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ARMY @ Wisconsin Game Notes

Oct. 16, 2021

8:00 p.m.

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin

Q1

The Wisconsin Badgers offense took the field first against and a dynamic Army defense, ranked third overall in the FBS in stopping the run, didn’t disappoint, with junior outside linebacker Andre Carter forcing a fumble on Wisconsin QB Mertz and giving the ball to their offense in Wisconsin territory.

According to the Big Ten Network analysts, both teams are also top four in time of possession due to their priority of the run game. Army went right to their triple-option offense, but the Wisconsin quickly ended the drive in just three plays. Senior Zach Harding punted for Army.

ARMY 0, Wisconsin 0.

Both offenses took to the ground, neither having much success, before Wisconsin’s offense started marching down the field in the quarter’s final minutes. Big plays, including an 18-yard pass from Mertz to senior tight end Jake Ferguson and a 13-yard run by freshman running back Braelon Allen helped bring the Badgers to the Army 36-yard line.

The first quarter ended with a scoreless tie.

ARMY 0, Wisconsin 0.

Q2

The Badgers converted on 4th and 1 at the Black Knights 35-yard line to keep their drive going with a two-yard run by junior fullback/linebacker Leo Chenal. On the following play, the Badgers running game exploded with a 33-yard run to the endzone by Allen to give Wisconsin an early touchdown lead.

The drive went 95 yards on 12 plays, lasting 6:28.

ARMY 0, Wisconsin 7.

The Badgers top-ranked rush defense quickly caught on to Army’s triple-option early in the quarter and held strong against the Knights, leading to a punt after a short six-play drive with 9:44 left in the second quarter.

Starting on their own 19-yard line, Mertz and the Badgers offense got right back to work against the Army defense, but were held short on a 3rd and 2 on their 39. Wisconsin then faked a punt to pick up a stunning first down, which set up a 36-yard downfield throw from Mertz to senior wide receiver Danny Davis III to get the Badgers inside the Army redzone.

A pass interference call against junior defensive back Marquel Broughton moved Wisconsin to the Army 7-yard line, and just two plays later, Mertz dashed in from five yards out to double the Badgers’ early lead.

The extra point was no good.

ARMY 0, Wisconsin 13.

Both teams would exchange another punt before the clock ran out to halftime.

ARMY 0, Wisconsin 13.

Q3

Army senior quarterback Jabari Laws found sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Alston on a 34-yard completion downfield to get the Black Knights to the Wisconsin 30-yard line. Once they went back to the running game, however, the Badgers were all over Army and halted their drive, leading to a missed 43-yard field goal attempt by junior kicker Cole Talley.

ARMY 0, Wisconsin 13.

Army was able to convert on a 4th and 1 by junior running back Jakobi Buchanan, but the Black Knights and Wisconsin’s would exchange punts and the third quarter ended with neither team scoring.

Q4

Army started the fourth quarter with their most impressive drive of the game on the Wisconsin 49-yard line. A 36-yard rush from junior quarterback Tyhier Tyler brought the Black Knights to the Badgers' nine-yard line before Tyler found the endzone on a five-yard run just three plays later.

Defensively, Wisconsin really began to look exhausted after combating the constant rushes from Army’s triple option.

ARMY 7, Wisconsin 13.

Army’s defense also came alive in the second half, as the Big Ten Network broadcasters announced that with 11:35 left in the fourth quarter, the total yards earned was 149-35 in favor of Army.

This is when the Badgers arguably woke up in the second half. Mertz converted on a crucial third down with a nine-yard keeper to get the ball to the Army 44-yard line. Army senior outside linebacker Malkelm Morrison hit Badgers sophomore Chimere Dike for a loss and ended any chance of further progression, setting back Wisconsin four yards to the Army 35-yard line.

Wisconsin senior punter Andy Vujnovich pinned the Black Knights at their own nine with 4:38 left to go in the game.

ARMY 7, Wisconsin 13.

With a glimmer of hoped that they could find a way to win, Army’s momentum was short-lived as a brutal hit from Chenal led to a fumble by Laws and was recovered by Wisconsin junior nose tackle Keeanu Benton at the Black Knights’ one-yard line. The Badgers immediately scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown, Mertz, to regain the two-score lead.

The drive went one yard on one play, lasting 12 seconds.

ARMY 7, Wisconsin 20.

Despite their circumstances, Army's offense didn't stop fighting.

Army gained a sizable chunk of real estate following a 25-yard run by sophomore running back Tyrell Robinson to their own 48-yard line. Five plays later, Laws dropped a dime pass into the hands of senior running back A.J. Howard for 36 yards to the Badgers’ six. On the next play, with 38 seconds to go, Howard ran the ball into the endzone to bring the Black Knights back within one score.

The drive went 77 yards on seven plays, lasting 1:59.

ARMY 14, Wisconsin 20.

Despite their efforts and late push in the fourth, Army couldn’t recover their onsides kick attempt and left Madison with just their second loss of the season. The late turnover sealed the game’s fate and Army fell for the second straight week.

Final Score: ARMY 14, Wisconsin 20.


Rushing:

ARMY:

Tyhier Tyler: 17 rushes, 96 yards, 1 TD

Tyrell Robinson: 6 rushes, 46 yards, 0 TDs

Jakobi Buchanan: 7 rushes, 12 yards, 0 TDs

Tyson Riley: 7 rushes, 11 yards, 0 TDs

Brandon Walters: 1 rush, 8 yards, 0 TDs

A.J. Howard: 1 rush, 6 yards, 1 TD

Anthony Adkins: 3 rushes, 6 yards, 0 TDs

Cade Barnard: 2 rushes, 5 yards, 0 TDs

Braheam Murphy: 1 rush, 4 yards, 0 TDs

Jabari Laws: 5 rush, 11 yards, 0 TDs

Wisconsin:

Braelon Allen: 16 rushes, 109 yards, 1 TD

Chez Mellusi: 16 rushes, 68 yards, 0 TDs

Graham Mertz: 5 rushes, 17 yards, 2 TDs

Jack Sanborn: 1 rush, 8 yards, 0 TDs

Brady Schipper: 1 rush, 4 yards, 0 TDs

John Chenal: 2 rushes, 2 yards, 0 TDs

Passing:

ARMY:

Jabari Laws: 6 attempts, 5 completions, 87 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Wisconsin:

Graham Mertz: 15 attempts, 8 completions, 112 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Defense:

Army:

Julian McDuffie: 8 tackles

Wisconsin:

Leo Chenal: 8 tackles

Jack Sanborn: 8 tackles