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Wisconsin wins in Lincoln – Huskers run out of gas

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The Huskers offense couldn’t sustain last weeks success as the Big Red fell to the Badgers 38-17 in Lincoln Saturday night.

An opening 58-yard drive from Tanner Lee ended in disaster when a short pass on third down to Devine Ozigbo bounced off his fingers and resulted in a Wisconsin pick six. That turnover swung the early momentum in the Badgers favor as the Huskers offense was stagnant for most of the first half.

After a field goal from Wisconsin, both defenses bunkered down until Tanner Lee fired an 80-yard strike to Stanley Morgan Jr for a touchdown to bring the Huskers within 3 with 1:32 left to play in the half.

Wisconsin would answer on the very next play from scrimmage as true freshman Jonathan Taylor would rip off a 75-yard touchdown run to put the Badgers up 17-7.

As time was winding down in the second quarter Tanner Lee led the Huskers down the field an managed to get Drew Brown into field goal position with 1 second left on the clock. Brown would drive the ball through the uprights to pull Nebraska back within 7 points at halftime, 10-17.

The defenses would trade drives before junior Aaron Williams would pick off Hornibrook and give the Blackshirts a pick 6 of their own to tie the game back at 17-17.

Frustrated by the turnover, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst keyed up the Badger’s deep offensive line who would run the ball on 27 of the next 30 plays for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor led Wisconsin with 249 of their 353 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. His 75-yard touchdown late in the 2nd quarter helped keep Wisconsin in the game after Nebraska finally started to show signs of life.

Unable to match Wisconsin’s jabs, Nebraska went scoreless on all five of their drives in the second half. Heartbreakingly, Nebraska looked to have found a little spark when down 14 mid-way through the 4th quarter but a fumble from wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr would seal the Big Red’s fate.

Wisconsin walks away with a big 38-17 win and control of the Big Ten West with their win while Nebraska is left looking for answers on how to restart a struggling offense.

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  1. Paul Edwards

    10/07/2017 at 11:36 pm

    Well, they were neck and neck for the first 2 1/2 quarters. We saw some good, and, as usual, far too much bad. The only thing is what’s it going to do to our recruiting…I shuttered when I saw pics of Micah Parsons and the look on his face. We probably lost him. The worst thing that could of happened, happened…we looked aweful in front of a bunch of top notch recruits. Not good. It would have been phenomenal had it gone the other way. Another prime opportunity lost. There may never be again at this rate. But we’re stuck with him for the next 2-3 years weather we like it or not. Lets hope they can turn it around.

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