MADISON – John Chenal found the end zone while University of Wisconsin found a top-10 spot in the rankings.
The Grantsburg graduate scored his first career touchdown for the Badgers in their 35-14 win over Michigan on Saturday, which propelled them to No. 8 in the updated college football rankings. Chenal was part of a Wisconsin run game that totaled 359 yards rushing and all five Badger touchdowns.
Jonathan Taylor led that ground attack with 203 yards and two touchdowns, playing little more than a quarter of the game due to an injury. He opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and later added a 72-yard run to give the Badgers a 14-0 lead.
Though their season shutout streak was eventually stopped at two games, the Badgers held Michigan scoreless through the first half, which included forcing a fumble on the Wolverines’ opening drive that reached inside Wisconsin’s 10-yard line.
With Taylor having his injury addressed in the second quarter, quarterback Jack Coan assumed the role of rushing to the end zone. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Badgers up 21-0 with less than seven minutes remaining in the half and then gave them a 28-0 lead with a 25-yard touchdown run in the final minute before halftime.
In the third quarter, Chenal scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for Wisconsin’s lone score of the second half. It capped a Badgers’ drive that drained over eight minutes off the clock.
With just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Michigan scored the first touchdown of the season against Wisconsin when Shea Patterson connected with Sean McKeon on a 6-yard touchdown pass, making it a 35-7 game.
The Wolverines added a 5-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones to make the final score 35-14.
The Wisconsin defense limited Michigan to just 40 yards rushing, the Wolverines’ lowest total since 2013 and the Badgers now have outscored their opposition 148-13 on the season.
"Wisconsin had a great game plan, executed it extremely well,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “(They) outplayed us, offensively and defensively. We were outplayed, out-prepared, and outcoached. Outplayed at the whole thing, both offensively and defensively. It was thorough.”
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst knows further challenges are ahead, including one this Saturday at home against Northwestern.
“We know we are going to be tested differently, and probably tested more, but each one of these is important and they've had two tests right now,” he said.
The Badgers improved to 3-0 with the win and Michigan dropped to 2-1.