MADISON, Wis. (AP) Taiwan Deal ran for 147 yards and two scores, and No. 22 Wisconsin held a nonconference opponent without a touchdown for the third straight game in a 28-0 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night.
Linebacker Joe Schobert had two sacks and the Badgers (3-1) held Hawaii (2-2) to 15 yards rushing in the first night game at Camp Randall Stadium in three years.
Deal got the Badgers' own rushing attack going with a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs in the first half. With Big Ten play looming, Deal's day was a promising sign for a Wisconsin team that will be without injured starting tailback Corey Clement for at least a month.
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The Rainbow Warriors' best scoring chance came in the third quarter in a drive to the 1. Penalties pushed Hawaii back 30 yards, and Rigoberto Sanchez missed a 49-yard field goal.
Wisconsin hasn't allowed a touchdown since the fourth quarter of the season-opening loss to Alabama.
The Badgers have had breathers at home in beating up on Miami (Ohio), Troy and Hawaii. But Wisconsin has used these tuneups wisely by sharpening its defense and building confidence in the passing game behind quarterback Joel Stave. He finished 14 of 23 for 164 yards and a score.
Perhaps most importantly for coach Paul Chryst is that Wisconsin's running game set the tone. An offensive line beset by injuries and inexperience opened up holes on the Badgers' first drive for Deal, a redshirt freshman who ended the night with 26 carries.
Opening with two fullbacks and two tight ends from its own 3, Wisconsin handed the ball to the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Deal for four straight rushes to the 32. He finished off the workmanlike drive 12 plays later with his first touchdown run.
The defense bent against Hawaii's no-huddle spread attack, but kept coming up with big stops. Hard-hitting safety Michael Caputo led the way again, including a pass breakup on fourth-and-3 from the Badgers 33 in what amounted to Hawaii's last serious threat with 11:30 left in the game.
The Rainbow Warriors were shutout again on the road by a Big Ten power, having lost 38-0 two weeks ago to top-ranked Ohio State.
They were foiled in part by their own blunders, including 11 penalties for 100 yards. Quarterback Max Wittek finished 15 of 32 for 189 yards. He was sacked three times.
Hawaii faced a more than 4,000-mile plane ride home.
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