How to Watch Wisconsin vs. Nebraska

Toni Houston
October 10, 2017

So, no, this wasn't just another game. You bet. Is there a chance Nebraska can turn their season around? And with Ohio State coming to town next Saturday, being average will only lead to another loss. The Badgers stayed in command despite giving up a season-high 381 total yards of offense. The defense surrendered huge chunks of real estate in the first half. 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. It matched the seventh-longest pass play in school history and the longest connection since a 90-yard touchdown pass in the 2013 Gator Bowl.

But the Huskers weren't done yet.

Nebraska ended up moving the ball into Wisconsin territory eight times on the night yet managed just 17 points, including a missed field goal and not including a lost fumble near midfield late in the game.

For a guy whose face was on a milk carton for the first three weeks of the season, Ozigbo's role in Nebraska's offense sure has done a complete 180.

Taylor's 249 yards were the third-most rushing yards ever by a Nebraska opponent. After an Aaron Williams pick-six, tied the game at 17 in the third quarter, Wisconsin rattled off the game's final 21 points. Nebraska then pinned Wisconsin deep inside its own 10 yard line on the ensuing kickoff - sure felt like momentum was squarely on NU's side.

The blackout at Memorial Stadium had all the elements created to make it appear to be a special night for Husker football. After two more running plays to other backs, Hornibrook connected with Quintez Cephus on a 31-yard pass to convert on 3rd-and-4 from the Wisconsin 45.

Wisconsin compiled a tenacious drive, Hornibrook and Taylor working in tandem to pick up big chunks of yardage. Cephus led the Badger receivers with four receptions for 68 yards on the night.


"(Wisconsin) is persistent, and they're powerful", Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said in his post game press conference.

Despite trailing on the scoreboard, Nebraska went to the fourth quarter with a 364-341 edge in total yards.

For anyone curious about what Wisconsin football means, look no further than Wisconsin's 10 play, 5:42 minute, 89-yard touchdown drive.

A Taylor 75-yard scamper regained momentum for the Badgers on the next drive, helping them pull away for a 17-7 lead. Shaw added 43 yards and a score on 12 carries, while Rachid Ibrahim contributed 51 yards on seven carries.

How would you grade Nebraska's overall performance against Wisconsin?

Nebraska got two big-time additions to its secondary last week with the returns of cornerback Chris Jones from a knee injury and safety Joshua Kalu from a hamstring.

Lee has tossed 11 touchdowns and been intercepted 10 times. Morgan finished his night with four receptions for 115 yards and a score, while freshman wide receiver JD Spielman added career highs with six catches for 79 yards. Dooley would deliver a similar impact later, putting tremendous pressure on Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee on third down, forcing a sloppy and easily broken up pass attempt, ultimately resulting in a Nebraska punt.

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