What Paul Chryst said following Wisconsin's dominating win over Michigan
Despite playing in just their second game yesterday, the Wisconsin Badgers took the Michigan Wolverines to school by plastering them 49-11. It got Wisconsin to 2-0 on the season and makes them a very dangerous team moving forward.
After the game, head coach Paul Chryst spoke to the media about a wide variety of topics, including quarterback Graham Mertz and the rushing attack.
When he was asked about Mertz coming back to play with all the COVID-19 concerns, he said (via Brad Crawford of 247Sports), “We knew certainly the way the protocol was going to fit that he’d have an opportunity. He wasn’t cleared to do anything really, a couple of days last week were limited. It was kind of just how each day of the week progressed. I thought he did some things today. He had good poise. For the amount of time he had, he did a good job coming back.”
The Badgers rushed for over 300 yards yesterday against the Wolverines and when asked about that, Chryst said, “You look at it, and I don’t know how many guys had rushing attempts, but certainly used and needed a lot of guys. I thought our offensive staff did a heck of a job putting together a package that fit what we do.”
He also praised the defensive effort, which was likely going to be a given after the Badgers only gave up 11 points. Chryst said, “The big goal-line stop was huge. I think that was Isaiah, that was a heck of a play. Any time you can keep them off the board and you know, they got the field goal on the first drive of the second half, but I thought guys were into it and guys were playing.”
Wisconsin’s next game will be next Saturday against #23 Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. ET.