Halftime Analysis: Wisconsin 24, WKU 0

Halftime Analysis: Wisconsin 24, WKU 0

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Halftime Analysis: Wisconsin 24, WKU 0

MADISON – As if Camp Randall wasn’t already rocking enough with the start of the 2018 season, Wisconsin sophomore tailback Jonathan Taylor helped kick the party into high gear.

Taylor scored two touchdowns in the first half and rushed for a cool 100 yards on 11 carries, giving the fourth-ranked Badgers a 24-0 halftime lead over Western Kentucky in Friday’s opener.

Breaking the FBS freshman rushing record (1,977 yards) last season, Taylor didn’t waste much time notching his 11th 100-yard rushing performance of his young career.

His first carry of UW’s second drive was vintage Taylor, reading his blocks through the left side of the line and breaking a pair of tackles on his way to a 47-yard touchdown run. 

His second touchdown was eerily similar, breaking a pair of would-be tackles through the left side of the line for a 30-yard scamper with 3:48 remaining in the first half. There weren’t many passing highlights to that point, but junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook settled in to deliver a pristine two-minute drill.

Going 75 yards in 11 plays in just 1 minute, 48 seconds, Hornibrook went 5-for-6 on the drive, hit four different receivers and had a pair of 20-plus yard passing plays to give the offense some life.

But on a warm August night, the real stars early on was Wisconsin’s new-look defensive unit.

Needing to replace seven starters from one of the nation’s top unit last season, the Badgers were stout against the rebuilding Hilltoppers. Six drives for Western Kentucky equaled four three-and-out drives and only 79 yards of total offense.

After winning the toss and deferring, Western Kentucky will start the second half with the ball.

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