Wisconsin Badgers vs Oregon State Beavers Football Recap
Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0
The Wisconsin Badgers were not expected to be threatened or tested in this contest. It’s exactly why Oregon State football, which – until recently – was one of the more overachieving programs in college football, is facing nothing less than a full-blown crisis right now. Wisconsin will be the central story, the headliner, in future games of consequence against Big Ten Conference foes. In this game, however, the biggest development was the extent to which the Oregon State Beavers have so fully and dramatically crumbled.
This contest at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, was a testament to the emptiness of statistics. Numbers did not tell accurate stories in this game… not as far as the beaten and bludgeoned Beavers were concerned.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion finished 25-of-38 in the busiest game he has played in his still-young collegiate career. However, those 25 completions, part of a completion percentage in the high sixties, didn’t get the Beavers a single point. Five of his 25 passes went to receiver Jordan Bishop, whose 98 yards also didn’t help OSU score a point. Beaver receiver Markus Wheaton collected 83 yards on eight receptions, but those catches were also nothing more than empty calories. Wisconsin’s defense was able to pitch a shutout and gain momentum in advance of the bigger battles that await the Big Ten favorite.
Continuing the parade of empty Oregon State stats, the Beavers' defense didn’t embarrass itself in the first half; the Badgers managed just three yards rushing in the first quarter and 82 entering halftime. However, because of OSU’s complete offensive ineptitude, Wisconsin was still able to amass a 21-0 lead. Wisconsin conceded just 23 yards rushing to Oregon State, which is why this game spun out of control for the visitors from the Pacific Northwest.
The other reason why Wisconsin pulled away was Russell Wilson. The Badgers’ ballyhooed transfer-and-quarterback was 17-of-21 for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his touchdown passes found the mitts of Jacob Pedersen, a trusty target who led the Badgers with 80 yards receiving. Nick Toon caught Wilson’s other scoring aerial and finished with 69 yards overall.
Montee Ball, who had 118 yards rushing, scored two touchdowns on the ground, both in the second half, to cap Wisconsin's unspectacular but decidedly steady offensive performance. The Badgers would have received a tough game from Oregon State two years ago. Now, though, the Beavers can’t pose tough questions to their opponents anymore. OSU coach Mike Riley has a lot of work to do if his team is to merely reach .500 this season. Missing a bowl for a second straight year is a distinct possibility in Corvallis, Oregon.