Wisconsin bounces back from disappointing loss, blows out New Mexico State
Lopsided win sets Badgers up for matchup with No. 3 Ohio State next week
MADISON, Wis. — Braelon Allen ran for three touchdowns and Graham Mertz passed for three more as Wisconsin bounced back from an upset loss with a 66-7 rout of New Mexico State in a nonconference game on Saturday in Madison, Wis.
Allen scored on first-half runs of 39, 1 and 2 yards as Wisconsin rolled to a 35-0 halftime lead. Allen finished with 86 yards on 15 carries.
Isaac Guerendo added 74 yards on 12 carries, including second-half touchdown runs of 3 and 30 yards as the Badgers (2-1) pushed the lead to 63-0.
Graham Mertz completed 12 of 15 passes for 251 yards, including touchdowns of 18, 49 and 18 yards, with one interception.
New Mexico State (0-4) got its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Ahmonte Watkins with 8:10 remaining.
Wisconsin, which dropped out of the Top 25 this week after losing 17-14 at home to Washington State, opens Big Ten play next Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State.
Guerendo returned the opening kickoff 50 yards to set up Wisconsin's first score. Allen carried three consecutive times, culminating with a 39-yard touchdown run.
After punting on their next two possessions, the Badgers put together a seven-play, 63-yard scoring drive. Chez Mellusi scored from 2 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to put Wisconsin up 14-0.
The Badgers made it 21-0 on their next series when Mertz hit Keontez Lewis with an 18-yard touchdown pass.
On the Aggies' next possession, Maema Njongmeta picked off Gavin Frakes and returned it 6 yards to the New Mexico State 2. Allen's 1-yard touchdown plunge extended the lead to 28-0.
New Mexico State moved from its own 6 to the Wisconsin 12, but Ethan Albertson's 29-yard field goal attempt was wide right with four seconds left in the half.
Mertz had touchdown passes of 49 yards and 18 yards on Wisconsin's first two series of the second half to push the lead to 49-0.
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