How to Watch Wisconsin vs. Nebraska

Ruben Hill
October 8, 2017

The Badgers (5-0, 2-0) beat the Huskers (3-3, 2-1) for the fifth straight time and took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. But on this night, a soft Nebraska run defense meant the Badgers didn't need much from the All-Big Ten star from a receiving standpoint.

Wisconsin had a pick-six of its own when Chris Orr snagged a ball that glanced off intended receiver Ozigbo and returned it 78 yards on the game's fifth play from scrimmage.

Devine Ozigbo had 112 yards on 23 carries for the Huskers. It was the fourth pick-six thrown by Tanner Lee this season and his 10th interception.

Taylor responded by outrunning the Nebraska defense on a 75-yard touchdown run the very next play from scrimmage.

UW allowed 313 yards in the first half alone, more than in any other full game this season, but the Cornhuskers' flurry of missed opportunities hindered its ability to take an early lead.

The Huskers would end up moving the ball inside UW territory on all three of their drives in the first quarter, but Wisconsin shot itself in the foot nearly just as much with four penalties for 50 yards in the opening quarter alone.

Jonathan Taylor's brilliant, 249-yard performance behind a hobbled offensive line and UW's return to dominance on defense in the second half allowed the Badgers to pull away for a 38-17 victory, but reaching that conclusion in a hostile road environment was anything but simple. Lee and Stanley Morgan Jr. hooked up for an 80-yard catch-and-run, Nebraska's longest pass play since 2014.

Wisconsin then started its ensuing possession backed up at its own eight-yard line, but the Badgers still managed to come up with a huge answer by marching the length of the field and reclaiming the lead on a five-yard touchdown pass to Quintet Cephus.

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

Wisconsin once again relied exclusively on the ground attack from there, rushing another 10 times in a row to add a one-yard Bradrick Shaw touchdown that made it 38-17 with 2:40 on the clock. Its third fizzled at the Wisconsin 44 and - after the Blackshirts forced a three-and-out - the hosts put together a 12-play trek that ended with Brown missing a 33-yarder wide right.

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