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Graham Mertz Tosses 5 TDs in 1st Career Start as No. 14 Wisconsin Routs Illinois

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Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Wisconsin redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz completed his first 17 passes en route to 248 passing yards and five touchdowns as the No. 14 Badgers defeated Illinois 45-7 at Camp Randall Stadium.    

Wisconsin On BTN @WisconsinOnBTN

World, meet @GrahamMertz5. 🤝

@BadgerFootball’s QB1 was a 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩 14/14 in the first half, including four passing scores. 👀 https://t.co/Zlt6BWlsg6

Mertz, who finished 20-of-21 passing, appeared in two games last season but made his first career start Friday. He found Jake Ferguson for three touchdowns and Danny Davis and Mason Stokke for one apiece.

Stokke grabbed the first score off a wheel route down the sideline from 10 yards out:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

✅ First B1G TD of 2020

✅ First passing TD of Graham Mertz’s career

@BadgerFootball jumps out to the early 7-0 lead. https://t.co/nuqbFs0ifJ

Davis’ touchdown was the result of a 53-yard pass that ultimately gave Wisconsin a 28-7 edge:

FOX College Football @CFBONFOX

WELCOME TO THE @GrahamMertz SHOW 🙌 https://t.co/BGSlY7E0iN

In between, Ferguson caught five- and 14-yard touchdown passes. He snagged the last touchdown with a three-yard catch in the fourth.

FOX College Football @CFBONFOX

Perfectly executed play by @BadgerFootball for their second TD of the game! 👏👏 https://t.co/ewwvhxHPba

FOX College Football @CFBONFOX

Okay, @GrahamMertz is pretty good 🔥

That’s now 3 TDs in the first half for the @BadgerFootball Freshman QB! https://t.co/ujybVcyrtW

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There’s the 5th TD for @GrahamMertz!

@BadgerFootball couldn’t have asked for much more from their opening game of the season 🤩 https://t.co/ibjWAjB4la

Mertz’s 17 straight completions tied a Wisconsin record and earned him third place on a Big Ten list, per ESPN Stats & Info:

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Graham Mertz finished with 17 straight completions. That is tied for the most consecutive completions in a game in Wisconsin history. (Tanner McEvoy vs Western Illinois in 2014)

His 17 straight completions are also the 3rd-longest streak in a conference game in Big Ten history. https://t.co/ASXT7APXr0

He also achieved a first for any Wisconsin quarterback making his debut when he threw his fourth touchdown, per Wisconsin Assistant Director of Brand Communications Brian Mason:

Brian Mason @Brian_Mason

…. and just like that, @GrahamMertz5 is the first #Badgers QB to throw 4 TD passes in his starting debut

#OnWisconsin

The fifth one tied a program record, per Jesse Temple of The Athletic:

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Just for good measure, Graham Mertz drops in his FIFTH touchdown pass of the night, a 3-yarder to tight end Jake Ferguson. That ties the single-game program record for touchdown passes. Mertz: 20 of 21 for 248 yards and five TDs. The guy can sling it.

Mertz went 9-of-10 the year before in limited action, but his final nine passes were completions, meaning he connected on 26 straight attempts from last year through Friday.

He could have finished with a perfect showing if not for a drop, per Ryan Glasspiegel of Outkick:

Ryan Glasspiegel @sportsrapport

Graham Mertz had one incompletion tonight and it was a drop on a declined holding penalty. This is going to be a wild run for the Badgers.

The Badgers also enjoyed an excellent defensive night en route to shutting out the offense. Illinois’ lone score came off a fumble return for a second-quarter touchdown from Tarique Barnes.

Mertz and the Badgers will now go on the road to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium.   

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