Notes: Badgers Are Bowling Again

Notes: Badgers Are Bowling Again

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Notes: Badgers Are Bowling Again

MADISON, Wis. – Postgame notes from Wisconsin’s 31-17 win over Rutgers, provided by UW athletics.

TEAM NOTES

  • Today’s captains: senior ILB Ryan Connelly, senior OL Michael Deiter, senior S D’Cota Dixon and senior FB Alec Ingold.
  • Today’s attendance: 74,379
  • Wisconsin improved to 40-10 (.800) overall and 26-6 (.813) in Big Ten play under fourth-year head coach Paul Chryst. Chryst is 3-0 vs. Rutgers as a head coach, including 2-0 at UW.
  • Chryst is the 3rd coach in modern Big Ten history (1946-present) to win at least 40 of his first 50 career games at a league school:

WINS THRU 50 GAMES, BIG TEN (1946-PRES.)   

Coach (Years)                                                    Wins

Urban Meyer, Ohio State (2012-15)          47-3

Bo Schembechler, Michigan (1969-73)     44-6

Paul Chryst, Wisconsin (2015-18)               40-10

  • Chryst is the 3rd coach in modern Big Ten history (1946-present) — and the 5th all-time — to win 40 games in his first 4 seasons at a conference school:

WINS in FIRST 4 SEASONS, BIG TEN COACHES    

Coach (Years)                                                    Wins

Urban Meyer, Ohio State (2012-15)          50

Fielding Yost, Michigan (1901-04)*           43

Henry Williams, Minnesota (1900-03)*   42

Jim Tressel, Ohio State (2001-04)*            40

Paul Chryst, Wisconsin (2015-18)               40

* College Football Hall of Famer

  • The Badgers improved to 9-1 following a loss under Chryst.
  • At 6-3, Wisconsin is bowl-eligible for the 17th consecutive season. The Badgers’ run of 16 straight bowl game appearances is the longest active streak in the Big Ten and tied for the sixth-longest in the FBS.
  • UW is 51-13 (.797) over the last 5 seasons and trails only Alabama (61-5, .924 entering Saturday), Clemson (58-7, .892) and Ohio State (56-7, .889) in wins among FBS teams in that span.
  • The Badgers won their 12th straight Big Ten home game, extending a streak that dates to Oct. 29, 2016.
  • Overall, Wisconsin has won 19 of its last 21 league games, dating back to the 2016 season.
  • Wisconsin has gone 33-7 (.825) in conference play over the last 5 seasons (2014-18). Only Ohio State (35-4, .897 entering Saturday) has a better league record over that span.
  • The Badgers are 3-0 all-time vs. Rutgers, including a 2-0 mark in Madison.
  • Wisconsin’s 18-play, 78-yard scoring drive (8:47) in the second quarter — capped by a 32-yard Rafael Gaglianone field goal — was the Badgers’ longest in terms of plays since a 19-play, 89-yard touchdown drive (10:04) vs. Ohio State on Oct. 16, 2010.
  • Wisconsin ran 13 plays in the third quarter — all runs — for 163 yards (12.5 average) and 2 touchdowns by RB Jonathan Taylor.
  • UW ran for 317 yards, marking the fourth time this season topping the 300-yard mark.
  • Wisconsin converted 8 of 12 third down chances, equaling their season-best percentage (converted 6 of 9 vs. New Mexico on Sept. 8).
  • The Badgers’ defense broke up a season-high 8 passes and have recorded 14 breakups over their last 2 games.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor carried the ball 27 times for 208 yards and hauled in a career-long 30-yard reception in the third quarter.
  • Taylor matched his career high with 3 rushing touchdowns, his 4th multiple-touchdown game of the season, and the 7th of his career.
  • Taylor has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in 8 games this season, and 18 times in 23 career games.
  • Taylor now owns 9 career games of 150-plus yards, including 4 this season.
  • Taylor’s 6 career 200-yard games are 3rd-most by a Wisconsin player. Only 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne (14) and 2014 Heisman runner-up Melvin Gordon (7) have recorded more in a UW uniform.
  • Taylor now has 4 career games of at least 200 rushing yards and 3 TDs. No other FBS player has more than 2 such games over the last 2 seasons. He is also the first Big Ten player with 4 such games since former Badger Anthony Davis (2001-04).
  • Taylor has averaged 183.8 rushing yards in the Badgers’ 6 games at Camp Randall Stadium this season.
  • Junior QB Alex Hornibrook completed 7 of 16 passes 92 yards before leaving the game due to injury late in the first half.
  • Hornibrook is 26-5 (.839) as the Badgers’ starting QB, including a 20-3 (.870) mark in Big Ten play.
  • Sophomore QB Jack Coan entered the game for the second half and finished 5-for-7 for 64 yards, throwing his second-career touchdown pass on an 11-yard connection with Danny Davis in the fourth quarter.
  • Sophomore WR Danny Davis led UW with a career-high 6 catches for a season-high 60 yards. He also hauled in his 2nd touchdown pass of the season and the 7th of his career on an 11-yard pass from QB Jack Coan in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior RB Taiwan Deal tallied 77 yards on 9 carries, including a run of 29 yards, the second-longest of his career.
  • Freshman NT Bryson Williams made the first start of his career, becoming the 23rd first-time starter for the Badgers this season.
  • Senior ILB Ryan Connelly led UW with 8 tackles and registered his 3rd sack of the season. He now has 6.0 career sacks.
  • Senior OLB Andrew Van Ginkel recorded the first blocked kick of his career, blocking a Justin Davidovicz field goal attempt in the second quarter.
  • Sophomore CB Caesar Williams posted a career-high 7 tackles, while also logging a pass break-up and his first career half sack.
  • Senior K Rafael Gaglianone connected on a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter, adding his school record 67th-career field goal.
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