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Wisconsin Badgers vs South Dakota Coyotes Football Recap

Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10



The preliminaries are over in 2011 for the Wisconsin Badgers. The defending co-champion in the Big Ten Conference hasn’t done anything yet. The quest to reaffirm a 2010 Rose Bowl season is only just beginning in Madison, Wisconsin. Yet, if head coach Bret Bielema had a vision or blueprint for the first four games of his team’s season, it couldn’t have been very different from the one that’s unfolded in the month of September. It’s true that Wisconsin has played three tomato cans and a pesky Northern Illinois team, but the heavyweight in the Big Ten has so far done nothing to diminish a very lofty set of preseason expectations.

In their final tuneup before next week's matchup with Nebraska, the Wisconsin Badgers blew out the FCS South Dakota Coyotes at Camp Randall Stadium. The opponent wasn’t a strong one, but Wisconsin – as was the case over the previous three weeks – performed as well as it reasonably could, throwing down a strong no-frills effort that betrayed few weaknesses and, most of all, manifested a relatively airtight personality consistent with a ballclub that takes care of business. Wisconsin hasn’t been fooling around this season, and that’s exactly how elite teams handle the month of September.

Russell Wilson threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns for the Badgers. Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns, both in the second quarter. Jared Abbrederis caught five passes for 101 yards. James White carried nine times for 95 yards and a touchdown to further the cause for Wisconsin. Montee Ball added 88 yards on 15 carries and scored twice for the Badgers. Wisconsin outgained South Dakota 612-173, displaying comprehensive dominance revealed by the fact that UW led 31-3 at halftime.

South Dakota quarterback Dante Warren struggled, completing eight of 15 passes for 41 yards and two interceptions. He was lifted late in the game in favor of Josh Vander Maten, who completed a four-yard pass to Michael Neilson for the Coyotes' only touchdown, with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter.

Wisconsin didn't start to dominate until late in the second quarter. The Badgers had to stop South Dakota on third-and-goal, holding the Coyotes to a field goal to make it 10-3, before scoring three touchdowns in the final 5:48 of the first half. White ran 49 yards for a touchdown, then Wilson hit Toon for touchdowns of 59 and two yards.

On the Badgers' first drive of the second half, Wilson hit Abbrederis for a 51-yard touchdown to give Wisconsin a 38-3 lead. Ball ran two yards for a touchdown to give the Badgers a 45-3 lead with 5:57 left in the third quarter.


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By: Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer