Nebraska-Wisconsin: Tracking the offense, defense

Nebraska-Wisconsin: Tracking the offense, defense

(Lincoln) - Johnathan Taylor rushed for 249 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin pulled away in the second half for a 38-17 win over Nebraska.

The Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) can put a firm grip on the B10 West with a victory today at Nebraska.

Lee's pass bounced off the receiver's helmet and Wisconsin's Chris Orr picked off the rebound and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.

Then of course there's true freshman Jonathan Taylor who has surprised many this season. "I know I have to do my job and trust the guys to do theirs". We pride ourselves on being a smart offense running back group.

"That's what we were trying to work towards - to give them an opportunity with a call, try to help with calls", Diaco said.

What Taylor did was all too familiar for the Cornhuskers.

Above all, Wisconsin displayed its ability to adjust effectively to changes in game flow. It was the longest punt by a Husker since Sam Foltz had a 70-yard punt at Wisconsin in 2014.

UW finished with 353 rushing yards.

"I think I definitely feel comfortable with him, especially third down", Lee said.

Nebraska reached Badger territory on each of its first four drives but came up scoreless.

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Aaron Williams' 14-yard interception return for a touchdown with 10:42 left in the third quarter tied the score at 17 and the Huskers should have had all the momentum.

As was the case all game long, Wisconsin took back the momentum on a 93-yard scoring drive that took more than five minutes off the clock to grab the lead at 24-17.

Nebraska's next drive ended with a fumble after a completion on a short completion from Lee to Morgan, and Wisconsin turned the mistake into points with a 10-play, 40-yard drive that ate up 6:15 and ended with a one-yard plunge by Bradrick Shaw with 2:40 left to extend the Badger margin to 38-17.

"Obviously very disappointed in the loss", Nebraska coach Mike Riley said.

Watching a Wisconsin running back pound a Nebraska defense for over 200 yards has become a familiar sight to Husker fans in recent years, and they had to witness it again Saturday night. For the campaign, he owns a 30-510-5 receiving line through five games played. Cornhuskers QB Tanner Lee's tipped-ball interception in the first quarter was his 10th in six games, tops in FBS. The Blackshirt defense held the Badgers to a field goal on their first offensive possession. Tanner Lee hit a streaking Stanley Morgan for an 80-yard TD to get the Huskers on the board with 1:20 to go in the half.

Particularly after the Cornhuskers appeared to swing momentum their way early in the second half with a defensive touchdown that unleashed a deafening roar from the sellout crowd of almost 90,000. Like I said, just talking with the linemen seeing if our run fits.

"You learn that despite what circumstances might come up", he said, "we are going to keep playing. It was there and it was great execution".

"Just starting at practice, just going out there, be good everyday at practice".

Nebraska hosts No. 10 Ohio State, which beat the Huskers 62-3 past year.

The Badgers should move up a couple spots after two teams ahead of them, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 MI, lost.

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