgers usually dominate unranked opponents at home (see Iowa post – https://goo.gl/zMqD0o).
The Badgers had full control of this game from start to finish. RB Taiwan Deal scored for the Badgers in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run in the red zone to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead. Deal was able to score again in the second quarter with another 2-yard run in the red zone giving the Badgers a 14-0 lead going into the half. Third quarter saw QB Joel Stave connect with TE Austin Traylor for a 12-yard touchdown pass to lift the Badgers 21-0. RB Dare Ogunbowale joined the scoring fun and had a 9-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 28-0 in the fourth quarter. This would be the eventual final score giving to help the Badgers improve to 3-1 and the Rainbow Warriors dropping to 2-2 on the season.
Badgers’ defense was on top of its game allowing only 36 yards of rushing and making Hawaii lose a total 21 yards bringing their total to only 16 yards in the game. Hawaii used two QB, Max Wittek and Makoa Camanse-Stevens, and they combined for 240 passing yards on 16 of 34 attempts. Wisconsin QB Stave had 164 yards on 14 of 23 attempts. The Badgers even brought in Bart Houston, who completed 1 of 2 attempts for 22 yards. Deal led the Badgers in rushing with 147 yards in 26 rushes and 2 touchdowns. Ogunbowale followed with 85 yards in 7 rushes with 1 touchdown. 8 Badgers had 2 tackles or more on the night, which helped them dominate over Hawaii. Wisconsin made the win look easy, and begin to start Big Ten Conference play on Oct. 3 (spoiler alert: offense is bad and Badgers lose) against the Hawkeyes of Iowa at home.