Upon Further Review: Badgers at Nebraska

Upon Further Review: Badgers at Nebraska

Nebraska has improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 28-6 win at IL last week.

It looked like Nebraska would have a chance against Wisconsin Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The Wisconsin Badgers have won six straight home games.

Nebraska hosts No. 10 Ohio State, which beat the Huskers 62-3 past year. The Cornhuskers (3-3, 2-1) managed just 71 yards in the second half.

Second-half quarterback pressure was much improved.

The Nebraska offense had more than 300 yards in the first half, including a Tanner Lee to Stanley Morgan Jr. Drive: 1 play, 80 yards.

"We pinned them inside the 10, and it was a great opportunity for us, but they very mechanically, methodically and physically did what they do", Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. He returned it 78 yards for the touchdown, on what was just the fifth play from scrimmage. D'Cota Dixon leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 36 tackles, Garret Dooley has 4.5 sacks and T.J. Edwards has two interceptions.

But the Huskers weren't done yet. But on a second and 8 from the Wisconsin 23, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf called for a pass in the right flat to running back Devine Ozigbo. Instead, Nebraska would miss a 33-yard field goal attempt and would remain scoreless.

Nebraska's offense moved the ball.

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

The Blackshirts forced Wisconsin to punt on the opening drive of the drive of the second half and the Huskers took over at their 26. After an Aaron Williams pick-six, tied the game at 17 in the third quarter, Wisconsin rattled off the game's final 21 points.

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With the momentum in hand and the Badgers buried at their own 7, the Memorial Stadium crowd was at a fever pitch, but visiting Wisconsin found an answer.

Then of course there's true freshman Jonathan Taylor who has surprised many this season. He added another 15-yard burst later in the drive, which ended with Hornibrook finding Quintez Cephus for a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Wisconsin did have six players listed as questionable on Monday's injury report, including offensive lineman Jon Dietzen and running back Taiwan Deal.

Shaw finished Saturday's game with 12 carries for 43 yards. Cephus led the Badger receivers with four receptions for 68 yards on the night.

UW ran the ball on its final 22 plays-for 125 yards and two touchdowns-against Nebraska.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Taylor hit the 200 yard mark for the second time this year.

Wisconsin finished with 466 total yards, while Nebraska finished with 381. Although Nebraska had out-gained Wisconsin 313-218 - the most yards Wisconsin had given up in the first half on the year - Wisconsin retained a well-deserved lead.

Lee has tossed 11 touchdowns and been intercepted 10 times. De'Mornay Pierson-El added three receptions for 59 yards, while Ozigbo pitched in four catches for 18 yards.

Either the Huskers would pull off an upset and emerge as legit contenders in the Big Ten West, or they'd lose and be left trying to salvage whatever was left of their 2017 season.