The first half of the B1G opener belonged to Wisconsin redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz.

In his first career game as a starting quarterback at the college level, Mertz was unstoppable, completing 14-of-14 passes through the first 30 minutes of the game, racking up 190 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was also credited with 6 yards on the ground.

Mertz was a former 4-star recruit and was expected to challenge for the starting job in his first year in 2019. He was beat out by Jack Coan and appeared to be the backup heading into the 2020 season, as well.

However, a foot injury to Coan opened the door for Mertz to take the starting job for the Badgers. He may never relinquish that role.

Because of Mertz’s huge first half, Wisconsin took a 28-7 lead into the locker room over Illinois.

Mertz appeared in just two games last season, completing 9-of-10 passes. Here’s what everyone is saying about the sensational redshirt freshman: