Another Easy One: UW Routs S. Dakota
(AP) Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns, helping No. 6 Wisconsin rout South Dakota 59-10 at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter. James White had a 49-yard touchdown run, Toon scored on a 59-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Russell Wilson and Toon added another score with 12 seconds left to send Wisconsin into halftime with a 31-3 lead. Wilson had another big day for the Badgers, completing 19 of 25 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns before taking a seat in the fourth quarter. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
Check out our quarter-by-quarter recap, powered by Narrative Science:
FINAL: Nick Toon caught seven passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 7 Wisconsin to a 59-10 victory over South Dakota on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin (4-0) added to a big lead in the fourth quarter. The Badgers operated their air game to perfection in dismantling South Dakota’s (2-2) defense. Wisconsin’s air attack couldn’t be contained, as it torched the Coyotes for 345 yards and three touchdowns. The Badgers employed a tough, smash-mouth brand of football and exploited the chinks in South Dakota’s defensive armor. Wisconsin’s ground game was unstoppable, and the Badgers bulled their way to 267 rushing yards. Montee Ball led Wisconsin’s ground attack with 88 yards on 15 attempts. The Badgers’ Russell Wilson went 19 of 25 through the air for a total of 345 yards. Wilson tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Coyotes racked up 174 total yards, including 49 yards passing while completing 10 of 17 attempts. South Dakota also moved the ball on the ground, earning 125 yards on 37 attempts.
FOURTH QUARTER: Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Wisconsin kept the game out of reach for a 59-10 victory over South Dakota. The Badgers rushed for 82 yards in the quarter. Wisconsin’s defense held tough in the quarter, holding the Coyotes to 20 total yards of offense. The Badgers made their lead 52-3 when Melvin Gordon ran four yards to paydirt on the last play of a nine-play, 57-yard drive. A 22-yard drive that ended when Josh Vander Maten threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Michael Neilson helped South Dakota narrow the deficit to 52-10. The Coyotes started in good field position at Wisconsin’s 22-yard line when Chris Frierson intercepted Joe Brennan’s pass. The Badgers opened up the lead, 59-10, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 67-yard drive that ended when Jeffrey Lewis pounded in a 41-yard touchdown run. Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis hit 100 yards receiving for the game in the quarter, part of his 101-yard, five-reception performance.
THIRD QUARTER: Wisconsin’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, and the Badgers now lead 45-3. Wisconsin finished with 89 yards through the air and 72 on the ground in the quarter. The Badgers opened up the lead, 38-3, after Russell Wilson found Jared Abbrederis open for a 51-yard touchdown pass to end a one-play, 51-yard drive. Wisconsin made its lead 45-3 when Montee Ball ran two yards to paydirt on the last play of a nine-play, 77-yard drive. The Badgers threw just two times during that series. Wisconsin has the ball on South Dakota’s 34-yard line to begin the fourth quarter.
SECOND QUARTER: Wisconsin appears to be in the driver’s seat en route to a win, as it leads 31-3 after the second quarter. South Dakota capped off a 60-yard drive when Kevin Robb drilled a 24-yard field goal to make the score 10-3. The Badgers opened up the lead, 17-3, after marching down the field for a two-play, 61-yard drive that ended when James White turned a handoff into a 49-yard touchdown. Wisconsin expanded its lead to 24-3 thanks to a four-play, 78-yard drive that ended when Russell Wilson found Nick Toon open for a 59-yard touchdown pass. The Badgers made their lead 31-3 when Wilson threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Toon on the last play of a nine-play, 74-yard drive. The Badgers ran just one time on that possession. Wisconsin’s Toon topped 150 yards receiving for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 151 yards and six catches. The Badgers’ Wilson passed for 152 yards in the quarter to put him over 200 yards for the game. Wilson has 243 yards through the air so far today. The Coyotes will have possession to start the second half.
FIRST QUARTER: No. 7 Wisconsin held South Dakota to 32 total yards during the first quarter and the Badgers lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball ran for 31 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 21 yards in the quarter. The Badgers took the game’s first lead after Ball ran five yards to paydirt on the last play of an eight-play, 60-yard drive to give Wisconsin the advantage, 7-0. The Badgers opened up the lead, 10-0, after Kyle French kicked a 26-yard field goal to end a 10-play, 73-yard drive. The Badgers will start the second quarter with possession on the Coyotes’ 30-yard line.