"We knew all of those things".
If that point spread stands by kickoff, it will be the largest spread for a game in which Mizzou is the underdog since 2000. The next drive saw Wisconsin run the ball on all 10 plays with Taylor running in from two yards out. "When you have a guy like that that gets back and might be OK on Friday afternoon, if you can get by without playing him, he's going to be better off for it and so will your team probably".
Just seconds after Nebraska burned UW's secondary with an 80-yard touchdown pass, thanks to a blown coverage, UW started at its 25.
Taylor, who carried 25 times, had his second 200-yard performance in five games and the Badgers finished with 353 rushing yards, their most on the road since going for 564 yards at in in 2012. He returned it 78 yards for the touchdown, on what was just the fifth play from scrimmage. It was his first run of meaningful carries this season, and he's also proven himself in pass protection. The Blackshirt defense held the Badgers to a field goal on their first offensive possession.
Brown missed a 33-yard attempt early in the second quarter.
"I thought we executed up front", Badgers coach Paul Chryst said. You bet. Is there a chance Nebraska can turn their season around? Only two of those seven drives ended in points.
Freshman Jonathan Taylor had 249 of those yards on the ground. "We have to figure out a way to have these long extensive drives but with a finish with points and preferably touchdowns".
The two teams exchanged unproductive drives to start the third quarter, before a 57-yard punt by Caleb Lightbourn pinned the Badgers at their own 12 with 11:28 left in the period.
Wisconsin did have six players listed as questionable on Monday's injury report, including offensive lineman Jon Dietzen and running back Taiwan Deal. Short and measured passes followed by gritty run plays would put the Huskers in a terrific scoring position. The fourth quarter was particularly one-sided as Wisconsin had the ball for 13:16.
The 1997 team was the last to be coached by Tom Osborne and the last Nebraska football team to win a national title. "I think we had moved the ball decently at halftime and had pretty good totals but not much to show for it".
The Huskers had just 68 yards of offense in the second half.
"I think that was our goal the whole time, just to play our brand of football", tight end Troy Fumagalli said. And we did. We executed well that drive. (Wisconsin) kept us from doing that today. 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.
A Taylor 75-yard scamper regained momentum for the Badgers on the next drive, helping them pull away for a 17-7 lead.
Memorial Stadium was rocking after Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee hit wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for an 80-yard score to cut UW's lead to 10-7 with1:20 left in the second quarter.
Wisconsin then took 6:15 off the clock with ten running plays, ending with a one-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore back Bradrick Shaw.