MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senior tight end Owen Daniels caught a
career-high three touchdown passes and Wisconsin opened up its
passing game and emptied its bench in a 65-0 rout of Temple on
It was the Badgers' biggest margin of victory since an 85-0
shutout of Marquette in 1915 and their highest-scoring day since
piling up 69 points against New Mexico State in 1962.
Daniels and many of his fellow starters were already done for
the day by the time the Badgers had taken a 51-0 halftime lead over
the outclassed Owls (0-2), who gained just 7 yards and two first
downs in the game's first 56 minutes.
After running on 63 of their 73 offensive plays in their
season-opening shootout with Bowling Green, the Badgers (2-0)
finally got to show off their new passing game under co-offensive
coordinator Paul Chryst.
John Stocco completed 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards and three
touchdowns in 1½ quarters of work. He hit Daniels on TD slants of 6
and 11 yards, then found him open down the middle for a 15-yard
touchdown that made it 37-0 with 6:32 left in the first half.
Daniels' eight catches for 88 yards were also career highs, and
he and Stocco gave way to the subs after his third score.
The Badgers scored on all seven of their first-half possessions
and also on Brandon Williams' 66-yard punt return.
Taylor Mehlhaff's 39-yard field goal got the scoring started and
the Badgers scored TDs on each of their next six possessions, plus
the opening drive of the third quarter before finally punting on
their ninth possession.
Brian Calhoun ran it in from the 1, fourth-string running back
Dywon Rowan scored on a 2-yarder and, with 14 seconds left in the
half, backup quarterback Tyler Donovan threw a 29-yard scoring pass
to Marcus Randle El.
The only highlights for the Owls were wiped out by penalties.
Defensive end Mike Mendenhall scooped up Stocco's fumble and
returned it 30 yards for a touchdown that was negated by an
offsides call, and a holding penalty erased a 52-yard kickoff
return by Michael Billops.
In the third quarter, Donovan scored on a 10-yard scramble and
Jamil Walker made it 65-0 when he scored from 12 yards out,
tiptoeing down the Badgers' sideline for the final 10 yards.
The Badgers' 121 points through the first two games are the most
they've scored in consecutive games in 90 years.
After reaching the end zone on their first 14 trips inside the
opponents' 20-yard line, the Badgers turned the ball over on downs
after failing to convert a fourth-and-7 from the Owls' 9 with 5:40
left in the game.
The Badgers shuffled their secondary after surrendering 42
points and 531 yards to Bowling Green.
But they weren't even tested by the MAC-bound Owls, who were
whipped 63-16 at Arizona last week and faired even worse in
Madison, where they gained just 11 yards on 26 rushes, converted
three of 15 third downs and gained but 45 yards of offense, 38 of
which came on their final drive.