Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 17

10 October, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Leticia Riley
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It had all the hype, all the pageantry.

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.

Instead, it was especially frustrating. The Cornhuskers, in a state of disarray after a loss to Northern Illinois, had confidence and momentum after opening the Big Ten with wins over Rutgers and Illinois. The stars felt aligned. Taylor rattled off runs of 7, 15 and 10 yards to flip the field.

You could just feel the energy deflate from the party balloons.

As usual in this series, it wasn't easy, but Wisconsin kept its self-proclaimed hopes for a national title alive with a huge 38-17 victory over the loaded-for-bear Cornhuskers.

Penalties made things easier for Nebraska early, as Wisconsin suffered five calls for 55 total penalty yards, making it hard to truly build offensive momentum.

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.

How would you grade Nebraska's overall performance against Wisconsin? In his first five college games, Taylor has compiled 767 yards and nine touchdowns, scoring at least once in every game.

Above all, Wisconsin displayed its ability to adjust effectively to changes in game flow. And with Ohio State coming to town next Saturday, being average will only lead to another loss.

There were a lot of people who viewed Nebraska's showdown against No. 9 Wisconsin on Saturday night as a potentially season-changing game in one way or another. For goodness sake, he had 212 yards passing at half, and was clearly Nebraska's best chance to move the ball consistently.

No. 9 Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) ended Nebraska's 20-game winning streak in home night games at Memorial Stadium in the process while the Huskers (3-3, 2-1) couldn't capitalize on career highs from running back Devine Ozigbo (112 yards on 23 attempts) and wideout JD Spielman (six catches for 79 yards).

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Lee completed 16-of-32 passes for 262 yards with one touchdown and one interception. And then the usually automatic Drew Brown missed a 33-yard field goal.

This is a program in need of big wins. Can Nebraska respond before a bad game in the trenches becomes a trend?

NU just didn't do that against the Badgers.

"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.

"We threw him a corner in the end zone, that I think that he'll come up with eventually", Riley said.

Quarterback Alex Hornibrook had just thrown late to the sideline, only to see Nebraska safety Aaron Williams intercept the pass on the UW 14 and dance to the end zone to forge a tie with 10 minutes 43 seconds left in the third quarter.

They ran on eight of 10 plays while going 93 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, which Quintez Cephus scored on a 5-yard pass.

It wasn't to be on this night. D'Cota Dixon leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 36 tackles, Garret Dooley has 4.5 sacks and T.J. Edwards has two interceptions.

The Badgers made defensive adjustments, shutting down the Nebraska offense in the second half.

Not to be outdone, Wisconsin's defense stymied a Nebraska running game that had been effective in the first half.

Speaking of ghosts, this is what the '97 Nebraska team did well - physically wore on the opposition and forced its will in the fourth quarter.



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