UW looked pretty behind at the start of the season, but Jalen Berger was kicked from the squad last month. It came after freshmen Loyal Crawford and Antwan Roberts got into a fight in the opening week of the season, which led to Crawford being kicked from the squad and Roberts entering the transfer portal.
The question now becomes: Can Allen carry a heavy load on the stretch if Mellusi’s injury is severe?
I made a sarcastic comment on Twitter at the end of the first half after a pass completed by UW: Graham Mertz passed 100 yards in one half, the enemies.
It hasn’t happened that often, and Mertz finished the first half with 143 yards. That was more than he had at the end of six of the Badgers’ first eight games this season.
It was improving too. By the time Mertz was taken out midway through the third quarter, he was 11 of 16 for 240 yards – tying a season-high – with three touchdowns and one interception. His passing efficiency rating: a whopping 244.1.
There has been more good than bad from Mertz in recent weeks, and there was a lot more good than bad on Saturday.
But on that note: Mertz’s only interception of the game came when he threw a double cover on a pass intended for tight end Jake Ferguson. An argument could be made that officials missed a Rutgers holding or pass interference penalty on play, but that doesn’t excuse Mertz for forcing a pass into cover. Especially when second-year UW wide receiver Chimere Dike had beaten his man in the middle.