MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- George O'Leary could not make his Central Florida coaching debut against No. 22 Wisconsin. His presence would not have made a difference.
John Stocco threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in his first career start and Anthony Davis also ran for a score as Wisconsin outclassed Central Florida, 34-6, in the season opener for both schools.
O'Leary, the ill-fated coach who two years ago lost the Notre Dame job just days after getting it because of fallacies on his resume, became the eighth coach at Central Florida in December. However, his return to the college game was delayed as he left the team to attend to his ailing mother.
"I talked with George this morning," acting coach Dave Huxtable said. "I had a meeting this morning with the staff about 7:00 and George called me about 7:15, wished us good luck."
Already a huge underdog in raucous Camp Randall Stadium, the Knights had virtually no chance without their leader as they became fodder for the Badgers, who got coach Barry Alvarez his 100th win at the school.
Stocco was third on the depth chart last year but has taken over for the departed Jim Sorgi. He completed 8-of-18 passes for 164 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Orr that made it 17-3 late in the second quarter.
O'Leary called Huxtable again at halftime.
"He said at halftime that he was proud of the kids and how hard they were playing," Huxtable said. "He said to hang in there, stay positive, keep the kids up and do the best we can."
Stocco added a two-yard scoring scamper midway through the third period, then found Owen Daniels down the left sideline for a 52-yard TD for a 34-6 bulge early in the final period.
"I thought he managed the game well and got stronger as it went on," Alvarez said. "I did think that he did play much better as the game went on and that's what's going to happen. I was pleased and John will continue to improve."
Davis opened the scoring with an 18-yard TD run on Wisconsin's first possession as he set a tone. However, the senior left in the second quarter after taking a finger to the eye.
"It was sore, kind of like a headache and so they didn't feel like he should go and I thought that was the best," Alvarez said. "I thought he was having a very good day. I thought he was just getting warmed up."
Davis walked off the field, finishing with 78 yards on 13 carries. He moved past Billy Marek into second place on the school's all-time list with 3,781 yards, trailing only Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.
Last year, the Badgers stumbled down the stretch without their offensive anchor. After amassing over 3,000 yards in his first two seasons, Davis missed part or all of nine games last year with ankle problems.
Under new coordinator Bret Bielema, the defense also made things easy for Alvarez, who improved to 100-67-4 at Wisconsin. He became the 10th coach to win 100 games at one Big Ten school, joining the likes of Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes.
"The only thing I can think of is all the people that were involved in it, how many people since 1990, where the program was and how far it has come and what we've accomplished," Alvarez said.
Wisconsin allowed just 230 yards as it harassed sophomore Steven Moffett, who was just 13-of-24 for 177 yards and an interception and could not get Central Florida in the end zone.
In the first meeting between the schools, Central Florida fell to 0-14 all-time vs. ranked teams.