Huskers can't keep momentum against Badgers


Taylor accounted for 71 percent of Wisconsin's production on the ground, piling up a season-high 249 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.

Missouri has been an underdog by 20 points or more nine times since the 2000 game at Nebraska, according to "I think for a guy that would've played more runner and DB in high school and is a redshirt freshman, he doesn't blink, he's a real competitor". We pride ourselves on being a smart offense running back group.

"I thought we executed up front", Badgers coach Paul Chryst said.

What Taylor did was all too familiar for the Cornhuskers. On a night when Nebraska honored the 1997 national title team, it was the Badgers who exerted their will at the line of scrimmage as the game wore on, outgaining Nebraska 466-381 overall. 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.

Morgan finished with four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

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Nos. 8/9 Wisconsin responded with a 93-yard drive in 10 plays that with quarterback Alex Hornibrook hitting receiver Quintez Cephus for a 5-yard scoring pass. Next time they ran on all 10 plays as they went 80 yards, with Taylor bulling in from the 2.

NU recovered to engineer an 11-play, 60-yard drive that ended in a Drew Brown 32-yard field goal to cut the visitors' lead to 17-10 as time expired at the half.

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"It looked like we were holding it together for a while", NU coach Mike Riley said.

It was the second 200-yard game for Taylor, who recorded the third-best rushing performance against Nebraska in its proud history. Cornhuskers QB Tanner Lee's tipped-ball interception in the first quarter was his 10th in six games, tops in FBS.

The Badgers, though, would strike right back on the first play of their ensuing possession when Taylor ran around the right side to go 75 yards to the house.

After a 38-yard punt by Wisconsin's Anthony Lotti resulted in a touchback to give the Huskers the ball at their own 20 with 1:32 remaining, Lee connected with Stanley Morgan Jr. on a deep crossing route and Morgan did the rest, racing 80 yards down the Nebraska sideline into the end zone.

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.

"I think it's just about finishing", quarterback Tanner Lee said.

Wisconsin ran 34 plays after the Hornibrook interception. "It was there and it was great execution".

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. "As a defense, I think we played three pretty good quarters of football and then for whatever reason stuff went south a little bit". The 14 points allowed in the fourth quarter were the first points the Wisconsin defense has allowed in the second half all season.