Taylor leads Badgers to victory in Nebraska


Wisconsin improves to 5-0 with a 2-0 record in-conference.

The Huskers took the opening kickoff and raced into the Wisconsin red zone before a huge momentum swing.

So, no, this wasn't just another game. The team was honored on the field during the Huskers' matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Well, after a 21-point defeat where they were manhandled down the stretch in the second half, will the players be able to bounce back in time to face yet another top-10 team in primetime this week vs. Ohio State?

Nebraska has held opposing offenses to under 250 yards multiple times this season, making the high-powered attack from the Badgers a big target. Late in the first half, Drew Brown missed a 33-yard field goal attempt as the clock expired. With a change at athletic director in Lincoln and the football program trending in the wrong direction, Riley will have to prove something in the second half to make a case to keep the job in 2018. Fumagalli suited up and played in the win, recording three catches for 31 yards.

At the half, Wisconsin lead Nebraska 17-10.

But the Huskers weren't done yet.

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.

Taylor's 249 yards were the third-most rushing yards ever by a Nebraska opponent.

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After Hornibrook's pick six, the Badgers drove 93 yards in 10 plays on the ensuing possession.

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.

Hornibrook finished 9 of 17 for 113 yards for Wisconsin. Wisconsin recovered the fumble, but was flagged 10 yards for holding and then flagged an additional half the distance to the goal line for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The crowd of 89,860 at Memorial Stadium was in full roar. Hornibrook has six touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last three games. They finished with an average of 7.2 yards per rush.

And yet, the junior quarterback stood at a podium inside Memorial Stadium after Nebraska's 38-17 loss trying to explain why one of his best performances of the season didn't translate into better results.

Despite trailing on the scoreboard, Nebraska went to the fourth quarter with a 364-341 edge in total yards. A 75 yard touchdown run extends the badgers lead 17-7. Taylor, Rachid Ibrahim and Bradrick Shaw each took turns pounding away between the tackles.

Lee added two carries for five yards in the game, as Nebraska managed 110 rushing yards on the night after Patrick O'Brien was sacked for a seven-yard loss on the Huskers' final drive of the game. Alex Hornibrook is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,011 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The redshirt freshman worked his way into the starting lineup at the start of the season and has fit right in with veterans Stanley Morgan Jr. and De'Mornay Pierson-El. On third-and-2 from the UW 17, Lee's swing pass to Ozigbo bounced off the junior's helmet and into the arms of a waiting defender.