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  11/22/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  There were five other 200-yard rushing performances over the past week to raise the total to 40 for the season. Saturday, Wisconsin's 17-year-old freshman Braelon Allen ran 22 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska and Marshall's Rasheen Ali had 23 carries for 203 yard and three TDs against Charlotte. Air Force's DeAndre Hughes carried 23 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada on Friday. Louisville's Malik Cunningham ran 11 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns against Duke on Thursday, and Toledo's Bryant Koback ran 21 times for 203 yards and four TDs against Ohio on Tuesday. - AP College Football

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  11/21/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  Braelon Allen continued a tradition of Wisconsin running backs steamrolling Nebraska defenses. Allen rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns – including a tiebreaking 53-yarder with 3:50 remaining – to help No. 19 Wisconsin outlast Nebraska 35-28 for its seventh consecutive victory Saturday. Wisconsin has beaten Nebraska eight straight times and typically has done it with dominant rushing performances, starting with the night when Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball each ran for over 200 yards in the 2012 Big Ten championship game. Gordon rushed for a school-record 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014. Jonathan Taylor exceeded 200 yards against Nebraska three separate times. "All week I heard about the yards and touchdowns that we have put up on Nebraska every year," Allen said. "It's cool to kind of continue the tradition." The Badgers (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 15 CFP) handed Nebraska (3-8, 1-7) its fifth straight loss and moved a step closer to playing for a conference title.

Wisconsin will clinch its fourth Big Ten championship game appearance in the last six years if it wins its regular-season finale at Minnesota. Wisconsin is tied with No. 18 Iowa for first place in the West but owns the tiebreaker advantage because it beat the Hawkeyes 27-7 on Oct. 30. The Badgers kept their winning streak alive Saturday because Allen was spectacular on a day when their top-ranked defense wasn't as effective as usual. Allen's performance came with Gordon watching as an honorary captain. Allen, who considers the Denver Broncos running back an idol and an inspiration, said it was surreal to shake his hand and talk to him before the game. "It started with the 408 against Nebraska," Allen said. "At the time, I was just finishing up my fifth-grade season. I honestly didn't know if I even liked football at that point. I saw that game and that's kind of what sparked it all for me, trying to be like him one day." Allen, who had 22 carries, has rushed for over 100 yards in each of Wisconsin's last seven games. The 17-year-old had totaled 12 carries during Wisconsin's 1-3 start. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  11/16/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, RB – Fr. – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Fond du Lac,...Started the first game of his career and carried 25 times for a career-high 173 yards (6.9 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns to help the Badgers defeat Northwestern 35-7. Became the first Badger to record three rushing touchdowns in a game since Jonathan Taylor scored four vs. Kent State on Oct. 5, 2019...Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the sixth consecutive game, marking the longest streak by a Badger since Jonathan Taylor opened the 2018 season with seven straight 100-yard games...Ranks fifth among all FBS freshmen running backs in rushing yards (834), while ranking third in yard per carry (7.06) and sixth in rushing touchdowns (nine)...Is the first Wisconsin freshman to register six 100-yard rushing games in a season since Anthony Davis in 2001...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week honor; has also been named Freshman of the Week twice this season...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Graham Mertz (Oct. 26, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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  11/13/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  Braelon Allen understood the importance of his role following Chez Mellusi's injury, sidelining Wisconsin's leading rusher for the rest of the season. Allen handled that burden as effectively as he has accepted every other task assigned to him during his exceptional freshman season. The 17-year-old Allen rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 20 Wisconsin beat Northwestern 35-7 for its sixth consecutive victory on Saturday. "I told Chez I was going to finish the season for the both of us," Allen said. Mellusi, who hurt his left knee during a 52-3 victory at Rutgers last week, entered Saturday's action ranked fifth in the Big Ten in rushing (815) and second in carries (173).

Allen stepped up, continued his emergence that coincided with the start of Wisconsin's winning streak. He has rushed for over 100 yards in six straight games after totaling just 12 carries during Wisconsin's 1-3 start. He's the first Wisconsin true freshman to run for at least 100 yards in six consecutive games since Anthony Davis in 2001. "He knows how important he is to this group," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. "He's got a great mix of he's humble, he's confident and I think today showed he's got a chance to be special." Allen led a balanced team effort. Graham Mertz threw two touchdown passes, and Wisconsin's defense recorded four interceptions. Northwestern's Andrew Marty was picked off three times for a second straight week. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  11/09/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  NOV 8 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, RB – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Fond du Lac,...Recorded 129 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (8.6 avg.) in Wisconsin's 52-3 win at Rutgers...Has now rushed for 100-plus yards in five straight games to become the first Badger freshman to do so since Anthony Davis in 2001...Ranks second in the Big Ten with five 100-yard rushing games, trailing only Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III (six games)...Ranks fifth in the country in yards per carry (7.11) and is one of just six backs in the FBS to average more than 7.0 yards per rush. Is tied for fifth in the country among all freshmen running backs with 661 yards...Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Braelon Allen (Oct. 18, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  11/06/21 - Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 227 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Graham Mertz threw a season-high three touchdown passes and Wisconsin won its fifth straight game and become bowl eligible for the 20th straight year with a 52-3 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Chez Mellusi, Braelon Allen and Jackson Acker each ran for a touchdown and cornerback Caesar Williams highlighted a dominant performance by the Badgers' top-ranked defense by returning an interception 29 yards for a TD. Mertz's touchdown passes covered 1-yard to John Chenal, 25 yards to Kendric Pryor and 72 yards to Danny Davis as the Badgers had their biggest point production since scoring 61 against Central Michigan early in 2019.

