Wisconsin Outlasts Nebraska, 41-24

Wisconsin Outlasts Nebraska, 41-24

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Wisconsin Outlasts Nebraska, 41-24

MADISON, Wis. – The annual fight for freedom saw Wisconsin’s running game put the handcuffs on Nebraska yet again

Jonathan Taylor rushed for 221 yards and his first three touchdowns since Sept.8, as No.16 Wisconsin lead wire-to-wire to defeat Nebraska, 41-24, to retain the Freedom Trophy at Camp Randall Stadium.

Taylor has cleared the 100-yard mark in all five games this season for Wisconsin (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which has made it a yearly tradition of running ragged over the Huskers. When senior tailback Taiwan Deal scored a touchdown from 20 yards in the third quarter, the Badgers eclipsed 200 team rushing yards for the third consecutive time in the series.

If there was any doubt of UW’s ability to wear down the Huskers (0-5, 0-3), Taylor went 88 yards on his first fourth-quarter carry for the Badgers’ fourth rushing touchdown of the night. UW finished with 370 yards on the ground

Nebraska made things interesting early in the second half with a 75-yard touchdown catch by JD Spielman, but Taylor answered right back with a 21-yard scoring scamper on the ensuing drive.

UW made things tougher on the Huskers when outside linebacker Tyler Johnson forced a fumble on quarterback Adrian Martinez on the ensuing drive, leading to Deal’s touchdown run.

Despite Nebraska gaining 518 yards of offense and Martinez throwing for 384 yards, the first opponent to throw for over 300 yards against Wisconsin since Penn State’s Trace McSorley in 2016, the Huskers couldn’t get closer than 17 the rest of the way in what turned into the program’s ninth consecutive defeat.

Wisconsin hits the road for a third consecutive night game, facing No.15 Michigan in Ann Arbor next Saturday.

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