Football: Badgers rout Zips in home-opener

first_imgNo. 10 Wisconsin football had a routine day during its home opener against the Akron Zips Saturday afternoon. The Badgers set the tone early with a 13-play, 83-yard opening drive that ended on a 4-yard rush for a touchdown by Corey Clement. After that, there was no turning back en route to Wisconsin’s 54-10 victory.Despite Clement leaving the game during the third quarter with a left leg injury, Wisconsin’s running-game was highly effective as it picked up 294 yards between eight total rushers. Clement finished with 111 yards on 21 carries while fellow backs Taiwain Deal garnered 58 yards on 12 carries and Dare Ogunbawale gained 18 yards on 4 carries.But what made this game interesting from Wisconsin’s perspective was how evenly offense came from both rushing and passing. Bart Houston was one yard shy of his career high, as he passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns against a lax Akron passing defense. While redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook threw for his first career touchdown, a 6-yard pass to Alec Ingold, and 61 yards.The Badgers defense never faltered and seemed at least in the first half, to be winding its own offense as Akron was held to just 5 first downs. T.J. Edwards picked up a sack in his first game back and Leo Musso recorded his fourth career interception.Offensive player of the game: Jazz PeavyPeavy came up huge for the Wisconsin receiving core today, which seemed focused on getting the ball to just Rob Wheelwright and Troy Fumagalli during the team’s opening game vs. LSU.A 34-yard reception for a touchdown capped off his day, one that showed what the linkup between he and Houston could become. Houston floated a perfectly weighted pass in-between two defenders as Peavy streaked past down the middle and in for the score. His other touchdown came on a quick slant good for 13 yards and the score.Peavy’s performance was a breath of fresh air for a receiving core that has relied heavily on one receiver for the past few seasons. With diversified passing options, Wisconsin’s passing game could become a serious weapon for a traditionally run-heavy program.Defensive player of the gameNo one player stood out Saturday, and it was instead a team effort. Wisconsin limited Akron’s scoring chances in every way imaginable – by forcing a fumble, interception and a few sacks.There were some lapses, but the way the team recovered on plays showed that this is one of the top defenses in college football. Some lax tackling led to what could’ve been Akron’s longest play, a 38-yard rush, but Derrick Tindal rushed determinedly from behind to force the fumble and it was recovered by Sojourn Shelton.T.J. Watt also recorded his first career sack and Leo Musso hauled in an interception that led to an all-around valiant effort from the defense.last_img read more

Syracuse climbs to No. 4 in weekly Inside Lacrosse rankings

first_imgSyracuse moved up three spots in the weekly Inside Lacrosse rankings after beating Northwestern 16-11 on Saturday night. The Orange now sit at No. 4.Syracuse (4-1) was eliminated by the Wildcats in the quarterfinal of the NCAA Tournament last year. But on Saturday, then-No. 7 SU got its revenge, upsetting then-No. 6 Northwestern.The defense conceded 11 goals against a Northwestern side that was averaging more than 24 goals per game before Saturday’s matchup in Evanston. Six goals from the nation’s leading scorer, Emily Hawryschuk, paired with five goals from sophomore Meaghan Tyrrell fueled the Orange’s second-half surge and eventual victory.Northwestern suffered its second loss of the season but only dropped one spot to No. 7 in the latest poll.Syracuse hosts hosts unranked Colgate Monday at 5 p.m. The Raiders are 0-13 all-time against the Orange. On Friday, SU faces off against No. 9 Maryland, who dropped five spots in the latest poll. The defending-champion Terrapins are 1-2 this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 24, 2020 at 1:16 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more