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Columnist Tom Oates presents his report card for the University of Wisconsin's record-setting 70-3 victory over Austin Peay in a non-conference game on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Montee Ball ran hard, but John Clay and James White look like an unbeatable tailback combo. Austin Peay couldn’t bring Lance Kendricks down. Nine touchdowns on the first nine possessions pretty much sums up the day.
Austin Peay’s Jake Ryan completed his first five passes, but UW’s coverage tightened up considerably after that. Aaron Henry is starting to look really comfortable at safety. Mike Taylor kept making plays in the backfield.
Special Teams: B
After the Arizona State debacle, UW’s kick coverage held dangerous Terrence Holt to 15.1 yards on eight returns. Jared Abbrederis muffed two punts. Philip Welch fought off potential leg fatigue to go 9-for-9 on extra points.
The competition wasn’t much — OK, it was awful — but UW did the only thing it could: It dominated the game in all phases. The execution of the game plan was solid throughout and many backups saw valuable playing time.