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No. 9 Wisconsin overcomes slow start, routs Utah State 59-10

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst delivered some motivational words to his team at halftime of their season opener.

It was probably wasn't the cleanest of speeches given the way his ninth-ranked Badgers played most of the first half against Utah State.

Whatever Chryst said worked. Wisconsin found its footing in the second half, pulling away in dominating fashion for a 59-10 win on Friday night.

The Badgers trailed 10-0 late into the second quarter before taking off after halftime.

''We came out slow and coach Chryst definitely fired us up at halftime ... He just gave some inspirational words at the half. I won't go into great detail about it,'' tight end Zander Neuville said with a smile.

Neuville caught one of the career-high three touchdown passes from Alex Hornibrook, freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 87 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in providing a second-half spark and the defense forced four turnovers.

Star tight end Troy Fumagalli caught the go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter, while Neuville and Quintez Cephus made highlight-reel scoring grabs.

The memories of a miserable start were quickly erased by the second-half barrage. Wisconsin outgained Utah State 251-43 in the Badgers' 28-point third quarter alone, rushing for 130 yards.

''You don't set the edge on defense, you're in trouble,'' Utah State coach Matt Wells said.

Aggies quarterback Kent Myers was 25 of 41 for 219 yards with three picks.

At least Utah State had a first quarter to remember.

Utah State had the Badgers' aggressive defense on its heels with screens and a reverse. A school picked to finish last in its division it the Mountain West Conference was setting the tone against a Big Ten power at night on the road.

Hornibrook fumbled a snap deep in his own territory, a turnover that Utah State recovered at the Wisconsin 29 and returned 13 yards. LaJuan Hunt ran for a 12-yard touchdown two plays later to give the Aggies a 10-0 lead with 3:47 left in the quarter.

The fans at Camp Randall Stadium were stunned. Slowly, but surely the Badgers finally found their footing.

''There (are) a lot of lessons in that game for us,'' Chryst said. ''Certainly a number of areas that we've got to clean up to be the best team we can be.''

Bradrick Shaw's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left ended started the stretch of 59 unanswered points. Wisconsin scored 24 off turnovers.

''We came out hard and flying around fast,'' Hunt said. ''But we couldn't handle adversity well.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State: The game turned into a blowout, but at least the Aggies will remember their start at a hostile road environment. That's especially impressive given that all five of their starting offensive linemen were playing their first career games at Utah State.

''That's a top 10 team in the country and we're going to grow up real quick,'' Wells said.

Wisconsin: All the talk going into the start of training camp was about whether Shaw or Chris James would win the starting tailback job. Shaw started on Friday, though Taylor displayed the explosiveness that helped him emerge through camp to compete for carries. On his 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Taylor ran into blockers left at the line, then bounced outside and sprinted right to easily get across the goal line. Chryst could have the makings of another deep running back group.

Shaw, a sophomore, finished with 84 yards on 18 carries, while James had 15 yards on five attempts.

KEY NUMBERS

Utah State: Amassed just three first downs between the second and third quarters. ... Hunt finished with 27 yards on seven carries. ... Aggies were outgained 234-85 on the ground.

Wisconsin: Hornibrook, a sophomore, finished 15 of 23 for 244 yards, and completed 13 of his final 17 attempts. ... The Badgers were 8 of 12 on third downs. ... Fumagalli finished with five catches for 105 yards. ... LB T.J. Edwards led the defense with seven sacks and an interception.

PICK SIX

Safety Joe Ferguson, athletic director Barry Alvarez's grandson, entertained the hardy fans who stayed for the fourth by returning an interception 99 yards for a score.

Safety D'Cota Dixon had the Badgers' other interception.

UP NEXT

Utah State: Hosts Idaho State on Thursday.

