GAMEDAY College Football

Wisconsin 66, New Mexico State 7

By TAMIRA MADSEN
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. - Braelon Allen rushed for three touchdowns to help lead Wisconsin to a 66-7 victory against New Mexico State.

The three-TD performance for Allen matched a career high. The sophomore running back finished with 15 carries for 86 yards and three scores for the Badgers (2-1), who rebounded from a 17-14 loss last week to Washington State.

Allen broke away for a 39-yard rush for a score to give Wisconsin a 7-0 lead just 90 seconds into the game.

Allen's effort marked just the third time in his last 12 games that he's been held under 100 yards.

Chez Mellusi had a 2-yard touchdown run to cap a seven-play, 63-yard yard drive that pushed Wisconsin's lead to 14-0 with 14:56 to go in the first half.

Keontez Lewis caught an 18-yard touchdown pass to increase the Badgers' lead to 21-0 with 12:22 left in the first half.

Badgers linebacker Maema Njongmeta got a pick on an Aggies deflection at New Mexico State's 2-yard line that set up Allen's second TD two plays later, a 1-yard rush that pushed Wisconsin to 28-0.

Quarterback Graham Mertz went 10 of 13 for 251 yards with three touchdowns and 1 interception in three-plus quarters. Mertz threw to six different receivers.

Myles Burkett, a true freshman, replaced Mertz with 5:34 to go in the third quarter. Deacon Hill was inserted with less than 30 seconds remaining in the third.

Badgers wide receiver Skyler Bell caught 3 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yard TD catch.

The Aggies (0-4) just had 100 yards of offense in the first half. They collected 82 yards during a 13-play drive with less than 3 minutes remaining.

New Mexico State kicker Ethan Albertson missed a 29-yard field goal try with 4 seconds left in the first half and its only score was a 1-yard rush for a touchdown by Ahmonte Watkins with 8:10 left in the game.

The Aggies got flagged seven times for 68 yards in the loss.

Wisconsin kicker Vito Calvaruso, who missed 51- and 43-yard field-goal attempts last week in the Badgers' 17-14 loss to Washington State, was sidelined with a right leg injury.

THE TAKEAWAY

New Mexico State: The Aggies have posted two losses to Big Ten Conference opponents this season. New Mexico State suffered a 38-0 loss at Minnesota on Sept. 1. First-season Aggies coach Jerry Kill, still searching for his first win, was head coach at Minnesota from 2011-15.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NMStWisc
Wisc TD 13:30 Braelon Allen 39 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 7
Second Quarter NMStWisc
Wisc TD 14:56 Chez Mellusi 2 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 14
Wisc TD 12:22 Keontez Lewis 18 yd pass from Graham Mertz (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 21
Wisc TD 11:17 Braelon Allen 1 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 28
Wisc TD 6:09 Braelon Allen 2 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 35
Third Quarter NMStWisc
Wisc TD 10:21 Skyler Bell 49 yd pass from Graham Mertz (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 42
Wisc TD 6:53 Skyler Bell 18 yd pass from Graham Mertz (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 49
Wisc TD 1:41 Isaac Guerendo 3 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 56
Fourth Quarter NMStWisc
Wisc TD 11:48 Isaac Guerendo 30 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 0 63
NMSt TD 8:10 Ahmonte Watkins 1 yd run (Brett Money kick) 7 63
Wisc FG 3:58 Nate Van Zelst 27 yd FG 7 66
Team Stats
  New Mexico State Wisconsin
First downs 14 25
  Rushing 7 9
  Passing 6 13
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 2-6, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 36-118 46-260
Passing Yards 124 335
Return Yards 28 61
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-30-3 16-20-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--18 2--18
Punts 9 3
Punts-Average 38.3 48.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-68 4-50
Time of Possession 28:43 31:17
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Frakes 3 10 66 0 2
D. Pavia 6 19 52 0 1
W. Eget 1 1 6 0 0
Wisconsin Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Mertz 12 15 251 3 1
M. Burkett 4 5 84 0 0
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Thomas 9 46 5.1 0
T. Gans 9 38 4.2 0
J. Jones 7 28 4.0 0
A. Watkins 6 27 4.5 1
D. Pavia 5 -21 -4.2 0
Wisconsin Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Allen 15 86 5.7 3
I. Guerendo 12 74 6.2 2
C. Mellusi 10 71 7.1 1
J. Davis 5 45 9.0 0
G. Mertz 2 -5 -2.5 0
D. Hill 1 -10 -10.0 0
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Parker 1 36 36.0 0
C. Bellamy 1 25 25.0 0
B. Childress 2 18 9.0 0
L. Dixon 1 11 11.0 0
J. Jones III 1 10 10.0 0
J. Brady 1 9 9.0 0
T. Warner 1 6 6.0 0
J. Powers 1 6 6.0 0
T. Whitford 1 3 3.0 0
Wisconsin Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Bell 4 108 27.0 2
D. Engram 3 63 21.0 0
C. Cundiff 2 57 28.5 0
C. Dike 2 35 17.5 0
J. Franklin 1 21 21.0 0
H. Rucci 2 20 10.0 0
K. Lewis 1 18 18.0 1
J. Acker 1 13 13.0 0
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Dumas 1 4
Wisconsin Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Njongmeta 1 6
J. Chaney 1 4
R. Hallman 1 0
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Carlson 8 318 39.8
Wisconsin Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Vujnovich 3 145 48.3
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wisconsin Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Engram 1 1 1.0
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Brady 2 24 12.0
Wisconsin Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Guerendo 1 50 50.0
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length
E. Albertson 29
Wisconsin Missed FG
Player Length




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