Derrick Henry put on a show for Alabama in their 35-17 victory over Wisconsin. Henry finished with 147 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns, making it a good start to what could be a Heisman campaign.
It also looks like we got our answer to the Alabama starting quarterback dilemma, with Jake Coker getting the nod. Coker was 15 for 21 with 213 yards passing and one touchdown. Robert Foster recorded his first career touchdown reception to break up a 7-7 tie in the second quarter.
Henry had two impressive TD runs in the game, one a 37 yard run and the other a 56 yard run. Kenyan Drake also added a rushing touchdown, while Bama’s backup QB Cooper Bateman completed 7-of-his-8 attempts for 51 yards.
The Crimson Tide defense lived up to their high expectations, holding Wisconsin to just 268 yards of total offense. The first-string defense gave up just 10 points, with the second-string coming in and giving up a touchdown late.
Wisconsin had some success in the air, with QB Joel Stave going 26 of 39 for 228 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Corey Clement struggled in the game, rushing for 16 yards on eight attempts. Alex Erickson led the team in receiving with 73 yards on six receptions and one touchdown.
Alabama looked very impressive in their opening game and should jump TCU in the polls this week. Wisconsin should still win 10 games and be a contender in the Big Ten this season.
The Crimson Tide will host Middle Tennessee next week, while the Badgers face Miami (OH) at home.