In its first conference game and with an estimated 10,000 of its faithful looking on, No.8 Nebraska got its teeth kicked in kicked in by No.7 Wisconsin, scoring 34 straight points to turn a dogfight into another laugher. When the dust settled, the Badgers cemented themselves as conference and national title contenders by beating No.8 Nebraska, 48-17, in front of a rowdy 81,384 fans at Camp Randall
Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson was again spectacular, starting the game 12 of 16 for 233 yards, two passing touchdowns and a running touchdown. Wilson finished with 255 passing yards and silenced all the critics that Wisconsin's gaudy offensive numbers were simply due to the fact that the Badgers played weak competition.
Wisconsin finished with 486 yards of total offense with a balanced attack, as the running game added 231 rushing yards to Wilson's passing totals. Montee Ball carried the load, rushing 30 times for 151 yards (100 coming in the second half) and four touchdowns.
Nebraska sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez started fast for the Cornhuskers, but was quickly humbled by the Badgers' aggressive defense. Force to make decisions on the run, Martinez threw three interceptions that turned into 21 Wisconsin points.
The Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will get to enjoy this one a little longer, seeing as Wisconsin has its bye next week before hosting Indiana on October 15. Nebraska (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will look to rebound next week in its conference home opener against Ohio State.
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9 plays, 39 yards, 3:14 TOP, 6:02 left
Taylor Martinez 1-yard run (Brett Maher kick)
Key Play:Wisconsin's first fumble of the season proves costly for the Badgers. After the defense did its job, Jared Abbrederis made a few guys miss on a 21-yard punt return but fumbled on his own 39, giving the Huskers prime field position.
9 plays, 91 yards, 4:31 TOP, 1:27 left
Montee Ball 1-yard run (Philip Welch kick)
Key Play:On first-and-10, Wisconsin got Russell Wilson moving, and the move paid off. Wilson shed a tackle attempt and made LB Sean Fisher look foolish, as Wilson's like pivot broke Fisher's ankles and gave UW a 21-yard gain to the Nebraska 25.
10 plays, 74 yards, 3:36 TOP, 12:45 left
Rex Burkhead 1-yard run (Maher kick)
Key Play:Wisconsin stopped Martinez from running, but they didn't stop him from passing. The sophomore showed surprising touch with his funky delivery, but it's easy to hit wide-open receivers. Breakdown in coverage allowed Martinez to complete a 29-yard and a 28-yard pass to open receivers, the latter going to Ben Cotton down to the 1.
6 plays, 77 yards, 2:50 TOP, 9:48 left
Montee Ball 3-yard run (kick blocked)
Key Play:Nebraska CB Ciante Evans looked to have a backpedaling interception, but Nick Toon had none of it. Wilson's pass appeared to go just over Evans hands and Toon, between Evans and safety Daimion Stafford, reeled in a beautiful 38-yard catch at the Nebraska 39.
6 plays, 54 yards, 2:49 TOP, 2:03 left
Jared Abbrederis 36-yard pass from Wilson (Welch kick)
Key Play:The old statue of liberty play works for Wisconsin. Faking the pitch and holding the ball at his side, the Nebraska defensive line maintained backside containment, but the secondary lost Abbrederis in the shuffle. Wilson made a great pass, and Abbdrederis made a diving catch over the goal line.
5 plays, 63 yards, :46 TOP, :32 left
Nick Toon 46-yard pass from Wilson (Welch kick)
Key Play:Russell Wilson is so good. With his offensive line giving him plenty of time, Wilson connected with Toon, who out ran both of his defenders on an inside slant, in stride for 46 yards, surpassing his father in all-time receptions at UW.
7 plays, 42 yards, 3:25 TOP, 11:21 left
Russell Wilson 10-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play:Again, Russell Wilson is so good. Wilson threw out the stiff arm on P.J. Smith and waltzed in from 10-yards out, capping off great field position Wisconsin got when Antonio Fenelus picked off Martinez.
14 plays, 81 yards, 7:06 TOP, 2:36 left
Montee Ball 4-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play:Wisconsin went 4-for-4 on its 14 play drive, converting distances of 8,1,6 and 5.
10 plays, 52 yards, 3:36 TOP, 13:35 left
FG Brett Maher 32
Key Play:Nebraska was moving the ball efficiently ... until Jump Around happened. Nebraska's two fourth quarter plays went for minus-7 yards, as the Huskers decided to take some points.
13 plays, 73 yards, 8:15 TOP, 5:11 left
Montee Ball 15-yard run (Welch kick)
Key Play:Montee Ball has 30 carries, 151 yards and four touchdowns. The student section is still packed, while the amount of Blackshirts in the stands is getting smaller and smaller.
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