GAMEDAY College Football

Wisconsin 37, Eastern Michigan 7

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By TAMIRA MADSEN
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. - Chez Mellusi ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, leading No. 18 Wisconsin to a 37-7 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Wisconsin (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) piled up 352 rushing yards and also dominated on defense against Eastern Michigan (0-2), which had 92 total yards on offense. The Eagles had three first downs.

Mellusi, a Clemson transfer, became the first Wisconsin running back to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games in his first two contests since Corey Clement in 2013.

The Badgers, typically known for their explosive running, also had breakout performances from Isaac Guerendo and Jalen Berger. Berger, who missed the opener, had 15 carries for 62 yards and one TD.

Guerendo got to the edge and ran 82 yards for his first career touchdown that increased Wisconsin's lead to 24-0 with 4:40 left in the first half. Guerendo, a junior, posted the eighth-longest TD run in program history.

The Badgers excelled on defense, even though two veteran starters didn't play.

Safety John Torchio made his second career start in place of senior Collin Wilder, who was out. Alexander Smith was inserted at cornerback due to the absence of fifth-year senior Faion Hicks.

But mistakes, like the ones in its 16-10 loss to Penn State last week, were still frustrating for Wisconsin.

The Badgers failed to score inside the Eagles' 10-yard line on their first series. Mellusi tripped on a handoff from Graham Mertz on first down and then the Badgers didn't score on three runs following that miscue.

A holding penalty down field by Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis negated a 36-yard TD pass by tight end Clay Cundiff in the first quarter.

The lone highlight for Eastern Michigan was a 98-yard interception return for a TD in the fourth quarter by freshman defensive back David Carter, who picked off Badgers reserve quarterback Chase Wolf. The score was a career first for Carter.

Mertz returned in the fourth after Wolf's interception.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter EastMiWisc
Wisc TD 4:39 Chez Mellusi 6 yard TD run (Collin Larsh Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter EastMiWisc
Wisc FG 13:39 Collin Larsh 33 yard field goal 0 10
Wisc TD 7:02 Jalen Berger 6 yard TD run (Collin Larsh Extra Point) 0 17
Wisc TD 4:40 Isaac Guerendo 82 yard TD run (Collin Larsh Extra Point) 0 24
Third Quarter EastMiWisc
Wisc FG 8:02 Collin Larsh 39 yard field goal 0 27
Fourth Quarter EastMiWisc
EastMi TD 9:38 David Carter Jr. 98 yard interception return for TD (Chad Ryland Extra Point) 7 27
Wisc TD 4:16 Braelon Allen 1 yard TD run (Collin Larsh Extra Point) 7 34
Team Stats
  Eastern Michigan Wisconsin
First downs 2 24
  Rushing 0 14
  Passing 1 9
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 1-11, 9% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 18-20 55-357
Passing Yards 70 148
Return Yards 127 23
Completions-Attempts-Int 9-19-1 15-19-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-18 1-0
Punts 8 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-15 4-30
Eastern Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Hutchinson 6 13 53 0 1
B. Bryant 3 6 17 0 0
Wisconsin Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Mertz 13 16 123 0 0
C. Wolf 2 3 25 0 1
Eastern Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Hutchinson 3 12 4.0 0
S. Evans 2 4 2.0 0
D. Boone Jr. 6 4 0.7 0
Z. Westmoreland 1 2 2.0 0
B. Moss 2 2 1.0 0
B. Bryant 4 -4 -1.0 0
Wisconsin Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Mellusi 20 144 7.2 1
I. Guerendo 4 92 23.0 1
J. Berger 15 62 4.1 1
B. Schipper 9 35 3.9 0
B. Allen 6 24 4.0 1
G. Mertz 1 0 0.0 0
Eastern Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Westmoreland 2 35 17.5 0
D. Summers 2 12 6.0 0
D. Drummond 2 11 5.5 0
H. Beydoun 2 7 3.5 0
B. Cannon 1 5 5.0 0
Wisconsin Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Pryor 4 54 13.5 0
D. Davis III 3 30 10.0 0
C. Dike 3 30 10.0 0
J. Ferguson 3 17 5.7 0
B. Schipper 1 10 10.0 0
A. Abbott 1 7 7.0 0
Eastern Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Carter Jr. 1 98
Wisconsin Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Burton 1 0
Eastern Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Julien 8 383 47.9
Wisconsin Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Vujnovich 2 112 56.0
Eastern Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wisconsin Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Eastern Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wisconsin Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Eastern Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
Wisconsin Missed FG
Player Length




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