Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 31-17 win over Rutgers

Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 31-17 win over Rutgers

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Five Takeaways from Wisconsin’s 31-17 win over Rutgers

1, Hornibrook Struggles, Injuries Remain

A week off did nothing to cure Alex Hornibrook of his ailments. The junior went 7-for-16 with 92 yards, no touchdowns and two poorly thrown interceptions in the first half. Already missing last week’s game with a concussion, Hornibrook’s day ended after he was whipped down to the turf at the end of the first half, hitting the field hard and immediately grabbing his helmet in pain. Sophomore Jack Coan was under center for the second half and finished with 64 passing yards and a score.

2, Taylor Flourishes

After having a season-low 48 yards against Northwestern, Jonathan Taylor was back to his usual tricks Saturday against the Scarlet Knights. Taylor rushed for 208 yards and three scores, including a 38-yard run on UW’s first drive of the second half to make it 17-0. Averaging 7.7 yards per carry, the Scarlet Knights had a very hard time slowing him down.

3, Dominant Linebacking Play

Ryan Connelly and TJ Edwards had a day in the middle of the defense, combining for 15 tackles and limiting all the run up the middle and the crossing routes. Connelly (eight tackles) had one of UW’s two tackles for loss and one of the team’s four quarterback hurries, while Edwards (seven tackles) had two of the team’s eight pass breakups. With the help of Andrew Van Ginkel off the edge, the Badgers have solidified a nice linebacker core heading into the stretch run of their season

4, Dominating the Box Score

Wisconsin basically outperformed Rutgers in every statistical category Saturday.

First Downs – UW 26, Rutgers 13

Average Yards Per Play – UW 6.9, Rutgers 5.1

Rushing Yards – UW 317, Rutgers 72

Third-Down Conversions – UW 8-12, Rutgers 9-19

The list can go on and on, but the Badgers beat Rutgers in every way Saturday at Camp Randall.

5, First Down Ferguson

It seems every time the Badgers need a play or need to move the chains, they call on Jake Ferguson through the air. He made two pivotal first down catches, including a 13 yard catch-and-run on third-and-12 to set up a fourth quarter touchdown. Developing as the offense’s best story of the season, Ferguson has been a big time target at the tight end position this year and helped the unit overcome the loss of All-American tight end Troy Fumagali.

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