Recap: Wisconsin Blanks Hawaii

Running for a season-high 326 yards and seeing its defense hold another nonconference opponent without a touchdown, No.22 Wisconsin rolls into Big Ten conference action next week following a 28-0 shutout over Hawaii.

MADISON - Putting up big offensive numbers has been a challenge for the University of Wisconsin for the past two weeks against overmatched nonconference opponents. With the way the Badgers’ defense is performing, it hasn’t even mattered.

Wisconsin continued battered opposing offenses, holding its third straight opponent out of the end zone in a 28-0 victory over Hawaii in the Badgers’ first night game since 2012.

Through 12 quarters on its home turf, Wisconsin has given up only three points. And while the Badgers (3-1) didn’t force a turnover, UW’s unit held the Rainbow Warriors to 255 total yards, including only 15 rushing yards, and threw consistent pressure at Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek. UW finished the game with three sacks, including two by senior outside linebacker Joe Schobert.

Wisconsin’s running game also found a spark, a good sign for a program that won’t have star tailback Corey Clement for at least the next month. Redshirt freshman Taiwan Deal notched his first career 100-yard performance (26 carries for 147 yards) and punched in UW’s first two scores from two-yards out. Redshirt junior Dare Ogunbowale chipped in for 85 yards and the game’s final touchdown.

The Badgers finished with a season-high 326 rushing yards, scoring all of their rushing touchdowns out of a two fullback set that wore down the Warriors.

Pushing its nonconference home winning streak to 35, the seventh longest in NCAA history, Wisconsin hosts Iowa (4-0) in the final game of its four game home stand.

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Audio: Inside the Locker Room

Recap: Wisconsin kicks running game into gear in shutout over Hawaii

Taiwan Deal shows he's up for the challenge of replacing Corey Clement

Notes: Wisconsin's defense continues operating at a high level

No.22 Wisconsin 28, Hawaii 0

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

16 plays, 97 yards, 8:09 TOP, 4:27 left

Taiwan Deal 2-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: For a team that had struggled out of the gate, Wisconsin made an emphatic statement on its first drive. UW faced only one third down the entire drive, a third-and-1 that Deal coverted with a 9-yard run.

Second Quarter

14-0 Wisconsin

9 plays, 73 yards, 4:38 TOP, 0:38 left

Taiwan Deal 2-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: On third-and-2, Taiwan Deal took the handoff and broke the run outside, going for a career-long 17 yards to get the Badgers to the Hawaii 25-yard line.

Second Half

Third Quarter

21-0 Wisconsin

11 plays, 80 yards, 5:33 TOP, 0:53 left

Austin Traylor 12-yard pass from Joel Stave (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Derek Watt doesn't get the ball thrown his way very often but he certainly maximizes his opportunities. Open down the seam, Watt during a medium-length pass into a 27-yard catch-and-run. The longest play of the night for UW got the Badgers to the Hawaii 36.

Fourth Quarter

28-0 Wisconsin

8 plays, 67 yards, 4:01 TOP, 7:29 left

Dare Ogunbowale 9-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: The long-range passing game hasn't been clicking, but Stave found tight end Eric Steffes wide open in the flat, a play that resulted in 19 yards down to Hawaii 39.

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