NCAAF Game Recap - Kent State at Wisconsin
Sat Oct 5, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Oct 5, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Kent State (2-3)

0

0

0

0

0

(8) Wisconsin (5-0)

7

21

13

7

48

Taylor scores 5 TDs to lead No. 8 Wisconsin past Kent State
Sat Oct 5, 2019 6:08 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A team with a good running back and a stout defense is tough to beat. Just ask Kent State coach Sean Lewis.

Following a 48-0 loss Saturday at No. 8 Wisconsin, the 33-year-old Lewis, who played quarterback and tight end for the Badgers from 2004-07, said Wisconsin has the best running back, the best offensive line and the best defense in the country.

Jonathan Taylor had a career-high five touchdowns (four rushing and one receiving), Zack Baun had three of the Badgers' nine total sacks, and the eighth-ranked Badgers coasted to a second 5-0 start in three seasons. Wisconsin started 12-0 in 2017 before losing to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

"It's the culture and the foundation they've established for a very long time," Lewis said of Wisconsin. "Their ability to run the football, to dictate the pace of the game. For them to have 75 snaps, for us to have 45 (snaps), that's what they want to do. They want to play the game at their pace, their style of play and really dictated some things."

Taylor had 19 rushes for 186 yards, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the 27th time in 32 career games with the Badgers.

"It's still a long season ahead, and to be consistent, you've got to play through a whole season knowing that you can't just have a couple games," Taylor said. "There's still a long way to go, but I'll continue to try and be as efficient as possible."

Baun's career-high three sacks led a Wisconsin defense that has now pitched three shutouts in a season for the first time since 1937. The Badgers, who entered the day with the nation's top-ranked defense, held Kent State (2-3) to 124 yards of total offense. Jack Sanborn had two sacks and Chris Orr, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Northwestern, also added a pair of sacks for a unit that has allowed four touchdowns through five games.

"Guys are playing with more confidence," Orr said. "Guys are really glued in to their alignment and assignment. ... We're not reinventing the wheel."

Dustin Crum and Woody Barrett combined for just 64 yards on 10-of-17 passing. Most of those yards came on a 28-yard completion to receiver Raymond James.

"Dustin Crum is our starting quarterback," Lewis said. "He will continue to start and lead us. But those guys will continue to push each other on a daily basis and kind of like the running backs, they're sharing the workload and making sure that we understand the big picture here."

The Golden Flashes have played two ranked opponents this season and were outscored 103-16 in those matchups. Kent State lost to then-No. 8 Auburn 55-16 on Sept. 14.

"We have to do a better job of preparing our guys for the task at hand, make sure that we're ready, make sure that we're prepared for the effort that's warranted to win a ballgame like that," Lewis said.

Taylor scored from 6 yards on the opening drive. The junior running back now has a touchdown on each of the Badgers' five opening drives this season. Wisconsin is the only team in the FBS to open each game with a touchdown.

"It's awesome. It never gets old," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said of watching Taylor play. "And you know - I know it and we know it; guys are talking on the sidelines - he's special. To be able to see it, it's pretty neat."

Taylor scored four first-half touchdowns before the Golden Flashes had their third first down. Taylor crossed the goal line on 19-, 4- and 48-yard runs. Taylor and quarterback Jack Coan also linked up for an 18-yard score that made it 28-0 at halftime.

Coan bounced back after throwing his first interception of the season last week. The junior finished 12 for 15 with 134 yards and two touchdowns.

"It always feels good to have a good game, especially in a win," said Coan, who won his seventh straight start.

Tight end Jake Ferguson was on the receiving end of Coan's other touchdown. Their 2-yard score made it 41-0 with 8:01 left in the third quarter. Receiver Jack Dunn added the final score on a 3-yard run in the fourth.

THE TAKEAWAY

With 4,916 career yards rushing, Taylor is now in third place on Wisconsin's all-time rushing list. Montee Ball (2009-12) is second with 5,140 yards. Taylor still has a way to go before catching the 7,125 yards posted by Ron Dayne (1996-99). Taylor continues to show why he deserves to be near the top of the list of Heisman Trophy contenders. The 2018 Doak Walker Award winner already has 16 touchdowns this season. That's the most by any FBS player in his team's first five games since Ricky Williams had 20 for Texas in 1998. Williams won the Heisman that season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Minimal. The Badgers were a 36-point favorite against the Golden Flashes. Wisconsin did what it was supposed to do against an inferior Mid-American Conference opponent.

UP NEXT

Kent State: plays Akron on the road Oct. 12.

Wisconsin: hosts No. 25 Michigan State on Oct. 12

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Passing

Kent Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
W. Barrett 9 4 44.4 0 36 28 0 55.8
D. Crum 8 6 75.0 0 28 7 0 79.2
Wisc Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Coan 15 12 80.0 2 134 33 0 143.5
G. Mertz 5 5 100.0 0 38 14 0 98.3

Rushing

Kent Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Bangda 4 32 8.0 14 0
J. Shaw 6 20 3.3 9 0
Wisc Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Taylor 19 186 9.8 48 4
N. Watson 12 63 5.3 12 0

Receiving

Kent Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. James 1 28 28.0 28 0
A. Dixon 2 14 7.0 7 0
Wisc Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Pryor 1 33 33.0 33 0
J. Taylor 3 29 9.7 18 1

Fumbles

Wisc F FL
N. Watson 1 0

Returning

Kent KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Parker 1 10.0 0 10 0 - 0 0
Wisc KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Dunn 0 - 0 0 3 6.7 0 12
N. Watson 1 28.0 0 28 0 - 0 0

Punting

Kent Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Adams 6 283 47.2 51
M. Trickett 1 39 39.0 39
Wisc Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Allen 1 37 37.0 37

Takeaways

Kent Int Yds InTD
M. Nunez 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Kent Wisc
Points For 0 48
Total Yards 124 520
Rushing Yards 60 348
Passing Yards 64 172
Passing Completions / Attempts 10/17 17/20
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 3/1
First Downs 10 29
Penalties - Yards 3/25 3/31
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/11 11/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/46 1/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Kent Wisc
Wisc 5:50 TD Jonathan Taylor 6 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Kent Wisc
Wisc 0:45 TD Jonathan Taylor 19 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 0 14
Wisc 11:29 TD Jonathan Taylor 4 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 0 21
Wisc 13:37 TD Jonathan Taylor 18 yd pass from Jack Coan (Collin Larsh kick) 0 28
3rd Quarter Kent Wisc
Wisc 0:40 TD Jonathan Taylor 48 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 0 35
Wisc 6:59 TD Jake Ferguson 2 yd pass from Jack Coan (missed kick) 0 41
4th Quarter Kent Wisc
Wisc 0:03 TD Jack Dunn 3 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 0 48

Game Information

Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
Attendance: 74,559
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