(Saturday, September 25th)
Final Score: (11) Wisconsin 70, Austin Peay 3
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - James White paced a potent rushing attack with four touchdowns on the ground, as 11th-ranked Wisconsin clobbered Austin Peay, 70-3, at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was nearly flawless in two quarters of action, completing 15-of-17 pass attempts for 217 yards and three scores.
White amassed 145 yards on 11 carries for the Badgers (4-0), who set a school record for points in a game. John Clay added 118 yards rushing and one TD on for Wisconsin, extending his streak of 100-yard efforts to 10 straight games.
"During the course of the week, what we really preached to the kids was to play the game the way it needs to get played," said Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. "It doesn't matter what your opponent is. Respect all, fear none. Get them to play a four-quarter game no matter who was in there. That's probably the biggest thing I can take out of this."
The Badgers begin Big Ten play at Michigan State on October 2.
Jake Ryan was 9-of-19 for 115 yards for the Governors (2-2), an FCS program that was coming off a win at Tennessee State. Remarkably, Austin Peay did not commit a turnover despite the lopsided outcome.
"The best defense you can play against a team like this is to keep your offense on the field as long as you can, and that's what we tried to do," said Austin Peay head coach Rick Christophel. "We knew we had to get in the end zone at some point, but we didn't."
Wisconsin took control of the game quickly, scoring a touchdown on its first seven possessions -- posting a staggering 35 points in the second quarter alone -- to go up 49-3 at halftime.
Bradie Ewing and White ran for scores of seven and 18 yards, respectively, on the Badgers' first two drives. After Stephen Stansell drilled a 51-yard field goal to put Austin Peay on the board in the first minute of the second quarter, White raced 66 yards down the left sideline to put Wisconsin up 21-3.
Tolzien hooked up with Lance Kendricks on a seven-yard TD and hit Ewing for a three-yard score on the Badgers' next two offensive series. Clay scored on a 12-yard run, then Tolzien found Jacob Pederson for a 10-yard TD to cap the second-quarter onslaught, fittingly, with 35 seconds remaining.
Following the break, White collected TD runs of 11 and 19 yards to make it 63-3 in the third quarter.
The Badgers were finally held off the scoresheet on their 10th drive of the game, but Montee Ball ran for a 10-yard TD on the next series for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin finished with a total of 618 yards on offense, including 346 on the ground...The Badgers' defense limited Austin Peay to 157 yards and eight first downs...Kendricks caught six passes for 103 yards...Wisconsin has won 28 consecutive non-conference regular-season games dating back to 2003...This was the first-ever meeting between Austin Peay and Wisconsin.
09/25 16:26:00 ET