MADISON, Wis. — Jack Coan threw his first collegiate pass for 6 yards and a first down Saturday after the freshman quarterback from Sayville replaced starter Alex Hornibrook toward the conclusion of No. 9 Wisconsin’s 31-14 victory over Florida Atlantic.
The Badgers (2-0) won thanks in part to 223 yards and three touchdowns from freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, and an especially staunch defensive effort in the second half.
But the Owls (0-2) put up a respectable effort on the road against a Big Ten power, especially when considering that they were also fretting about Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida.
Taylor was stopped on fourth-and-inches at the 1 on one drive in the second quarter. Alex Hornibrook was intercepted in Wisconsin territory on another series, and five plays later FAU’s Devin Singletary scored from 1 yard to make it 21-14 with 4:29 left in the period.
“First of all, I give Florida Atlantic a ton of credit,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “I know just talking to our kids from Florida, with it being on their minds [that I] give them a ton of credit . . . and they came out ready.”
Wisconsin started getting more pressure in the second half with three sacks. The Badgers held decisive edges after halftime in total yards (206-50) and first downs (13-2), shutting out the Owls.
Coan, officially 1-for-1 for 6 yards, made his college debut in Wisconsin’s Sept. 1 opener, handing off four times, the final one a touchdown run by Garrett Groshek in the Badgers’ 59-10 victory over Utah State.