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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Badgers Pound Temple 65-0



Senior tight end Owen Daniels caught a career-high three touchdown passes and Wisconsin opened up its passing game and emptied its bench in a 65-0 rout of Temple on Saturday.

It was the Badgers' biggest margin of victory since an 85-0 shutout of Marquette in 1915 and their highest-scoring day since piling up 69 points against New Mexico State in 1962.

Daniels and many of his fellow starters were already done for the day by the time the Badgers had taken a 51-0 halftime lead over the outclassed Owls (0-2), who gained just 7 yards and two first downs in the game's first 56 minutes.

After running on 63 of their 73 offensive plays in their season-opening shootout with Bowling Green, the Badgers (2-0) finally got to show off their new passing game under co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.

John Stocco completed 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in 1½ quarters of work. He hit Daniels on TD slants of 6 and 11 yards, then found him open down the middle for a 15-yard touchdown that made it 37-0 with 6:32 left in the first half.

Daniels' eight catches for 88 yards were also career highs, and he and Stocco gave way to the subs after his third score.

The Badgers scored on all seven of their first-half possessions and also on Brandon Williams' 66-yard punt return.

Taylor Mehlhaff's 39-yard field goal got the scoring started and the Badgers scored TDs on each of their next six possessions, plus the opening drive of the third quarter before finally punting on their ninth possession.

Brian Calhoun ran it in from the 1, fourth-string running back Dywon Rowan scored on a 2-yarder and, with 14 seconds left in the half, backup quarterback Tyler Donovan threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Marcus Randle El.

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