MADISON - Home cooking continues to be a good recipe for the University of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was dominant in all three phases and overwhelmed Maryland, 52-7, at Camp Randall Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools.
In five home games this season, the Badgers have outscored their opponents 222 to 65.
Melvin Gordon scored three touchdowns in the first half and Wisconsin’s defense held Maryland to 64 first-half yards. The Badgers built a 24-0 halftime lead and were never threatening in the second half thanks to the passing attack of quarterback Joel Stave.
The Badgers threw for 216 yards against the Terrapins (5-3, 2-2), 155 coming from the arm of Stave, who completed passes of 43 and 47 yards (the two longest of the season) and a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Tanner McEvoy played sparingly, but registered a 60-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter that was another nail in Maryland’s coffin.
The Badgers ran for 296 yards against the Terps, who entered the game 102nd in the country against the run, giving up 198.3 yards per game.
Not giving up a score until the final minute, Wisconsin’s defense held Maryland to 175 total yards, including just 46 rushing yards and 3-for-15 on third down.
After gaining 40 yards in 10 plays in their opening series, the Terrapins didn’t have a drive longer than four plays until their final drive of the game, a span of 12 series.
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4 plays, 65 yards, 1:47 TOP, 9:11 left
Melvin Gordon 6-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: A deep pass to a receiver IS possible. Rolling to his right off play action, Stave connected with Alex Erickson, who made a leaping grab after getting a step on his defender. The play went for 43 yards - the longest of the season - down to the Maryland 6.
9 plays, 35 yards, 3:57 TOP, 3:46 left
FG Rafael Gaglianone 36
Key Play: The bye week has apparently let Wisconsin's creative juices run wild. On a short field, Drew Meyer perfectly executed the jump pass to Troy Fumagalli for a 17-yard gain on fourth down to keep the drive moving.
6 plays, 29 yards, 2:29 TOP, 14:57 left
Melvin Gordon 1-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Little is going right for Maryland on its first trip to Wisconsin. Quarterback C.J. Brown and Brandon Ross botch the handoff attempt and Vince Biegel recovered at the Maryland 29. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but was reversed after replays showed Biegel recovered the fumble with his knee down.
11 plays, 65 yards, 5:39 TOP, 6:40 left
Melvin Gordon 3-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: With Tanner McEvoy playing his first series, the junior quarterback did what he does best. With no targets open, McEvoy tucked the ball and hit the open field, scrambling 17 yards down to the Maryland 24.
1 play, 47 yards, :09 TOP, 8:45 left
Alex Erickson 47-yard pass from Joel Stave (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Melvin Gordon coming in motion froze the defensive backs just long enough for Alex Erickson to get a step behind the defense, making him a prime target for Stave.
4 plays, 57 yards, 1:52 TOP, 3:31 left
Sam Arneson 8-yard pass from Joel Stave (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Most of Gordon's runs have been of the grinding variety, but the junior bounced one to the outside for 22 yards that set UW up at the Maryland 9-yard line.
3 plays, 67 yards, 1:18 TOP, 13:42 left
Tanner McEvoy 60-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: On the zone-read keeper, McEvoy had a huge running lane between the tackles and got stellar downfield blocking from his receivers, clearing a path for a run to the end zone.
11 plays, 79 yards, 6:24 TOP, 4:53 left
Corey Clement 3-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Austin Traylor caught an 11-yard pass on third-and-5 and midfield, but coughed up the football. Luckily Rob Havenstein was there to fall on the football to keep the drive alive..
8 plays, 73 yards, 3:49 TOP, :57 left
Stefon Diggs 21-yard pass from C.J. Brown (GBrad Craddock kick)
Key Play: Diggs got a step on Devin Gaulden and made a leaping catch in the end zone.
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