Wisconsin football was able to improve its record to 3-3 on Saturday night with a 20-14 victory too close for comfort over Army.
This game was a story of two halves. In the first half, the Badgers appeared to have good mastery of the triple-option offense, allowing Army to muster just 48 total yards of attack in the first half out of 20 carries. But as we all know, their attack is more of a slow burn that aims to burn you out – which is exactly what happened. The Army would make halftime adjustments to end the game with 179 rushing yards and 266 total yards on offense.
Then, with just 4:25 left in the 4th quarter, Army was essentially looking to win the game. Fortunately, thanks to some late-game exploits, the Badgers were able to escape with a well-deserved victory.
Wisconsin became the first team to win the possession time battle against the Army this season. They would narrowly be with the TOP battle 30:47 to 29:13.
So with that in mind, it’s time to hand out some game balls for both offense and defense.
Offense: Braelon Allen
The 17-year-old Fon du Lac, Wisconsin native continued his strong performance against Illinois last week with another impressive game on the field.
Instead of preparing for the high school playoffs like he would have been, Braelon Allen ran 108 rushing yards on 16 carries – becoming the first true freshman for the Wisconsin football team to show effort. 100-yard straight since Jonathan Taylor in 2017.
Braelon Allen showed good patience and broke for someone his size on his 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
– FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 17, 2021
At this point, it’s safe to say that the Badgers found found their 1, 2 punch in Mellusi and Allen to move forward.
Defense: Léo Chenal
Inside linebacker Leo Chenal put in an absolutely masterful performance against our country’s service academy. Chenal was seen playing the gaps given to him and perfectly timing his chase en route to explode game after game for the military.
Leo Chenal would end the night with a career-high 17 tackles, including 2.5 TFL, a sack and a forced fumble that would prove to be the games defining the game.
– Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 17, 2021
Leo Chenal now has a team record of 42 tackles this season despite missing the first two games of the year. The Grantsburg, Wis. Native has been disruptive and downright dominant this season.