Wisconsin 42, SMU 0
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Darrell Bevell tied his school record by completing his first 14 passes and Carl McCullough rushed 26 times for 129 yards and a touchdown in Wisconsin’s 42-0 rout of Southern Methodist on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Aaron Stecker added 112 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in his first start for the Badgers (1-1-1).
Bevell, finally regaining his 1993 form, completed 18 of 20 passes for 223 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions and Wisconsin exploited the Mustangs’ injury-depleted defensive line for TDs on their first four possessions on the way to a 28-0 halftime lead.
Injuries prevented SMU’s best linebackers, Chris Bordano (back) and Craig Swann (thigh), from playing. Swann was averaging 18.7 tackles a game, but sat out after bruising his left thigh in practice Wednesday.
SMU (1-3) also played without two of their best tackles, Jason Lindbloom (foot) and Jason Evans (knee).
As a result, the Mustangs gave up 284 yards on the ground. In four games, they’ve surrendered 1,056 rushing yards, a whopping 264-yard average.
SMU also lost quarterback Chris James with bruised ribs in the first half. James, who took over when Ramon Flanigan dislocated his hip on the season’s first snap, finished 7-for-14 for 52 yards with two interceptions.
Bevell completed all 14 of his passes in the first half to tie the school record he set in 1993 against Northwestern. He threw second-quarter touchdowns of 28 yards to Tony Simmons and 30 yards to Michael London.
Simmons’ first touchdown capped a 13-play, 96-yard drive. His 5-yard TD reception made it 35-0 in the fourth quarter.
Stecker picked up nine yards on his first collegiate carry, then ran it in from the 1 to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead. His 23-yard TD run finished the scoring.
McCullough had 96 yards on 16 first-half carries. His 19-yard TD run gave Wisconsin a 14-0 lead in the first period.
The Mustangs’ 10 possessions ended in three interceptions, three failed fourth-down plays, two punts, a bungled snap on a field goal try and the clock expiring to end the game.
Jason Suttle and junior cornerback Cyrill Weems picked off James’ passes in the first half. Linebacker Eric Unverzagt intercepted Mark Humble’s pass in the third quarter.