- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Rutgers Scarlet Knights may not want to come back to Wisconsin after their first trip out ended with another blowout loss.

An offense without leading receiver Leonte Carroo encountered withering pressure. The defense couldn’t stop Corey Clement.

The Badgers’ running back had three scores and 115 yards on 11 carries in his first game in eight weeks, powering a 48-10 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) simply overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights (3-5, 1-4).

“We need to make the corrections. We need to look at the film and evaluate everything from the coaching to the playing,” coach Kyle Flood said. “Everything needs to be evaluated.”

Sounds familiar. Rutgers lost 49-7 at home last week to top-ranked Ohio State.

Next week’s game doesn’t look so promising either with a trip to Michigan.

The hopes for getting to six wins and reaching bowl eligibility took a hit.

“You can’t put your focus on that. Any focus you put on that is going to detract from what our job is, which is to (do) everything we can to be 1-0 next week,” Flood said.

There’s a lot of work to be done on both sides of the ball.

It was a Halloween to remember for Clement following his eagerly-anticipated return from sports hernia surgery. A 21-yard scamper to the end zone came after the junior burst through a narrow hole on the left side of the line for a 24-3 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter.

“It felt great to be back out there,” Clement said. “I couldn’t ask for anything else from this game.”

Under constant pressure, quarterback Chris Laviano was just 4 of 14 for 31 yards with an interception in struggling for a second straight game against a stout defense. The offense mustered a season-low 165 yards.

Backup quarterback Hayden Rettig entered in the fourth quarter, finishing 2 of 6 for 51 yards.

“If we felt that a personnel change would have made a difference today we would have made one. I don’t think Chris (Laviano) got a lot of help,” Flood said when asked if he considered switching quarterbacks earlier in the game.

Josh Hicks did manage 72 yards rushing for 15 carries. Rutgers’ most promising opportunity came late in the first quarter on a drive when Hicks had 46 yards on nine carries.

But the series stalled at the 3 and Rutgers settled for a field goal.

Rutgers’ only touchdown came when freshman Blessaun Austin intercepted a poor pass by Wisconsin’s Joel Stave and returned it 50 yards for a score in the third quarter.

Otherwise, it was all Wisconsin on a rainy, chilly day in Madison.

Tanner McEvoy, a two-way player who lines up at receiver, added a 20-yard touchdown run on a direct snap for the 38-point lead with 9:47 left in the game.

By that time, most of the announced crowd of about 74,500 fans had left with the game well in hand.

Clement took a well-earned break, too, barely moving as he leaned back on the bench for much of the fourth quarter. His last rush was his longest of the afternoon, a 58-yard dash with about 2 minutes left in the third quarter to the Rutgers 4.

If it wasn’t for the injury, Clement would probably have scored his fourth touchdown of the day on that play. Instead, safety Anthony Cioffi tracked down Clement from behind.

“No, that’s not running out of gas,” Clement said. “It was just getting through the soreness.”

The defense did also manage to get an interception by Kaiwan Lewis off a deflection.

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