Report and highlights as No. 13 Wisconsin handed Michigan a third successive defeat in a 49-11 rout in a Big Ten Conference fixture on Saturday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 13 Wisconsin dominated the first to build a big lead in a comfortable 49-11 rout of Michigan in a one-sided Big Ten Conference fixture on Saturday night.
WISCONSIN DOMINATED FROM EARLY
Nakia Watson and Mason Stokke each scored two touchdowns in the first half, while the Badgers (2-0) defense kept Michigan offense quiet for most of the night, include limiting the home side to just one total yard in the first quarter.
Watson caught 12 passes for 65 yards and two scores, while Mason Stokke had a scoring catch and also found the end zone with a rushing TD.
Wisconsin, which had two games canceled due to a COVID-19 breakout within the program, raced out to quick 28-0 lead at halftime, which was Michigan’s largest deficit at home since the Big House opened in 1927.
One win in four outings thus far this season, including three successive defeats, is the worst start for the Wolverines since 1967.
MICHIGAN COACH ADMITS THERE IS A PROBLEM
When accessing the hit three game skid, under fire coach Jim Harbaugh, points the finger at coaching, revealing that everything needs to be reevaluated in his program.
Wisconsin was winning for the fifth time in their last seven meetings with Michigan, but Saturday night’s 38-point difference was its largest-ever margin of victory over the Wolverines, surpassing the previous mark of 22 in a 34-12 win in Ann Arbor 1962.
Redshirt freshman Graham Mertz was 12 of 22 for 127 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for the Badgers, who finished with 341 yards rushing and five scores on the ground.
For Michigan, Joe Milton was 9 of 19 for 98 yards with two interceptions and was replaced when the Wolverines were down 35-3 late in the third quarter.
Cade McNamara, made his second appearance of the year when he came out to replace Milton. He completed 4 of 7 passes for 74 yards and his first career touchdown pass, as Michigan fell into a massive hole early and did not recover.
Wisconsin will stay on the road for its next encounter, a matchup against undefeated No. 23 Northwestern this coming weekend. Kickoff time is at 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC. Michigan, meanwhile, faces Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
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