Wisconsin beat BYU, 40-6, Saturday in Provo, Utah.
Wisconsin was coming off a 31-14 victory against Florida Atlantic in which the Badgers held their opponent scoreless in the second half for a second consecutive game. BYU lost 19-13 against Utah in the Holy War rivalry. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Wisconsin-BYU live updates, score
Your final score: Wisconsin, 40, BYU 6.
Wisconsin 40, BYU 6 (Q4, 6:41): Christian Bell sacked BYU QB Beau Hoge for a safety. A nice way to cap the win for the Badgers.
Wisconsin 38, BYU 6 (Q4, 7:00): What an unbelievable performance from Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook, who now holds the school’s single-game completion percentage record. He has completed 18 of 19 passes for 256 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. The record breaker came on a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Troy Fumagalli. Simply amazing.
Wisconsin 31, BYU 6 (Q4, 9:36): How’s this for some nice company? QB Alex Hornibrook is 17 for 18 and has tied the Badgers’ all-time single-game completion percentage record (94.4 percent). The mark was established by Darrell Bevell in 1993 against Northwestern.
Wisconsin 31, BYU 6 (Q3, 0:00): This has been an impressive Badgers performance across the board. Alex Hornibrook is up to 16 for 17 on completions for 229 yards with 3 touchdowns. Tailback Jonathan Taylor has 128 yards rushing with a touchdown, and the wide receivers have really stepped up. Wisconsin’s defensive has been as advertised. That combination of talent and consistency will make it difficult for teams to beat the Badgers.
Wisconsin 31, BYU 6 (Q3, 2:59): Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook is having himself quite a day. He finds receiver A.J. Taylor for an 18-yard touchdown, and the blowout is on in Provo. Hornibrook has completed 15 of 16 passes for 212 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Special performance from the redshirt sophomore.
Wisconsin 24, BYU 6 (0:00): BYU kicker Rhett Almond makes a 32-yard field goal as time expires on the first half. Almond actually missed a 37-yarder wide right, but the Badgers were flagged for an offside penalty. The Cougars simply don’t have the offensive firepower to keep pace with the Badgers, and it seems difficult to believe they’ll be able to mount a substantial second-half comeback.
Wisconsin 24, BYU 3 (Q2, 0:21): Badgers left tackle Michael Deiter limps off the field and heads to the locker room before halftime. That is not a good sign for Wisconsin given his value to the line. We could see backup Cole Van Lanen in the second half.
Wisconsin 24, BYU 3 (Q2, 0:25): Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook finds receiver Quintez Cephus for a 15-yard touchdown pass — the second time that duo has connected for a score today. Hornibrook has been excellent in the first half. He has completed 10 of 11 passes for 149 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. This has been such an impressive display of offensive balance from the Badgers.
Wisconsin 17, BYU 3 (Q2, 0:30): Wisconsin left tackle Michael Deiter has been noticeably limping on the last couple of plays. He is perhaps the Badgers’ most important offensive lineman because of his ability to play center, tackle and guard. We’ll see whether he’s able to continue playing effectively as the game progresses.
Wisconsin 17, BYU 3 (Q2, 7:55): QB Alex Hornibrook connects on a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Quintez Cephus, and the Badgers are rolling. Hornibrook has now completed 4 of 4 passes for 69 yards with 1 touchdown and no interceptions. This has been Wisconsin’s strongest first half of the season by far.
Wisconsin 10, BYU 3 (Q2, 13:20): Well, there’s something unexpected from BYU’s offense. The Cougars put Austin Kafentzis on the field to run the Wildcat twice on the drive. Kafentzis is a former Wisconsin quarterback who transferred after spring football in 2015. That must have felt extra special for him.
Wisconsin 10, BYU 3 (Q1, 0:00): Tailback Jonathan Taylor scores on a 1-yard touchdown run as the first-quarter clock expires. Taylor finished the quarter with 5 carries for 30 yards, a nice 6.0 yards-per-carry average. It’s interesting how the carries were divided in that first quarter among Wisconsin’s running backs. Taylor took 5 carries, Chris James 2 and Bradrick Shaw 1. Shaw didn’t play last week with a right leg injury.
Wisconsin 3, BYU 3 (Q1, 2:31): Freshman wide receiver Danny Davis comes up with a huge 50-yard catch off a play-action pass from Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Davis is a special player whose ability to open up the offense could be key in Wisconsin’s pursuit of a playoff berth.
Wisconsin 3, BYU 3 (Q1, 2:47): BYU kicker Rhett Almond makes a 31-yard field goal to tie the score, but the Cougars have to be at least slightly disappointed with how the drive ended. BYU had a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line before a holding penalty and a delay of game penalty pushed the Cougars backward. Either way, BYU has demonstrated its rushing attack could cause problems for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin 3, BYU 0 (Q1, 9:41): Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone buries a 23-yard field goal to get the scoring started in Provo. Given where Wisconsin began the drive, that’s a mild victory for the BYU defense. The question is whether BYU’s offense has enough horses to keep pace with Wisconsin. The Cougars are averaging only 11.0 points per game through three games this season.
