Jonathan Taylor's Purdue Performance Earns Big Ten Honors

Jonathan Taylor's Purdue Performance Earns Big Ten Honors

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Jonathan Taylor's Purdue Performance Earns Big Ten Honors

MADISON, Wis. – A career performance earned Jonathan Taylor a familiar honor.

Wisconsin’s sophomore tailback was awarded his fourth Big Ten offensive player of the week honor Monday after his career-high 321 yards and three touchdowns in Wisconsin’s 47-44 triple-overtime victory at Purdue Saturday.

Averaging 169.9 rushing yards per game, 31.6 yards more than any other FBS player, Taylor ran for 247 yards after halftime, beginning with an 80-yard run on the first play of the third quarter to tie the game at 10.

Taylor added 61 yards and two of Wisconsin’s three overtime touchdowns, including the game-winning 17-yard run.

The performance was the third highest single-game total in Wisconsin history behind Melvin Gordon’s 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014 and Ron Dayne’s 339 yards versus Hawaii in 1996

Now has 3,846 career rushing yards, Taylor broke fellow Badger Ron Dayne’s FBS record for combined rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore and joined Dayne (3,566 yards in 1996-97) and Georgia’s Herschel Walker (3,507, 1980-81) as the only FBS players to tally 3,500 rushing yards in their first two seasons

Taylor shared the offensive player of the week honor with Ohio State sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Wisconsin (7-4, 6-3 Big Ten) finishes the regular season by hosting Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) Saturday. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

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