MADISON - There would be no upset on the first home Saturday of the University of Wisconsin’s 2015 season.
With an offense hitting all cylinders as the first quarter came to a close and a defense that was on point from the start, Wisconsin gave Paul Chryst his first win as head coach with a dominating 58-0 victory over Miami University at Camp Randall Stadium.
It was the third straight season the Badgers delivered a shutout and a big part of it was timely defensive plays. Creating four turnovers, including three interceptions by the secondary, Wisconsin scored 10 points off miscues and stunted the Redhawks’ best scoring chance when safety Leo Musso intercepted his second pass at UW’s 3 late in the third.
Senior quarterback Joel Stave was again on point, throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns before giving way to backup Bart Houston late in the third quarter. Through two games, Stave is completing 65 percent of his passes with a touchdown-interception ratio of 5:2.
Three of those scores have gone in the direction of junior Rob Wheelwright, who had two scoring grabs in the first half and leads the team with three on the season.
Wisconsin’s running game started slow (only 58 yards at halftime) but finished strong. Dare Ogunbowale rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and Taiwan Deal scored the first two touchdowns of his career with a pair of 1-yard scampers.
Wisconsin (1-1) continues its four game homestead by hoisting Troy next weekend at 2:30 p.m.
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11 plays, 71 yards, 5:06 TOP, 9:47 left
FG Rafael Gaglianone 29
Key Play: With Corey Clement out with a left groin injury, Joel Stave went to his most reliable weapon in the passing game. Targeting senior Alex Erickson three times, the duo combined for three catches for 53 yards. UW thought it had a first down on a catch by Dare Ogunbowale, but the redshirt junior's knee was down at the completion of the catch, prompting the field goal.
4 plays, 6 yards, 1:22 TOP, 3:58 left
FG Rafael Gaglianone 25
Key Play: Wisconsin's first forced turnover of 2015 was a big one. Trying to make something out of nothing, Miami punt returner Kenny Young lost the football after a hit by Sojourn Shelton. Long snapper Connor Udelhoven recovered to set up the kick.
3 plays, 16 yards, 1:16 TOP, 0:06 left
Rob Wheelwright 12-yard pass from Joel Stave (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: On a line drive punt, Alex Erickson - UW's new punt returner this season - found a seam up the middle and broke the run toward the UW sideline. The 36-yard return put Wisconsin in prime scoring position at the Miami 16.
8 plays, 42 yards, 2:56 TOP, 10:40 left
Austin Traylor 20-yard pass from Joel Stave (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Not only was Wisconsin fortunate to recover Alex Erickson's muffed attempt to field a rugby punt, the Badgers drew a 15-yard unsporstmanlike conduct penalty against Miami as officials were sifting through the pile.
2 plays, 4 yards, 1:00 TOP, 6:32 left
Taiwan Deal 1-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: After Joel Stave's interception, Tanner McEvoy helped his quarterback out by stepping in front of an out route for the pick. To make things better, he returned it 41 yards to get UW inside the 5.
9 plays, 93 yards, 1:52 TOP, :50 left
Rob Wheelwright 15-yard pass from Joel Stave (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Continuing to emerge as a reliable receiving threat, Rob Wheelwright made a tremendous leaping catch on a back-shoulder throw from Stave for the touchdown.
4 plays, 31 yards, :21 TOP, 0:00 left
FG Gaglianone 37
Key Play: Instead of kneeling on the ball and settling for halftime, Joel Stave hit Rob Wheelwright on a pair of sideline routes for 16 and 15 to get into field goal range.
3 plays, 17 yards, 1:17 TOP, 7:29 left
Deal 1-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: On the team's longest run of the season, Dare Ogunbowale cut outside, managed to keep his footing after being tripped up and made it all the way the 1-yard line, a gain of 16 yards.
6 plays, 62 yards, 2:48 TOP, 2:35 left
Dare Ogunbowale 35-yard run (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Finally getting a nice hole to run through thanks to a seal block from Dan Voltz and Walker Williams kicking out his target, Ogunbowale waited patiently for the hole to develop and was off to the races.
10 plays, 63 yards, 5:56 TOP, 4:57 left
Caleb Kinlaw 5-yard pass from Bart Houston (Jack Russell kick)
Key Play: Wide open out of the backfield, Kinlaw caught his first career catch and scored his first career to put a bow on the blowout.
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