Wisconsin 0, BYU 0 (Q1, 13:37): BYU quarterback Beau Hoge’s first pass of the game is intercepted by Wisconsin inside linebacker T.J. Edwards. The Badgers start their first offensive drive at the Cougars’ 35-yard line. Wisconsin couldn’t have asked for a better start. A play like that may rattle Hoge’s confidence given his lack of college experience.
2:05 p.m.: Check out my pregame Facebook Live video, which provides Wisconsin injury updates, keys to the game and a final score prediction.
1:20 p.m.: It will be interesting to watch how much running back Bradrick Shaw plays today — or if he plays at all. Shaw is listed as questionable with a right leg injury, which kept him out of the game last week against Florida Atlantic. Freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor earned his first career start in Shaw’s place and was spectacular. He rushed for 223 yards with 3 touchdowns to earn the Big Ten freshman of the week honor and the co-Big Ten offensive player of the week award. Shaw made the trip to BYU and will be dressed.
1:00 p.m.: One important aspect of this game to watch will be the performance of BYU backup quarterback Beau Hoge, who is set to make his first career start, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Hoge is the son of Merril Hoge, who played eight seasons in the NFL. Beau Hoge hasn’t played since he was a freshman in 2015, appearing in three games that season. He’ll take the place of starter Tanner Mangum, who is out for at least a month with a left ankle injury.
12:42 p.m.: Wisconsin right guard Beau Benzschawel is on the field for warmups, according to Zone Madison’s Zach Heilprin. Benzschawel was listed as questionable on Wisconsin’s injury report with a right leg injury, which he suffered in the first half last week against Florida Atlantic. If he is unable to play, Micah Kapoi and Jason Erdmann would get the starting nods at the guard spots. Left guard Jon Dietzen is out for the game with a right leg injury. Last week, Kapoi filled in for Benzschawel at right guard. If Benzschawel is healthy enough to go, Kapoi would start at left guard.
G Beau Benzschawel our for warm-ups. Listed as questionable. pic.twitter.com/DZw63o8r4s
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) September 16, 2017
Wisconsin at BYU game time, details
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah
Weather: Sunny skies with high of 64 degrees.
The line: Wisconsin is a 17-point favorite.
Over/under: 41 points
Which TV channel is showing Wisconsin-BYU
The game will be televised on ABC.
How can I watch Wisconsin-BYU online?
The game can be viewed online via WatchESPN.com or on the ESPN mobile app.
How can I listen to Wisconsin-BYU on the radio?
Wisconsin fans can listen to the game on the Badger Sports Network. In Madison, the network is WIBA 1310 AM and 101.5FM. The game can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 135 and XM Satellite radio channel 195. Fans can listen online at BadgerSportsNetwork.com or from the iHeartRadio mobile app (search WIBA). For Wisconsin fans, the full list of radio affiliates can be found here. For BYU fans, the list of radio affiliates can be found here.
Who is calling the game for ABC?
Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Tommy Tuberville (analyst), Paul Carcaterra (sideline reporter)
Wisconsin at BYU preview
Wisconsin faces its most difficult test of the early season against a team that has traditionally fared quite well against Power 5 conference opponents. But this BYU squad may lack the offensive punch necessary to spring a big-time upset.
BYU ranks 124th in the nation in total offense (231.7 yards per game) and scoring (11.0 points per game). BYU defeated FCS foe Portland State 20-6 in the opener but was held scoreless in a 27-0 loss to LSU and lost 19-13 to Utah. The Cougars’ run game ranks 118th at 76.3 yards per game, and they haven’t been able to stay on the field very long, averaging 25:06 per game in time of possession.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, will be looking to put together its first full four-quarter effort this season. Last season, Wisconsin was one of the most dominant first-quarter teams in the FBS, when it outscored opponents 88-22. Through two games this season, Utah State and Florida Atlantic have combined to outscore Wisconsin 17-14. Utah State led 10-0, while FAU trailed 14-7 after notching a 63-yard touchdown pass on a huge Badgers coverage breakdown in the secondary.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns last week to earn Big Ten freshman of the week honors as well as the co-offensive player of the week award. Taylor became only the fourth true freshman at Wisconsin to rush for at least 200 yards in a game. Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook did not put together his best performance, completing 16 of 28 passes for 201 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
The Badgers’ defense could have a big day given the fact BYU will open the game with a new starting quarterback. Backup Beau Hoge is set to take the place of starter Tanner Mangum, who sustained a left ankle injury last week against Utah. Hoge played three games as a freshman in 2015 and completed 10 of 17 passes for 137 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.