Badgers Musings: Jonathan Taylor’s Coming Out Party
Death, Taxes and Badgers running backs having big games against Nebraska’s defense. Wisconsin Badgers did it again. They had another huge day on the ground versus Nebraska. Freshman Jonathan Taylor rushed for 249 yards with two touchdowns becoming the second freshman to rush for multiple 200-yard games in Badger history. The other one is a guy named Ron Dayne, one of the best players in school history. Wisconsin continues to make it case for being one of the best teams in the country if the nation will listen.
Taylor is a beast, a monster, a mfin’ problem – Woo boy what an outing from The Toolman. Taylor had himself an evening in Lincoln, Nebraska. He dominated the line of scrimmage and took over this football game. This game looked like a defensive struggle early with Wisconsin holding a 10-7 lead after Stanley Morgan caught a long touchdown for Nebraska, then Taylor responded right away with a 75-yard run to put Wisconsin back up 10. He should be the second-most feared running back in the Big Ten.
Badgers offense continues to cook – People are having issues with Alex Hornibrook this morning. Let’s face it. He’s not perfect out there, but he is a game manager for a Wisconsin team that needs only that. He made a terrible pass that led to an interception return for a touchdown. Still, the Badgers scored 31 points on offense. They haven’t scored less than 30 all season. Whether you like it or not, Hornibrook is manufacturing drives down the field. The reason Taylor is so successful is the fact they’re always a chance Wisconsin can pass the ball.
Defense doesn’t back down – On a night where the Cornhuskers were remembering the 97′ National Championship team who had one of the best defenses ever in college football, it was the away team that stole the show. They held Nebraska to 10 points and had a 78-yard interception return to kick off the game from Chris Orr. This Badgers defense had one hiccup with Morgan’s deep pass, but other than that, they were able to keep this Husker offense at bay.
Wisconsin heads home to play Purdue in a game that’s not a given like some may think if they haven’t watched much college football this season. Jeff Brohm did not even need a year to start making Purdue into a winner again as they have two Big Ten wins for the first time in awhile. This game will be a fun one on Saturday afternoon.