#19 WISCONSIN 49, SOUTH FLORIDA 0
AUG. 30, 2019
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
- Tonight’s captains: senior OLB Zack Baun, junior C Tyler Biadasz, senior ILB Chris Orr, junior RB Jonathan Taylor
- Wisconsin won its season opener for the fourth consecutive season.
- The Badgers improved to 2-0 all-time vs. South Florida and 2-2 in Raymond James Stadium (three appearances in the Outback Bowl).
- Beginning his fifth season, Paul Chryst improved to 43-12 (.782) as UW’s head coach, including a 16-4 mark in non-conference games.
- The Badgers tallied their fourth shutout under Chryst and the team’s first since blanking Minnesota, 31-0, on Nov. 25, 2017.
- The 49-0 score was UW’s most lopsided road shutout since beating Northwestern, 49-0, on Oct. 1, 1983.
- Wisconsin used a balanced offensive attack, featuring 234 yards rushing and 199 yards passing.
- The Badgers defense limited South Florida to just 157 total yards, UW’s lowest total since holding Minnesota to 133 yards in 2017.
- Wisconsin also held the Bulls to a mere 26 yards, the Badgers lowest defensive total since containing Iowa to 25 yards on Nov. 11, 2017.
- Junior RB Jonathan Taylor accounted for 4 total touchdowns, rushed for 135 yards on 16 carries and caught 2 passes for 48 receiving yards.
- Taylor is the first FBS player with at least 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 touchdown receptions in the same game since Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. had 2 rushing and 2 receiving TDs vs. Arizona State on Oct. 6, 2018. Laviska’s was the only such performance in the FBS in 2018.
- The last Big Ten player to record at least 2 rushing and 2 receiving TDs in the same game was Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure (3 rushing and 2 receiving) vs. Michigan on Nov. 6, 2010.
- Taylor recorded the first touchdown reception of his career on a 36-yard catch and run in the second quarter and added a 12-yard TD reception on the Badgers’ final play of the period.
- Taylor had 60 receiving yards in total for the 2018 season. He recorded 48 in the first half of Friday’s game alone.
- Taylor topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the 23rd time in his career. Only Ron Dayne (33), Montee Ball (26) and Anthony Davis (24) have more 100-yard games as Badgers.
- Taylor scored the 30th rushing touchdown of his career on a 37-yard run in the first quarter and added his 31st on a 38-yard TD run in the third quarter.
- Taylor is the first Badger to score 4 touchdowns in a game since Melvin Gordon had 4 (and a then-FBS record 408 rushing yards) vs Nebraska on Nov. 15, 2014).
- Junior QB Jack Coan threw for a career-high 193 yards on 17-for-23 passing, with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
- The Badgers have won each of Coan’s last 3 starts, dating back to last season. He is now 3-2 as UW’s starting quarterback.
- Coan completed 11 consecutive passes between the late first quarter and late third quarter.
- Junior WR Quintez Cephus saw his first game action since the Badgers’ game at Indiana on Nov. 4, 2017. Cephus recorded 3 catches for 39 yards.
- Redshirt freshman RB Nakia Watson made his Badgers debut and scored the first touchdown of his career on a 27-yard run in the third quarter. He finished with 14 carries for 80 yards.
- Senior RB Bradrick Shaw scored the 10th rushing touchdown of his career and his first touchdown since 2017, scoring on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter. He had 2 total rushes for 15 yards.
- Sophomore FB John Chenal recorded the first reception of his career with a 12-yard catch in the first quarter
- Sophomore DE Matt Henningsen recorded the first touchdown of his career on a 16-yard fumble return touchdown in the second quarter — UW’s first defensive TD since Andrew Van Ginkel recorded a 9-yard interception return TD in the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game.
- Henningsen recorded the second sack of his career in the second quarter.
- Henningsen also recovered a fumble and recorded a quarterback hurry.
- Junior S Eric Burrell recorded the second interception of his career, picking off a Blake Barnett pass in the second quarter.
- Junior ILB Mike Maskalunas led the Badgers with a career-high 6 tackles.
- Sophomore ILB Jack Sanborn tallied a career-high 5 tackles.
- True freshmen Leo Chenal (ILB) posted 5 tackles in his first collegiate game.
- Redshirt freshman OLB Jaylan Franklin recorded the first sack of his career in his collegiate debut.
- Junior S Collin Wilder made his Badgers debut and tallied an interception in the fourth quarter.
- Freshmen Keeanu Benton (NT), CB Semar Melvin and QB Chase Wolf made their Badgers debuts.
- Senior K Zach Hintze delivered touchbacks on all 8 of his kickoffs.