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Wisconsin's pressure cooks Maryland's offensive line in home rout

MADISON, WIS. — On one play during the second half Saturday, Maryland left tackle Michael Dunn was beaten on an inside swim move by Wisconsin outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who then bowled over left guard Silvano Altamirano.

Terps quarterback C.J. Brown, as was often the case Saturday, was forced to make a throw with a Wisconsin defender in his face.

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A lot went wrong for the Maryland football team during Saturday's 52-7 loss to the Badgers, but there was probably no weakness more glaring than the offensive line.

"We thought we had a pretty good [feel] for what they were going to do, and I think they just out-executed us," Terps center Sal Conaboy said.

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Right tackle Ryan Doyle was beaten for a strip-sack during the first half. Brown was sacked another time as well, and the Badgers' aggressive defense had numerous other pressures as Brown finished 13-for-29 for 129 yards.

The offensive line also again struggled to create holes for Maryland's running backs at Camp Randall Stadium. The Terps were averaging less than a yard per carry before running for 29 yards on five carries during a late touchdown drive.

Terps running backs are averaging just 3.5 yards per carry over the past six games.

"We knew they were going to bring some pressure," Conaboy said. "We just thought we had to pick it up and stay on track, and that would give us a chance to play well against a good defense. And like I said, we didn't do it."

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Conaboy said the pressures Wisconsin brought weren't anything different than what Maryland had seen on film.

"It was just our execution," Conaboy said.

Stave's big game

Entering Saturday, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave was a combined 15-for-33 for 187 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in two games since replacing Tanner McEvoy as the Badgers' primary quarterback.

On Saturday, Stave took advantage of Maryland's commitment to stopping the run and completed nine of 15 passes for 155 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Stave had a 43-yard completion to set up the Badgers' first touchdown and also had a 47-yard touchdown pass to extend Wisconsin's lead to 31-0 during the second half.

"We gave up big plays, which they were able to make off play-action and things like that based off them establishing the run," Terps cornerback Jeremiah Johnson said.

Brown explains fumble

Late in the first half, Brown and running back Brandon Ross botched a handoff.

Wisconsin recovered the ball at Maryland's 29 and scored a touchdown six plays later to make it 17-0.

Brown appeared to pull the ball out at the last second after initially handing it to Ross.

"I've got to look back at the film," Brown said. "It was a good read. I thought he had it. But obviously, when I put it in there, I felt for some reason like he didn't grab it, and the ball came out."

Early momentum producer

After scoring a touchdown on its opening drive, Wisconsin got tricky to produce points on its second possession.

After Maryland forced a fourth-and-9 at its 36, Wisconsin lined up as if it were going to punt. But after taking the snap, punter Drew Meyer jogged toward the line of scrimmage before throwing a jump pass to a wide-open Troy Fumagelli over the middle.

The play picked up 17 yards and set up a 36-yard field goal that gave the Badgers an early 10-0 lead.

End zone

Maryland freshman outside linebacker Jesse Aniebonam was one of the few bright spots for the Terps. As a situational pass rusher, Aniebonam finished with three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a half-sack. … Maryland redshirt freshman tight end Derrick Hayward had his first career catch, a 27-yard catch-and-run on a middle screen during the first quarter.

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