Badgers pull away from Nebraska

Badgers pull away from Nebraska

Put it all together and Nebraska, while an afterthought nationally, was good enough to expose the problems that cropped up in Wisconsin's first four games. Get used to him.

Defensively, UW allowed Nebraska to march down the field on its opening drive until Wisconsin had its back against the wall in its own red zone. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Taylor, a bull with quick feet and sprinter's speed, gained 249 on his own, including a 75-yard touchdown in the first half.

The Badgers went to the run nearly exclusively on three straight scoring drives after Nebraska's Aaron Williams returned an interception to tie it 17-all early in the third quarter.

The Badgers added an insurance TD with 2:40 to play. Nothing fancy. Just fierce. "But they're persistent and they're powerful. Big". The Cornhuskers are also going to have offensive woes, as the Wisconsin defense is legit. "And a lot of times, forcing the corner to try to have to tackle".

That improvement of Bob Diaco's 3-4 defense. "He's going to get better and better as he understands how to play in that slot and the things that he can do in that slot". They had fun for three quarters, hitting more than 100 decibels on the stadium's new noise meter several times. Lee hit on 16 of 32 attempts for 262 yards in the losing cause. Williams had no tacklers to avoid and practically walked into the end zone to tie the game 17-17. Lee threw the ball hard at Ozigbo's back shoulder.

"On one drive, I told Micah Kapoi he could have played quarterback", Hornibrook said, referring to UW's reserve guard.

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Nebraska started with a 13-yard run by Devin Ozigbo and then a 37-yard completion to De'Mornay Pierson-El before. well a third and 2 pass from Tanner Lee for Ozigbo bounced off the RB and Chris Orr plucked it out of the air and was off to the races for a 78-yard pick-6, Lee's fourth of the season. Riley chose to punt both times. "You know we started off with a situation where you absolutely can't have against Wisconsin". After Hornibrook's touchdown pass to wide receiver Quintez Cephus capped a 10-play, 93-yard answer to Nebraska's game-tying score, Wisconsin ran the ball on its final 22 plays, resulting in two more time-consuming touchdown drives. The victory also led to the Badgers jumping a spot in our Land of 10 power poll to No. 3. Williams stepped in front of Alex Hornibrook's late throw with 10:38 left in the third quarter. Remember what that was like Nebraska fans? The stage was Nebraska's to seize.

The Badgers have been slow starters offensively in every game and they were again Saturday night.

Despite being a favorite, the Badgers already was facing a bit of an uphill climb, playing at Nebraska in a battle of the final two teams with no conference losses in the Big Ten West, at night (the Cornhuskers had won 20 straight home night games) with a charged-up crowd thanks to a reunion of the 1997 national championship team. New year. Usual story.

Junior linebacker Luke Gifford said the Huskers had the momentum after the pick-six and needed to step it up on defense.

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