Notes: Abbrederis Responds

Sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis' crucial first-quarter fumble could have swung the tide forever in favor of No.8 Nebraska. After seeing the Cornhuskers open the scoring, No.7 Wisconsin went to work, and Abbrederis was one of the key factors in the Badgers rolling up the offense.

MADISON - It's not likely you'll see Jared Abbrederis drop a pass during a game, but it's out of characteristic for him to fumble on a punt return. Therefore, Saturday was out of the norm for the sophomore walk-on, as his fumble in the first quarter led to the great field position for Nebraska, results in the game's opening touchdown and momentum on the Huskers side.

"I have to look at what happened. I'm pretty sure he put the helmet right to the ball so I just have to make sure next time I really secure the ball," Abbrederis said.

Although Abbrederis fumbled on the return, he was able to block it out of his memory and responded by catching five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also had two carries for 23 yards as Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst dusted off the end around.

"Just trying to do everything I can to help us win," Abbrederis said. "Obviously I don't want us to lose that way because of the fumble. You just have to play by play, let it go, and working through it."

"It's not what happens in the game, it's how you react to what happens and Abby was devastated there," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said.

Abbrederis could be the next in line of great walk-ons at Wisconsin. Not only is he a talented player but he's also a high character guy according to his coach.

"Abby, he's a very, very good athlete," Bielema said. "His character is off the charts. Mom and dad did a great job of raising a great kid very religious. A man of faith I think that's what makes him stronger because he has that personal strength inside of him."

For the first time this year, Wisconsin trailed and the offense had to find a way to overcome the deficit.

"I think it was great, obviously when we face adversity and we overcome it," Abbrederis said. "It's good for us. Next time it happens if it does we can look back at what we did and keep on going forward. It was exciting to see us comeback."

Nick Toon and Russell Wilson have a great relationship, but Abbrederis and Wilson are starting to form a relationship, as well, especially since the duo have hooked up for 196 receiving yards the past two weeks.

"Jared had a great game he stepped up and made some plays," said Toon. "The balls in the air and he was able to go get it. There's really not else much to say about Abbrederis he's a great player."

Abbrederis will be able to savior the gameday atmosphere a little bit more this week going into a bye week, although he's looking forward to getting into game preparation against Indiana.

"It was great. Our fans, I think they're one of the best in the nation. They do a great job. I was on the field before the game during warm-ups and I said you could just feel the energy," Abbrederis said."It'll be nice, but I'm looking forward to getting back, getting to the next game, and keeping the season rolling. Obviously, any time you get a break it's nice to get everybody on the team healthy and get a little extra work in for the next game."

Toon Passes his Dad

It was a memorable night for Nick Toon. Not only did he finishing with four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in Wisconsin's victory, but he also passed his father, Al, on Wisconsin's all time receptions list. Even with Nick passing his dad on the receptions list, he still went about his business. Toon showed off his athleticism in the first quarter going over two Nebraska defenders (Ciante Evans and Daimion Stafford) to grab a pass from Wilson for 38 yards.

"I just jumped up, the ball was kind of on my outside, and I was able to get both of my hands on it. I just reeled it in and secured it as I came down," Toon said.

Toon also showed his speed outrunning the cornerback and the safety on a 46-yard inside slant for the touchdown just before halftime, a catch that put him ahead of his father.

"Nick has been playing big," Bielema said. "He's catching the ball so well in his hands that's the part that I think that's what separates him from other guys and allows him to make that play. He can't put it against his chest he has to pull it off other people. He's caught the ball extremely well with his hands."

Nebraska was able to stop Wisconsin's running game early on, but Wilson and his teammates continued to follow the game plan.

"We didn't change anything, continued to do what we had been practicing all week. Things started clicking and we got it going," Toon said.

Welch Returns

There was speculation throughout the week whether or not Philip Welch would make his debut this week against Nebraska after going through kicks Wednesday in practice. Welch ended up handling all the extra points, finishing 4 of 5 and seeing his second PAT being blocked by defensive tackle Jared Crick.

"I'm very excited to have Phil back," Bielema said. "He really basically over the last three-four weeks kind've taken things on himself. He was hitting the ball today in pregame and Charlie (Partridge) said, ‘Coach, we're nuts. We got to kick him.' He's kicking as good as he's ever kicked. Hopefully it's going to be a great senior year for him."

Extra Points: Wisconsin has won eight consecutive Big Ten games with an average margin of victory of 26.8 … Wisconsin won its seventh-consecutive night game and improves to 28-3 in its last 31 night games … Wisconsin's 48 points were the most scored on Nebraska since Oklahoma put up 62 in a 34-point victory on 2008.

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