MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Freshman P.J. Hill ran for 184 yards and a
touchdown -- a 53-yarder in the third quarter -- and Wisconsin's
defense did the rest in a 14-0 victory over San Diego State on
Hill, who had 26 carries, became the first Badgers freshman to
run for 100 yards or more in three straight games since Anthony
Davis did it in four straight in 2001.
Hill now has 415 yards and five touchdowns in his first three
games, but Wisconsin (3-0) showed few other wrinkles against San
Diego State (0-2) before its Big Ten opener at No. 11 Michigan next
John Stocco, who finished 12-of-23 for 85 yards and a touchdown,
never efficiently connected with his receivers while dealing with a
brisk wind whipping through Camp Randall.
Even when he made accurate throws, the receiving corps continued
to mishandle passes -- twice ending drives with third-down drops.
It left the bulk of the offense in the hands of Hill, who
already had 100 yards just four minutes into the third quarter
after the teams combined for 12 punts in a scoreless first half.
Hill set up the Badgers most of the day, but had to open scoring
himself by spinning out of Nick Osborn's tackle and sprinting down
the right sideline for a 53-yard score midway through the third
But Wisconsin squandered the majority of its opportunities.
After a 32-yard gain in the second quarter by Hill, he couldn't
convert a fourth-and-3 attempt at the Aztecs 7.
Then, on the opening drive of the second half, Wisconsin moved
to the Aztecs 13, but Stocco held the ball too long as defensive
tackle Jonathan Bailes hit him from behind, snapping Stocco's head
back and forcing a fumble recovered by the Aztecs.
It didn't matter much, though, because San Diego State couldn't
move the ball effectively with sophomore Darren Mougey making his
first start in his third year in the program.
Mougey, forced into action when Aztec starter Kevin O'Connell
injured his right thumb in the opener two weeks ago, had completed
just 25 passes in his career before the game.
He went 15-of-27 for 102 yards as the Aztecs only had seven
first downs and entered Wisconsin territory three times, never
getting closer than the Badgers 36.
It was San Diego State's 10th straight loss to a Big Ten
opponent and the first time the Aztecs were shut out since a 13-0
loss to BYU in 1998.