Coupled with No. 20 Minnesota's loss to Illinois, Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) will have a share of first place in the conference's West Division after opening the season with a 1-3 start, its worst since 1990. Rutgers (4-5, 1-5) lost for the fifth time in six games in seeing its hopes for a first bowl bid since 2014 take another hit after a 3-0 start. The 52-points tied Ohio State for most allowed by the Scarlet Knights this season. Wisconsin never trailed in beating Rutgers for the fourth time in as many games. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  10/31/21 - Collin WilderrSr/2022, Wisconsin, 5-10, 199 (DS#71 SS) + More +

  Wisconsin safety Collin Wilder was planning his Halloween costume this week when he bought a red and white hat for $7 at a mall and wrote a message on it with a Sharpie. Just like that, he came up with the object that best symbolizes how the Badgers have turned their season around. Wisconsin forced three turnovers and produced six sacks in a 27-7 victory over No. 9 Iowa on Saturday that enabled the Badgers to maintain control of their destiny in the Big Ten West Division race. Each time a Wisconsin player made a big play on defense, he wore Wilder's hat with the homemade slogan, "The Grit Factory." Consider it a more blue-collar, Midwestern version of Miami's turnover chain. "That's the mentality of this whole program, is grit," said Wilder, who intended to dress up as a factory worker or mechanic for Halloween. "I feel like that's what this program was built on. When you talk about the grit factory, this is the factory of grit - the University of Wisconsin." That mentality has helped Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) win four straight after losing three of its first four games. "A lot of people counted us out," said Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz, who scored on two quarterback sneaks and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ferguson. "Everybody in that locker room, that never even crossed our mind." Wisconsin's Braelon Allen rushed for 104 yards on 20 attempts. The 17-year-old freshman has run for over 100 yards in four straight games after totaling just 12 carries in Wisconsin's first four games. - Wisconsin/AP College Football

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  10/30/21 - Leo ChenalJr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#3 ILB) + More +

  Graham Mertz scored on two quarterback sneaks and threw a touchdown pass to help Wisconsin trounce No. 9 Iowa 27-7 on Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory. Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) forced three turnovers, produced six sacks and limited Iowa to 24 yards rushing on 30 carries. The Badgers maintained control of their destiny in the Big Ten West Division race and regained possession of the Heartland Trophy that goes to the winner of this annual matchup. "I thought our defense was tremendous in so many ways," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. Wisconsin 's student section poured onto the field as the Badgers' players brought out the trophy.

Iowa (6-2, 3-2) has been outscored 51-14 in its last two games after being ranked second in the nation just a couple of weeks ago. This was the Hawkeyes' first game since a 24-7 home loss to Purdue on Oct. 16. Iowa's net yardage total didn't get into positive territory for good until midway through the second quarter when the Hawkeyes already trailed 17-0. Iowa didn't pick up a first down until just 1:15 remained in the second quarter. "You see (Jack) Sanborn and (Leo) Chenal," Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras said. "Those guys are probably two of the most physical linebackers in the conference, if not the most. They have a good d-line, too." Wisconsin's Braelon Allen rushed for 104 yards on 20 attempts The 17-year-old freshman has run for over 100 yards in four straight games after totaling just 12 carries in Wisconsin's first four games. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  10/27/21 - Leo ChenalJr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#3 ILB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Leo Chenal, Wisconsin, LB – Jr. – Grantsburg, Wis. – Grantsburg,...Registered nine tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in Wisconsin's 30-13 win at then-No. 25 Purdue. Also set a career high with 5.5 tackles for loss...His 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss marked the highest single-game totals by a Big Ten player this season and are tied for the second-most by an FBS player in a game this year...Helped the Badgers defense hold the Boilermakers to -13 yards rushing, which is tied for the second-best performance against the run by a Badgers defense in program history. The only time that the Wisconsin defense has held an opponent to fewer rushing yards was in November 1951 when they held Iowa to -18 rushing yards...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Orr (Sept. 30, 2019). - Big Ten Football

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  10/27/21 - Collin LarshrSr/2022, Wisconsin, 5-10, 194 (DS#999 K) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Collin Larsh, Wisconsin, K – Sr. – Marshall, Wis. – Monona Grove (Wis.),...Connected on all three of his field goal attempts in Wisconsin's 30-13 win at then-No. 25 Purdue. Also made all three of his extra point attempts to register 12 points for the Badgers...Made a pair of field goals in the second quarter (23 and 37 yards) to knot the game at 13-13 heading into halftime...Tied his career long with a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter...Earns the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Wisconsin Special Teams Player of the Week: Rafael Gaglianone (Sept. 5, 2016). - Big Ten Football

