(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: (11) Wisconsin 51, Marshall 14
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Allan Evridge completed 17-of-26 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown, and the 11th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers scored 51 unanswered points as they crushed the Marshall Thundering Herd, 51-14, at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin (2-0) has won 16 in a row at home, which is the second-longest active streak in the nation (Oklahoma has won 18 straight). The Badgers have also captured 32 of their last 34 home games against non-conference foes, dating back to 1995.
P.J. Hill rushed for 57 yards on 18 carries for Wisconsin.
Darius Marshall scored a touchdown and ran for 50 yards for Marshall (1-1), while Darius Passmore ended with seven receptions for 95 yards.
Mark Cann threw two interceptions and was 20-of-39 for 211 yards in the loss. Cann was replaced twice during the second half.
Zach Brown's three-yard touchdown run gave the Badgers their first lead of the contest, 17-14, with just 36 seconds remaining in the first half.
Wisconsin opened the second half with an impressive drive, which ended with Hill rushing for his second touchdown of the game. Evridge hooked up with Garrett Graham for a 22-yard pass completion, setting up Hill's score.
"They were doing a pretty good job up front," said Evridge. "We had a couple of errors in the beginning and we just needed to bounce back. That's just life, and that's football. You've got to continue to bounce back and keep fighting and things will work back in your favor."
Cann threw an interception on Marshall's next possession and Auburn turned it into seven points. Evridge found Graham for a 26-yard touchdown pass to increase the Tigers' lead to 31-14 with 9:45 left in the third quarter.
John Clay pounded four yards into the end zone to make it 38-14 late in the third quarter, and Bradie Ewing's one-yard run for pay dirt extended the lead to 44-14 as the extra point was blocked. Ewing's score came with 7:57 left in the game.
Clay's second touchdown of the contest, a five-yard run, made it 51-14 with under five minutes to play.
"The game was a game of two halves," said Marshall coach Mark Snyder. "I thought we played pretty well the first half, we were playing a pretty good football team, and as good as the first half was, the second half was just as bad. We talked about turning the ball over, and you come into an environment like this, you can't start the second half with three turnovers."
Marshall accounted for the only scoring in the opening quarter, as it jumped out to a 7-0 lead 10 minutes into the contest. Passmore hauled in a 36- yard pass from Cann to help set up a one-yard plunge into the end zone by Chubb Small. Small's touchdown run capped an eight-play, 58-yard drive by the Thundering Herd.
After the Badgers were unable to move the ball on offense, the Thundering Herd used 4:28 of clock and went 58 yards on 10 plays to take a 14-0 advantage. Marshall carried the ball four times during the drive and finished it with a one-yard scoring run.
Wisconsin followed Marshall's second score with a seven-play, 60-yard drive which resulted in its first points of the game. Hill scampered two yards into the end zone to put the Badgers on the scoreboard and cut the deficit to 14-7.
Philip Welch booted a 45-yard field goal to pull Wisconsin within four points, 14-10, with 4:54 remaining in the first half. Welch's field goal finished off a seven-play, 57-yard drive. Kyle Jefferson's 42-yard reception was the big play.
Hill has rushed for four touchdowns this season and has 35 for his career...Clay carried the ball 11 times for 56 yards...Graham caught a team- best four balls for the Badgers...Wisconsin plays at Fresno State next Saturday...Marshall is scheduled to host Memphis next Saturday.
09/06 19:45:24 ET