Rutgers fans didn’t person overmuch to cheer astir successful this one.
Graham Mertz threw a season-high 3 touchdown passes and Wisconsin won its 5th consecutive crippled and go vessel eligible for the 20th consecutive twelvemonth with a 52-3 triumph implicit Rutgers connected Saturday successful Piscataway, N.J.
Chez Mellusi, Braelon Allen and Jackson Acker each ran for a touchdown and cornerback Caesar Williams highlighted a ascendant show by the Badgers’ top-ranked defence by returning an interception 29 yards for a TD.
Mertz’s touchdown passes covered 1-yard to John Chenal, 25 yards to Kendric Pryor and 72 yards to Danny Davis arsenic the Badgers had their biggest constituent accumulation since scoring 61 against Central Michigan aboriginal successful 2019.
Coupled with No. 20 Minnesota’s nonaccomplishment to Illinois, Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) volition person a stock of archetypal spot successful the conference’s West Division aft opening the play with a 1-3 start, its worst since 1990.
Rutgers (4-5, 1-5) mislaid for the 5th clip successful six games successful seeing its hopes for a archetypal vessel bid since 2014 instrumentality different deed aft a 3-0 start. The 52-points tied Ohio State for astir allowed by the Scarlet Knights this season.
Wisconsin ne'er trailed successful beating Rutgers for the 4th clip successful arsenic galore games.
Mellusi opened the scoring with a 14-yard tally connected the 2nd play aft linebacker Noah Burks intercepted Noah Vedral’s archetypal walk and returned it to the Scarlet Knights 15.
Val Ambrosio’s 24 gait tract extremity connected the ensuing bid were Rutgers’ lone points. The Badgers scored 24 successful the 2nd 4th to enactment the crippled away.
The turning constituent came aft a abbreviated tract extremity by Collin Larsh. Former Badger Aron Cruickshank fumbled connected the ensuing kickoff instrumentality and that acceptable up the short, fourth-down TD walk by Mertz, who was 11 of 16 for 240 yards. Fourteen seconds later, Williams scored connected the interception instrumentality and the rout was on.
Scarlet Knights antiaircraft extremity and co-captain Mike Tverdov and receiver Brandon Sanders did not play for a usurpation of squad rules.