Full Payback: Wisconsin Shells New Mexico Shells in 66-7 Defeat

Madison – Wisconsin Badgers (2-1, 0-0 Conference) defeated New Mexico State Aggies (0-4, 0-0 Conference) in dominant fashion, 66-7.

The Wisconsin attack scored its first touchdown in the first quarter of the season, on his opening lead, after Isaac Guerendo returned for 50 yards from the opening kick.

With the short field, Braelon carried Allen three times, with his last drive carrying for 39 yards. This was Allen’s first of three touchdowns in the game.

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This is the third time Allen has scored three times in one game in Allen’s short career.

Allen finished with 15 holders for 86 yards and three scores, before being knocked out in the third quarter.

After back-to-back push-ups that ended in kicks, Wisconsin’s offense found it to be a huge leap, as the Badgers scored four consecutive times in the second quarter, taking touchdowns from Chez Mellusi, Allen and Skyler Bell, pushing their way to a 35-point first-half advantage.

Graham Mertz also had game for the Cardinal and White, completing 12 of 15 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, completing passes to five different receivers. Mertz pushed his season total of touchdown passes to six, over his first three games. Mertes needed nine games to throw his sixth touch pass, during the 2021 season.

Mertz also threw his second interception of the season, which has been changed, to a pass assigned to Skylar Bell.

Two of Mertz’s three touchdown passes went to Bale, who finished the game with four receptions for 108 yards, to match his score. While Keontez Lewis rode at an 18-yard reception, too.

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Wishing Bill passed the century mark in victory, Wisconsin now has two 100-yard receivers in the first three games of the season, with Chimere Dike hitting 106 yards in the season opener.

The last time Wisconsin had a 100-yard receiver, before Dike and Bell, was Quintez Chephus, during the 2019 season.

As you can imagine, with Wisconsin scoring 66 points, her passing game wasn’t the only face of the attack working his way into the win. Wisconsin totaled 595 yards, with 335 yards coming through the air and 260 yards off the ground.

Wisconsin had three players rushing for 70 yards or more in the game, with Allen’s 86 yards, Mellusi 71 yards on 10 carts, and Guerendo 74 yards on 12 carts.

Guerendo capped an 8-play, 70-yard run in the third quarter, led by Miles Burkett, once Mertz’s day was over. Burkett was 3-3 for 63 yards on the scoring run, completing all three of his passes to Dean Ingram, the converted defensive back, who scored the first receptions of his career.

Burkett finished 4 of 5 for 84 yards.

Guerendo later added a second quick touchdown at 30 yards.

Nate van Zelst, filling in Vito Calvarroso’s place, made his only field shot attempt, from 27 yards.

Defensively, Wisconsin was suffocating in the game, allowing the Aggies only to collect 242 total yards, most of which was gained in two passes—the Aggies closed the first half with 13 games and 82 yards, which ended in a missed field goal and the Aggies scored their only touchdown in the game, capped by 7 play, 75 yards, with Ahmonte Watkins, 1 yard touchdown.

Aside from two New Mexico State leads where they collected 20 games, for a total of 157 yards, Aggie’s team only managed 85 yards in 46 other offensive runs in the game.

New Mexico State finished 4-of-15 on third touchdowns and turned 14 first touchdowns total, with six of its first defeats coming in on its most successful drive.

The Wisconsin defense also continued its tendency of taking the ball away, making three turn-all interceptions, resulting in a two-point 10-point lead.

Maema Njongmeta intercepted Gavin Frakes, made a second Allen contact and Jake Chaney intercepted Frakes, leading to a Van Zelsts field goal.

Ricardo Holman intercepted Diego Pavia in the first quarter. Wisconsin now has seven interceptions per season, by seven different players.

As the list of non-conference games in Wisconsin nears its end, the Badgers travel to Columbus, Ohio for a match with Ohio State’s third-placed (Conference 2-0, 0-0) – at service time, Ohio State was 56-21 ahead of Toledo, She played in her third game this season.