Madison, WI – On a day in which the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) scored a modern-era record 70 points, true freshman running back James White stood out.
White ran for 145 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries, adding his own contributions to the Badgers’ 70-3 domination of Austin Peay.
After scoring 70 points in a game, even a head coach can lose track of who did what. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema jokingly commented on White’s performance saying, “I didn’t know he had four touchdowns. I couldn’t figure out why he was on the post game radio show?”
Many may not have known who White was before the game toady, but starting halfback John Clay is notorious across the country.
Clay continued his active streak of 100-yard running games, bringing his total to four straight on the season. Clay also added his own 12-yard touchdown run late in the first half.
“We got a good opportunity to see a lot of fresh, new guys play,” Clay said of his backups’ performances. “Hopefully that shows we can count on them when the Big Ten season comes up.”
The Wisconsin offense was so efficient that they didn’t have to punt until the fourth quarter.
With all those scoring drives in the first half, there were plenty of Badgers finding the endzone. Wisconsin senior quarterback Scott Tolzien made sure he was a part of three of the scores.
Tolzien had a near perfect outing completing 15 of his 17 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. His longest scoring toss was a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks.
It’s tradition at Wisconsin for the team mascot, Bucky Badger, to perform one pushup for each point scored. Thanks to Wisconsin’s record number of points Bucky found himself face down, performing pushups quite often – a total of 385 pushups on the day to be exact.
"Oh, really?” Tolzien jokingly responded in reply to word of Bucky’s record achievement. “Well [Bucky Badger] is gonna be sore tomorrow. He'll be iced up. Maybe his night won’t be as good as weeks past.”
Bucky Badger likely wasn’t the only one sore after the game. The Austin Peay defense gave up 618 total yards of offense to Wisconsin. 346 of those yards came as Wisconsin pounded it out against the Governors on the ground.
The Governors were not shut out however, as the team was able to march down the field in the second quarter and set up kicker Stephen Stansell for a 51-yard field goal to cut Wisconsin’s early lead to 14-3.
Austin Peay’s confidence provided from Stansell’s kick wouldn’t last long as James White broke off the most impressive of his four touchdowns, a 66-yard touchdown run boosting Wisconsin back to a 21-3 lead. From there, the Badgers ran away with the score on the way to their new record 70-point single-game total.
The Badgers head into East Lansing, Michigan next weekend to begin Big Ten Conference play against another unbeaten Michigan State team. Quarterback Scott Tolzien understands the importance of the contest.
“It’s going to be a very emotional game,” Tolzien said. “Having two undefeated teams, and then that’s a hostile environment too in Spartan Stadium. I think what we can do moving forward is just having our best week of preparation and it starts with tomorrow.”