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  10/25/21 - Kayden LylesrSr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-2, 312 (DS#999 C) + More +

  Wisconsin offensive lineman Kayden Lyles says he's transferring. Lyles tweeted Monday that he plans to go elsewhere for his final season of eligibility. "Though my time as a Badger has come to an end on the field, I'll forever be thankful to the fans, coaches, staff and - especially - to my teammates for all of their support," Lyles said. Lyles made a combined 16 starts on both sides of the line for Wisconsin. He started seven games at defensive end in 2018, four at left guard in 2019, four at center in 2020 and one at center this season. He appeared in five games this season, sitting out the last two. It's the second straight week a Wisconsin player has revealed plans to transfer. Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Chandler entered the transfer portal last week. Wisconsin (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) hosts No. 9 Iowa (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday. - AP College Football

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  10/25/21 - Leo ChenalJr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#3 ILB) + More +

  OCT 24 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LEO CHENAL, WISCONSIN, Junior, Linebacker, Grantsburg, WI/Grantsburg,...Leo Chenal posted nine tackles (8 solo), including 5.5 for losses, and a career-best 3.5 quarterback sacks as Wisconsin defeated 25th-ranked Purdue, 30-13, on the road. Notes: Leo Chenal is the seventh Wisconsin player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors, and the first since former Badger linebacker T.J. Edwards (Nov. 29, 2017). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  10/24/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  Wisconsin freshman running back Braelon Allen figures the Badgers got back to their their strengths. Graham Mertz completed just 5 of 8 passes for 52 yards. But it didn't matter with the Badgers running for 290 yards on 51 carries. "That's Wisconsin football, that's what we're known for, imposing our will on defenses," Allen said. "We are finally getting back to our brand of football. It's worked for the longest time." Chez Mellusi ran for 149 yards and a touchdown and Allen had 140 yards and two scores to help Wisconsin beat No. 25 Purdue 30-13 on Saturday. Mellusi and Allen both had career highs for yards, with Mellusi carrying 27 carries and Allen 12 for the Badgers (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten).

Wisconsin has won 15 straight against Purdue (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten). Allen fumbled in the first quarter but was able to gather himself. "Everyone was coming up to me and telling me to keep my head up," Allen said. "I knew I had to bounce back, forget about it and hold on to the football." Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said it was a matter of doing whatever would move the football. "We weren't great on third down and we got to be better there, but the running game was going and the way our defense was playing, if we can continue to do that, I thought that might be best," Chryst said. The Boilermakers took a 13-10 lead on defensive end George Karlaftis' 56-yard fumble return with 6:13 left in the second second quarter. John Torchio intercepted Aidan O'Connell's pass and returned it 37 yards to the 1. However, Mellusi was stopped for no gain and quarterback Kendric Pryor had a 3-yard loss on third down. Collin Larsh made a 23-yard field goal to tie it at 13. The Badgers took the lead for good at 20-13 on Mellusi's 20-yard run. Allen's 70-yard run set up the touchdown, putting the ball on the 24. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


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  10/20/21 - Braelon AllenFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  OCT 18 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, RB - Fond du Lac, Wis. - Fond du Lac,...Rushed 16 times for 108 yards (6.75 avg.) and a touchdown in Wisconsin's 20-14 win vs. Army...Registered 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive game (131 at Illinois on Oct. 9) to become the first Wisconsin true freshman to accomplish the feat since Jonathan Taylor had four straight 100-yard rushing performances in 2017...Gave the Badgers a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when he broke free for a 33-yard score...Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career...Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Graham Mertz (Oct. 26, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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  10/17/21 - Leo ChenalJr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#3 ILB) + More +

  The one big weakness of Wisconsin's otherwise outstanding defense this season has been its inability to force turnovers. But the Badgers finally produced a takeaway at a critical moment Saturday late in the fourth quarter and outlasted a pesky Army team 20-14. Army (4-2) trailed 13-7 and had the ball when Leo Chenal delivered a punishing hit that knocked the ball loose from quarterback Jabari Laws. Wisconsin's Keeanu Benton recovered the fumble at Army's 1-yard line with 2:55 remaining. On the next play, Graham Mertz scored on a quarterback keeper for his second touchdown run of the night. "It was definitely the game-changing moment we needed," Benton said. Wisconsin (3-3) entered the weekend having allowed the second-fewest yards per game of any Football Bowl Subdivision program, but the Badgers were among the nation's worst teams at forcing turnovers. Laws' fumble was just Wisconsin's fourth takeaway of the season. "We always want to be going for that ball," said Chenal, who also had a career-high 17 tackles. "We need to be creating more turnovers than we are right now." Army cut the lead to 20-14 on A.J. Howard's 6-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left, but Jack Sanborn recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory. - Wisconsin/AP College Football

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