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Wisconsin dominates from start to finish in a 54-10 blowout over Akron in the Badgers' home opener

Tailback Corey Clement and receiver Jazz Peavy each scored a pair of touchdowns while Wisconsin's defense had its way with the Akron offense in a 54-10 blowout at Camp Randall.

MADISON – The home opener was nowhere close to a hangover for the University of Wisconsin.

The 10th-ranked team in the country brought its suffocating defense and saw its offense find a spark in a dominating first half that set the tone for the Badgers’ 54-10 nonconference victory over Akron in front of 77,331 at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday. 

A close game after 15 minutes soon got out of hand in the second quarter with the Badgers (2-0) scoring touchdowns on three of their five drives to take a 30-10 halftime lead.

Putting up 586 yards of total offense, Wisconsin had four drives of at least 70 yards and eight that went at least 50 it what was a clock-chewing exhibition.

After grinding for his yards against LSU’s physical front last week, senior tailback Corey Clement had a relatively easier time against the youth of the Zips (1-1). Setting the tone with 47 yards on the Badgers’ opening drive, the senior finished with 21 carries for 111 yards and two scores in just one half of action.

Clement wasn’t the only UW offensive player to have a solid afternoon. Senior quarterback Bart Houston threw for 231 yards and played turnover free. His two touchdown passes landed in the hands of junior Jazz Peavy, who registered career highs in catches (seven), yards (100) and scores by halftime.

UW went heavy with the youth in the second half, as true freshmen receivers Quintez Cephus and A.J. Taylor made their first collegiate catches and redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook went 4-for-4 for 26 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass to fullback Alec Ingold on his first collegiate drive.

UW also saw fullback Austin Ramesh score his first career rushing touchdown and tailback Bradrick Shaw register his first collegiate score on an impressive 34-yard run in the final quarter.

The only touchdown Akron could muster was a 55-yard punt return by JoJo Natson, as Wisconsin’s defense suffocating a Zips spread offense that put up 47 points the week prior. The Badgers limited Akron to 224 total yards and forced two turnovers, both coming inside UW’s 30 to keep points off the board.

The Zips didn’t get a first down in the second half until there was just 6:20 remaining.

The win was the 37th straight nonconference home victory for Wisconsin (tied for sixth-longest in N.C.A.A. history) and its 21st consecutive win in a home opener.

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No.10 Wisconsin 54, Akron 10

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

13 plays, 83 yards, 6:48 TOP, 8:05 left

Corey Clement 4-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: After nearly getting intercepted with his first passing attempt on second down, Houston went back to the air with a cross-field throw to Jazz Peavy, who made a diving catch for an 11-yard gain. That moved the chains for a first-and-10 at the Akron 30.

9-0 Wisconsin

2:28 left

Alec James sacks Thomas Woodson in the end zone

Key Play: After Wisconsin's 10-play drive ended with a failed fourth-down attempt at the Akron 1, the Badgers' defense defense delivered by collapsing the pocket on second down to allow James to bring down the Akron quarterback.

Second Quarter

16-0 Wisconsin

8 plays, 53 yards, 3:20 TOP, 13:45 left

Corey Clement 1-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Given great field position after the free kick, Wisconsin unleashed the jet sweep that got Akron out of position. Jazz Peavy beat one defender and had a small convey for a 23-yard gain down to Akron territory.

23-0 Wisconsin

9 plays, 73 yards, 4:12 TOP, 4:58 left

Jazz Peavy 13-yard pass from Bart Houston (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Akron tailback Warren Ball was breaking tackles left and right on a 50-yard run headed deep into Wisconsin territory, until cornerback Derrick Tindal came from his right and punched the ball out. Cornerback Sojourn Shelton picked it up and advanced the ball to UW's 27.

23-7 Wisconsin

1 play, 55 yards, 3:12 left

JoJo Netson 55-yard punt return (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Anthony Lotti's punt appeared OK with the hang time but the coverage team didn't make it very hard for Natson, who weaved his way into the end zone.

30-7 Wisconsin

3 plays, 67 yards, :57 TOP, 2:10 left

Jazz Peavy 34-yard pass from Bart Houston (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Houston delivered one of hie best throws of the year - a perfect strike that hit Peavy between the numbers and in a tight window between two Akron defenders.

30-10 Wisconsin

8 plays, 60 yards, 2:10 TOP, 0:00 left

FG Tom O'Leary 37

Key Play: Anthony Lotti's punt appeared OK with the hang time but the coverage team didn't make it very hard for Natson, who weaved his way into the end zone.

Second Half

Third Quarter

33-10 Wisconsin

12 plays, 57 yards, 6:44 TOP, 6:35 left

FG Rafael Gaglianone 33

Key Play: With Corey Clement out for the second half, sophomore Taiwan Deal became the workhorse. He carried the ball five times for 40 yards on the drive, including a 12-yard run that got UW to its own 49 early in the drive.

40-10 Wisconsin

8 plays, 83 yards, 4:22 TOP, 1:07 left

Alec Ingold 6-yard pass from Alex Hornibrook (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: On his first collegiate drive, Hornibrook was a perfect 4-for-4 for 26 yards, including a 6-yard completion to tight end Troy Fumagalli on third-and-5.

Fourth Quarter

47-10 Wisconsin

8 plays, 83 yards, 4:22 TOP, 11:17 left

Austin Ramesh 1-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: In a game that has gone to the reserves, Hornibrook showed good pocket awareness, moving to his right to avoid the blitz and hitting freshman A.J. Taylor with a 35-yard gain down to the Akron 2.

54-10 Wisconsin

3 plays, 44 yards, 1:23 TOP, 7:54 left

Bradrick Shaw 34-yard run (Rafael Gaglianone kick)

Key Play: Hitting a massive hole between the right guard and right tackle on third-and-1, Shaw turned on the jets and got to the edge, turning up field and diving into the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown.

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