Wisconsin: Hosts Florida Atlantic on Sept. 9.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:52
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
59
Touchdown 3:52
37-G.Groshek runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
-21
yds
01:59
pos
10
58
Point After TD 6:02
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
52
Touchdown 6:20
2-K.Myers incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 8-J.Ferguson at WIS 1. 8-J.Ferguson runs 99 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
77
yds
03:01
pos
10
51
Point After TD 9:26
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
45
Touchdown 9:26
20-A.Ramesh runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
35
yds
03:47
pos
10
44
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:51
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
38
Touchdown 0:51
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 87-Q.Cephus. 87-Q.Cephus runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
10
yds
03:07
pos
10
37
Point After TD 7:56
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
31
Touchdown 7:56
23-J.Taylor runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
17
yds
02:00
pos
10
30
Point After TD 11:20
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
24
Touchdown 11:20
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 85-Z.Neuville. 85-Z.Neuville runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
-5
yds
01:09
pos
10
23
Point After TD 13:00
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 13:00
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 81-T.Fumagalli. 81-T.Fumagalli runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
14
yds
01:55
pos
10
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
27-R.Gaglianone 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-47
yds
00:58
pos
10
10
Point After TD 1:12
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 1:12
7-B.Shaw runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
18
plays
40
yds
08:25
pos
10
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:47
62-D.Eberle extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 3:47
21-L.Hunt runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
-42
yds
00:29
pos
9
0
Field Goal 4:59
62-D.Eberle 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
12
yds
03:27
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 25
Rushing 3 9
Passing 12 12
Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Conv 4-15 7-12
4th Down Conv 2-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 294 461
Total Plays 67 68
Avg Gain 4.4 6.8
Net Yards Rushing 86 236
Rush Attempts 27 45
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 5.2
Net Yards Passing 208 225
Comp. - Att. 25-40 15-23
Yards Per Pass 5.2 9.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-5 3-19
Penalties - Yards 10-78 18-176
Touchdowns 1 8
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 1
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 6-42.3 3-43.0
Return Yards 96 168
Punts - Returns 1-0 2-17
Kickoffs - Returns 5-96 2-46
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-105
Kicking 2/2 9/9
Extra Points 1/1 8/8
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Utah State 0-1 1000010
9 Wisconsin 1-0 010282159
208 PASS YDS 225
86 RUSH YDS 236
294 TOTAL YDS 461
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Myers 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 213 0 3 92.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 213 0 3 92.2
K. Myers 25/40 213 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Lindsey Jr. 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 29 0
T. Lindsey Jr. 6 29 0 7
L. Hunt 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 27 1
L. Hunt 7 27 1 12
J. Nathan 16 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
J. Nathan 3 15 0 19
J. Hervey 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
J. Hervey 2 13 0 7
K. Myers 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 8 0
K. Myers 5 8 0 5
S. Scarver 81 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
S. Scarver 1 4 0 4
E. Allen 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
E. Allen 2 -3 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Colston-Green 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 40 0
J. Colston-Green 1 40 0 40
S. Scarver 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 36 0
S. Scarver 1 36 0 36
G. Bright 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 23 0
G. Bright 3 23 0 13
J. Nathan 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 23 0
J. Nathan 3 23 0 15
C. Terrell 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
C. Terrell 2 18 0 13
T. Lindsey Jr. 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
T. Lindsey Jr. 2 16 0 12
L. Hunt 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 14 0
L. Hunt 4 14 0 7
B. Roberts 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
B. Roberts 2 12 0 12
E. Allen 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
E. Allen 1 11 0 11
R. Tarver 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 0
R. Tarver 2 8 0 6
A. Byers 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 0
A. Byers 2 8 0 10
D. Hobbs 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 4 0
D. Hobbs 2 4 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Compton 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
L. Compton 1-0 1.0 0
J. Davis 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Davis 1-0 1.0 0
M. Uasike 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Uasike 1-0 0.0 0
M. Magalei 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Magalei 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Eberle 62 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/1 1/1
D. Eberle 1/1 25 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Dalton 89 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 43.6 2
A. Dalton 5 43.6 2 55
K. Myers 2 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 36.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 36.0 1
K. Myers 1 36.0 1 36
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lindsey Jr. 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 18.8 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 18.8 21 0
T. Lindsey Jr. 4 18.8 21 0
G. Bright 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
G. Bright 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Z. Van Leeuwen 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
Z. Van Leeuwen 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 244 3 0 197.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 244 3 0 197.4
A. Hornibrook 15/23 244 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 87 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 87 1
J. Taylor 9 87 1 41
B. Shaw 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 84 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 84 1
B. Shaw 18 84 1 26
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 29 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 29 1
G. Groshek 2 29 1 23
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
C. James 5 17 0 7
D. Tindal 25 CB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 13 0
D. Tindal 1 13 0 13
A. Ramesh 20 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 11 1
A. Ramesh 2 11 1 6
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
J. Peavy 2 7 0 5
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -20 0
A. Hornibrook 4 -20 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Fumagalli 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 105 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 105 1
T. Fumagalli 5 105 1 44
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 38 0
A. Taylor 3 38 0 16
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 33 1
Q. Cephus 3 33 1 21
Z. Neuville 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 28 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 28 1
Z. Neuville 1 28 1 28
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
J. Peavy 1 19 0 19
A. Ingold 45 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
A. Ingold 1 11 0 11
B. Shaw 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
B. Shaw 1 10 0 10
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Taylor 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
I. Loudermilk 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
I. Loudermilk 1-0 1.0 0
Jo. Ferguson 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
Jo. Ferguson 0-0 0.0 1
T. Edwards 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Edwards 0-0 0.0 1
D. Dixon 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Dixon 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gaglianone 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 8/8
SEASON FG XP
1/1 8/8
R. Gaglianone 1/1 29 8/8 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 43.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 43.0 0
A. Lotti 3 43.0 0 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 23.0 28 0
A. Taylor 2 23.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.5 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 8.5 14 0
N. Nelson 2 8.5 14 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UTAHST 25 2:45 6 15 Punt
8:26 UTAHST 38 3:27 10 54 FG
4:16 WISC 16 0:29 3 -42 TD
2:33 WISC 47 1:08 3 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:41 UTAHST 28 2:56 7 15 Punt
1:08 UTAHST 21 0:00 1 79 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:55 UTAHST 15 0:15 2 32 INT
11:20 UTAHST 25 1:17 4 -7 Punt
7:50 UTAHST 25 1:47 4 20 Punt
5:07 WISC 38 0:27 4 6
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UTAHST 32 1:30 4 11 Punt
9:21 UTAHST 21 3:01 11 77 INT
3:52 UTAHST 25 3:42 13 66 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:06 WISC 4 3:26 6 26 Punt
4:56 WISC 25 0:36 2 4
3:41 WISC 9 1:01 4 -1 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 18 2:15 6 22 Punt
9:37 WISC 21 8:25 18 79 TD
1:01 UTAHST 19 0:58 4 8 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 WISC 28 1:55 5 14 TD
12:29 WISC 47 1:09 4 -5 TD
9:56 WISC 40 2:00 7 60 TD
5:53 WISC 29 0:43 3 13
3:58 WISC 32 3:07 8 57 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:13 WISC 12 3:47 9 88 TD
6:02 UTAHST 7 0:00 2 -15
5:51 UTAHST 37 1:59 5 -21 TD