MADISON - After getting pushed around in the opener, the University of Wisconsin is starting to see its defense show its teeth.
It wasn't the prettiest performances offensively, but Wisconsin's defense delivered another impressive outing in a 21-3 victory over Troy at Camp Randall Stadium.
Facing an offense averaging 32.5 points and 339.5 yards per game, the Badgers limited Troy to 255 and its lowest point total in almost a calendar year. Wisconsin delivered seven tackles for loss, three sacks and three pass breakups.
Joel Stave continued his tremendous start to 2015 by completing 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. Stave also ran for a 4-yard touchdown - one of three rushing touchdowns in the game for Wisconsin - in the final minute of the first half to give the Badgers a 14-3 heading into the locker room.
With Corey Clement (left groin) missing his second straight game, Taiwan Deal and Dare Ogunbowale got the majority of the work. Deal registered a career high in yards (16-for-84) while Ogunbowale (14-for-75) got things started for the Badgers with a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
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6 plays, 81 yards, 2:55 TOP, 6:49 left
Dare Ogunbowale 17-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: After Alex Erickson muffed a punt, causing a 13-yard loss, Joel Stave came out throwing on first down and hit Rob Wheelwright - his new favorite target - for 30 yards to get UW near midfield. The 30-yard completion was the longest of the season for UW.
12 plays, 65 yards, 5:31 TOP, 1:13 left
FG Ryan Kay 32
Key Play: Coming unblocked around the edge, Leon Jacobs has a clear path to Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers and delivered a monster hit that knocked the QB's helmet off. Unfortunately for him and Wisconsin, Jacobs was flagged a 15-yard penalty - moving Troy to the UW 46 - and was ejected.
7 plays, 90 yards, 2:38 TOP, 0:39 left
Joel Stave 4-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: Backed into a corner, facing a first-and-25 from its own 10, Joel Stave flipped the field on three straight pass plays, including a 45-yard catch-and-run to Alex Erickson down the middle of the field to get UW to the Troy 10.
7 plays, 67 yards, 3:16 TOP, 7:16 left
Tanner McEvoy 32-yard run (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: McEvoy's name had hardly been called but exploited all sides of the field on consecutive carries. After a jet sweep to the Troy sidelined netted him nine yards, McEvoy took the direct snap, found a seam on the right side of the line and managed to score despite being nearly tripped up inside the 5.
2 plays, 39 yards, 0:57 TOP, 5:07 left
Austin Traylor 1-yard pass from Joel Stave (Gaglianone kick)
Key Play: After thwarting Troy's fourth-down attempt, Stave came out throwing on first down, hitting a wide-open Austin Traylor for 38 yards down to the Troy 1-yard line.
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