Five Takeaways - Wisconsin 45, New Mexico 14

Five Takeaways - Wisconsin 45, New Mexico 14

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Five Takeaways - Wisconsin 45, New Mexico 14

MADISON, Wis. – A 35-point second half turned a nail-biter into a laugher for the University of Wisconsin, which used turnovers and the legs of Jonathan Taylor to pull away for a 45-14 win over New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.

No.5 Wisconsin (2-0) won its 41st consecutive non-conference game at home, the fifth-longest streak by an FBS team in the modern era (since 1946), and notched its 20th straight regular season win.

Here are five takeaways from the victory over the Lobos

Jonathan Taylor is a special tailback …

Yes, New Mexico’s defense is porous and leaked like a sieve for the second straight week. That still shouldn’t take away from what Wisconsin’s sophomore tailback was able to achieve. Taylor set career highs with 33 carries for 253 yards, as well as matching his career high with three rushing touchdowns.

Becoming the eighth player in school history to rush for over 250 yards in a game, Taylor topped 100 yards for the 12th time in his 16-game UW career, the 150-yard plateau for the sixth time and the 200-yard mark for the fourth.

“Coach always talks about how it is a matter of inches,” center Tyler Biadasz said. “Six inches can matter from a 5-yard play to a 60-yard play. Jon finds those tight holes and we obviously try to make them a lot bigger. He can make a lot more plays with that. He had a hell of a game.”

Averaging 7.7 yards per carry, Taylor has seven runs of at least 10 yards, including a long run of 43 yards in the third quarter that started giving the Badgers some breathing room. More impressively is that a lot of his yards were well earned between the tackles, as Wisconsin pounded out 417 rushing yards.

However …

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