Jim Leonhard & Wisconsin Badgers gets signature win over Taulia Tagovailoa and Maryland Terps offense 23-10
Jim Leonhard’s 2022 5-4 Wisconsin Badgers team earned an impressive win Saturday over the now 6-3 Maryland Terrapins. In what may be the 2022 team’s signature win under Leonhard, the career underdog is making a substantial case to be named Wisconsin head coach.
Would the Wisconsin Badgers defense be able to contain Taulia Tagovailoa? That was the question coming out of Madison, Wisconsin, before Saturday. The Badgers responded Saturday by holding Tagovailoa to 10 of 23 attempts, passing for 77 yards in the air and nineteen yards on eleven attempts on the ground. Tagovalio threw one touchdown and one interception, ending a three-game Terps win streak. In comparison, the Wisconsin Badgers have won back-to-back games for the first time in 2022.
The Terrapins could not jumpstart their offense Saturday when the weather could not decide how to redress the football teams. Wind, mist, and freezing temperatures inflicted both teams as Wisconsin used its strong ground game to capitalize on the opportunity the weather presented. The Badgers ran for a season-high 278 yards, reminding fans why they were ranked 18th nationally in preseason polls.
Braelon Allen totaled 119 yards in twenty-three rushing attempts. The Wisconsin native from Fond Du Lac has 870 yards on the year. With three remaining regular season games, Allen is within striking distance to overtake 2016 Corey Clement’s 1,375 yards, moving Allen into Wisconsin’s top 20 single-season rushing leaders. Senior Isaac Guerendo contributed by adding 114 yards in twelve attempts and scoring one touchdown.
The Wisconsin Badgers team celebrated around Jim Leonhard after the contest. This team has rallied around coach Leonhard. It’s clear this turnaround is a result of his coaching philosophy and Leonhard’s dedication to the Wisconsin Badgers program.