Badgers shake off loss, crush Eastern Michigan to open non-conference slate

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MADISON, Wis. — One week after a back-breaking loss to Penn State, Wisconsin rebounded and beat up Eastern Michigan, 34-7, at Camp Randall on Saturday night.

Graham Mertz, who struggled against the Nittany Lions, had an almost perfect day throwing the ball, going 14-for-17 for 141 yards.

But it was the Badgers’ ground attack that led the way, with four players each rushing for a touchdown. Chez Mellusi had a game-high 144 yards on 20 carries.

Wisconsin’s defense suffocated Eastern Michigan, with the Eagles not crossing the 50-yard-line in the first half and recording their second first down of the game with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

The Badgers are off next week before meeting No. 8 Notre Dame and former Badger QB Jack Coan at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 25.