Rapid Reaction: Jonathan Taylor sets more career milestones as Badgers win comfortably at Nebraska
Final Score: #14 Wisconsin 37 Nebraska 21
Brief Recap: Nebraska kept the game close for a while. After the first quarter-and-a-half, in fact, the Huskers owned a 14-10 lead over the Badgers. Wisconsin, however, then flexed its muscles. Jonathan Taylor took over the game, rushing for over 200 yards (204) and two scores to help lead the Badgers on a 24-0 run after trailing by four points in the second quarter.
Key Moment: In the second quarter, Nebraska led 14-10. The Huskers knew they had to stop Taylor if they wanted to win. That said, Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan can still fling the ball. Coan tossed it to wide receiver A.J. Taylor and Taylor scored from 55 yards out to re-take the lead. The throw was a perfect one, and it reminded the Huskers that the Badgers’ passing game had to be accounted for. That helped open lanes for Taylor going forward and the 55-yard score was the team’s longest passing play of the season.
Key Stat: Taylor not only scored his 50th career touchdown from scrimmage in this game, but he also passed Archie Griffin for second all-time in Big Ten career rushing as well. Taylor now has 5,634 rushing yards, surpassing Griffin’s 5,589.
Key Player: To no surprise, Taylor gets the nod here as well. Coan proved to play his role well enough, but without the Badger running back’s 204 yards on the ground, it’s hard to imagine Wisconsin scoring 37 points in this game. The Badgers’ offense goes as Taylor goes. We all know that.
What it means for Wisconsin: The Badgers are still in the hunt for the Big Ten West title. They do need help, though. At 8-2 overall and 5-2 in conference, Wisconsin still trails Minnesota by two games in the loss column. The Gophers play at Iowa later on Saturday, and if the Hawkeyes can take care of business, that opens the door for Wisconsin as the Badgers travel to take on Minnesota to close out the season. Go Hawkeyes (for once)!
What it means for Nebraska: The Huskers are now 4-6 overall with two games to play and two games to win if they want to become bowl eligible. The expectations were through the roof coming into this season. And yet, the team might not make a bowl game this year. In Year 1, Scott Frost led Nebraska to a 4-8 record, but the team showed improvements as the season went along. The Huskers may end the year with more wins, technically, but obvious improvements on the field have been lacking to nonexistent.