Jonathan Taylor rushing for more than 200 yards against Nebraska? At this point, it's a given. UW was at its best when Paul Chryst went almost exclusively with two tight ends and ran it down Nebraska's throats in the second half. The 55-yard touchdown pass was a great throw by Jack Coan and a better catch-and-run by A.J. Taylor.
UW had trouble controlling Nebraska's spread, mainly in the run game. There were too many holes, too many missed tackles, too many big plays. Still, UW mixed in enough sacks, takeaways and fourth-down stops to secure the win. Jack Sanborn's interception off a Chris Orr tip changed the momentum. Zack Baun had two of UW's four sacks.
The Badgers said they were close to breaking a kickoff return and Aron Cruickshank showed elite speed on his 89-yarder for a touchdown. Collin Larsh was 3-for-3 on field goals. The longest was 31 yards, but that's the consistency UW needs. Anthony Lotti pinned Nebraska at the 4 late in the game. The kickoff coverage was strong.
Liked seeing Cruickshank on jet sweeps. Would have liked seeing Chryst try one more run from the 6 at the end of the half, especially since he had a timeout. To match Nebraska's spread, Jim Leonhard replaced outside linebacker Noah Burks with a cornerback. It didn't work well as Nebraska attacked UW's edges for big plays.
After a slow start, especially on defense, UW took control with its power running game and scored 24 unanswered points. Still, it wasn't until Reggie Pearson's blow-up hit on Wyatt Mazour at the 1 with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left that the Badgers could rest easy. They'll need to play better defense, but they're still in the hunt.
Photos: Wisconsin Badgers continue dominance of Nebraska Cornhuskers
Tom Oates has been a staff member of the Wisconsin State Journal sports department for 30 years and its editorial voice for more than 15, traversing the state and country to bring readers a Madison perspective on the biggest sports stories of the day — from UW athletics to the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks, as well as local teams such as the Mallards and Mustangs.
Tom Oates has been part of the Wisconsin State Journal sports department since 1980 and became its editorial voice in 1996, traversing the state and country to bring readers a Madison perspective on the biggest sports stories of the day.
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State Journal reporter Colten Bartholomew and columnist Tom Oates discuss the No. 14 Badgers' matchup with Purdue.
Wisconsin wide receiver A.J. Taylor beats a tackle attempt by Nebraska safety Marquel Dismuke during the first half of the Badgers' 37-21 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.