MADISON, Wis. (AP) It took nearly three quarters for Wisconsin’s traditionally strong running game to get going on Saturday.
By that time, quarterback Joel Stave and the Badgers’ dominating defense had already wrapped up a win over Miami (Ohio).
Stave threw for 236 yards and three scores, and safety Leo Musso had two of Wisconsin’s three interceptions to hand Paul Chryst a 58-0 victory in his home debut as head coach.
Rob Wheelwright had two touchdown catches for the Badgers (1-1), while Dare Ogunbowale ran for 112 yards and a 35-yard touchdown in place of injured starter Corey Clement.
He wasn’t needed against the overmatched RedHawks (1-1).
Stave was 19 of 30 before leaving in the third quarter with Wisconsin leading 44-0.
Playing receiver and safety, Tanner McEvoy became the first Badger to record a catch and interception in the same game since 2003. McEvoy’s 41-yard interception return set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Taiwan Deal for a 27-point lead with 6:32 left in the second quarter.
Miami used Drew Kummer and Billy Bahl at quarterback. They combined to go 13 of 34 for 160 yards.
The running game was worse with 24 carries for minus-3 yards.
After beating FCS member Presbyterian 26-7 in its season opener last week, Miami wilted against a Big Ten power on the road.
The Badgers dominated the line of scrimmage and got their hands on numerous passes in the secondary.
The game started out promising enough for the RedHawks after holding Wisconsin to a field goal and a punt on the Badgers’ first two drives.
But after the second series, Kenny Young fumbled a punt return after getting hit by Natrell Jamerson and Sojourn Shelton. Wisconsin recovered to set up another field goal with 3:58 left in the first.
Special teams hurt Miami again after Alex Erickson had a 35-yard punt return to the 16. Three plays later, Stave found Wheelwright on a back-shoulder throw for a 13-yard touchdown pass and 13-0 lead with 6 seconds left.
The Badgers were off to the races from there. All that was left to make it official was for “Jump Around” to play before the start of the fourth quarter.
The happy fans swayed creaky Camp Randall Stadium. Most of the players celebrated on the field.
Chryst? He watched calmly from the 40, talking to Stave and tight end Austin Traylor during the break.
Returning to Wisconsin after three seasons as head coach at Pittsburgh, Chryst had seen all this commotion before during his previous stint as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator.
He walked off the field a winner in his first game as the head Badger.
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