Wisconsin RB joins elite Badger company
No. 5 Wisconsin went to 2-0 in 2018 after a 45-14 win over New Mexico at home. Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor had himself a day, gathering 253 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground on 33 carries.
Taylor enjoyed a solid Week 1 performance as well, with 145 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries against Western Kentucky, and now joins Wisconsin legend Ron Dayne as one of the fastest Badger running backs to reach 2,000 career rush yards through his first 16 games.
That Dayne fella was pretty good. pic.twitter.com/z3b2baXmEG
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 9, 2018
With only 350 carries, Taylor now has 2,375 career yards and 18 touchdowns. That is an average of 6.8 yards per carry. The only other Wisconsin running back to garner those numbers is 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, who rushed for an astounding 2,554 yards and 29 touchdowns through his first 16 games. Dayne went on to rush for 7,125 yards in his Wisconsin career, which is the most by any player in FBS history. After his college career, Dayne played eight seasons in the NFL.
As a freshman, Jonathan Taylor ran for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017.
Up next, Wisconsin hosts BYU, who allowed 129 rush yards per game in its first two matchups against Arizona and Cal, respectively.