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Taylor breaks out, No. 9 Wisconsin beats Fla. Atlantic 31-14

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The mistakes that bogged down the ninth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at times in an otherwise convincing win over Florida Atlantic can be put into perspective when accounting for the worries that their opponent face back home.

The Badgers won 31-14 on Saturday thanks in part to 223 yards and three touchdowns from freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, and an especially staunch defensive effort in the second half.

But the Owls put up a respectable effort on the road against a Big Ten power, especially when considering that they were also fretting about Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida.

''First of all, I give Florida Atlantic a ton of credit,'' Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. ''I know just talking to our kids from Florida, with it being on their minds (that I) give them a ton of credit ... and they came out ready.''

The bigger Badgers (2-0) wore down the Owls (0-2) despite some middling play in the middle of the game. Wisconsin opened up a 14-0 lead behind two first-quarter touchdowns from Taylor, but didn't have the game in hand until his third score with 1:12 left in the third quarter made it a 17-point game.

''A lot of production, but you can see one or two things really mess it up,'' said tight end Troy Fumagalli, who caught a 12-yard touchdown pass. ''It's still early, that's the good part. We can learn from these opportunities.''

This was a trip that Florida Atlantic would remember regardless of the outcome as Lane Kiffin's first away game as the Owls' coach. The team was staying in Madison at least through Sunday because of the storm.

''Obviously there's a lot going on,'' Kiffin said. ''But there was a decision made to come play so with all those distractions I thought the guys stayed together in a difficult situation.''

They gave the Badgers a few headaches in the second quarter.

Taylor was stopped on fourth-and-inches at the 1 on one drive in the second quarter. Alex Hornibrook was intercepted in Wisconsin territory on another series, and five plays later Devin Singletary scored from 1-yard out to make it 21-14 with 4:29 left in the period.

Wisconsin started getting more pressure in the second half with three sacks. The Badgers held decisive edges after halftime in total yards (206-50) and first downs (13-2), shutting out the Owls.

It bookended a dominating first quarter by Taylor, who showed a mix of power and speed that could make him the next star running back at Wisconsin. Taylor ran for scores from 64 and 29 yards in the period, the latter coming after breaking three tackles around left end before jogging into the end zone.

''He runs hard and he will never give up on a play,'' left tackle Michael Deiter said.

TAKEAWAYS

Florida Atlantic: Kiffin said he would evaluate the quarterback position at midweek, but Daniel Parr started for a second straight week and had a relatively decent outing against a tough defense. The sophomore took advantage of blown coverage in the secondary to connect with DeAndre McNeal for a 63-yard touchdown pass that opened the scoring for the Owls and seemed to ease any nerves about whether they could keep up with the Badgers. Parr finished 9 of 19 for 142 yards.

Wisconsin: Hornibrook looked accurate and moved around effectively in the pocket in opening the game 8 of 9 with a touchdown pass before getting picked off in the second quarter deep in Wisconsin territory. He finished 16 of 28 for 201 yards.

TAYLOR MADE

Despite the gaudy statistics, Taylor was disappointed after coughing up a fumble, one of three turnovers by Wisconsin. He was also stopped on two straight plays at the goal line in the second quarter.

''What I remember most about today would be the little things - ball security, just having one guy take me down,'' Taylor said.

QUOTABLE

''I'd be lying if I said there weren't any distractions. We're concerned about our families and whether they're going to be safe or not. We had to come here and it was our responsibility to focus on the game and play well.'' - Parr on how the team dealt with concerns about the hurricane.

INJURIES

Wisconsin starting right guard Beau Benzschawel left the game in the second quarter with a right leg injury. ... RB Bradrick Shaw did not play after being listed as questionable this week with a right leg injury.

UP NEXT

Florida Atlantic: Scheduled to host Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 16.

Wisconsin: Visits BYU on Sept. 16.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:12
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
31
Touchdown 1:12
23-J.Taylor runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
21
yds
05:51
pos
14
30
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:06
27-R.Gaglianone 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
12
yds
01:43
pos
14
24
Point After TD 4:29
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 4:29
5-D.Singletary runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
-31
yds
01:07
pos
13
21
Point After TD 9:05
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 9:05
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 81-T.Fumagalli. 81-T.Fumagalli runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
-5
yds
01:50
pos
7
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:09
17-G.Joseph extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 3:09
13-D.Parr complete to 19-D.McNeal. 19-D.McNeal runs 63 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
7
yds
00:31
pos
6
14
Point After TD 6:40
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 6:40
23-J.Taylor runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
18
yds
02:00
pos
0
13
Point After TD 10:00
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:00
23-J.Taylor runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
7
yds
00:45
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 9 29
Rushing 5 18
Passing 4 10
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 2-14 6-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 232 564
Total Plays 54 84
Avg Gain 4.3 6.7
Net Yards Rushing 106 357
Rush Attempts 35 54
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 6.6
Net Yards Passing 126 207
Comp. - Att. 9-19 17-30
Yards Per Pass 6.6 6.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-16 0-0
Penalties - Yards 12-116 4-30
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 11-40.2 5-38.2
Return Yards 61 29
Punts - Returns 3-11 3-8
Kickoffs - Returns 2-35 1-21
Int. - Returns 1-15 0-0
Kicking 2/2 5/6
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
FAU 0-2 770014
9 Wisconsin 2-0 14107031
126 PASS YDS 207
106 RUSH YDS 357
232 TOTAL YDS 564
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Parr 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.4% 142 1 0 127.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 423 3 1 145.8
D. Parr 9/19 142 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 68 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 94 1
D. Singletary 17 68 1 26
G. Howell Jr. 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 31 0
G. Howell Jr. 3 23 0 20
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 50 0
K. Whyte Jr. 2 14 0 11
D. Parr 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 -8 0
D. Parr 12 6 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. McNeal 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 103 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 191 2
D. McNeal 3 103 1 63
H. Bussey III 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 38 0
H. Bussey III 3 21 0 13
H. Bryant 40 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 64 0
H. Bryant 1 14 0 14
T. Harrison 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
T. Harrison 1 6 0 6
J. Franklin III 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
J. Franklin III 0 0 0 0
N. Terry 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Terry 0 0 0 0
L. Harris 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
L. Harris 0 0 0 0
D. Singletary 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 26 0
D. Singletary 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Al-Shaair 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
A. Al-Shaair 9-1 0.0 0
J. Young 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
J. Young 9-3 0.0 0
S. Lewis 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
S. Lewis 8-0 0.0 0
Z. Gilbert 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
Z. Gilbert 5-0 0.0 0
A. Soroh 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
A. Soroh 5-0 0.0 0
H. Barnwell V 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
H. Barnwell V 4-0 0.0 0
H. Snyder 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
H. Snyder 3-0 0.0 0
S. Leggett 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
S. Leggett 3-1 0.0 0
H. Miller 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
H. Miller 3-0 0.0 0
J. Pierre 37 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Pierre 2-0 0.0 0
H. Nagel 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
H. Nagel 2-0 0.0 0
Ra. Williams 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ra. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
K. Harris 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Harris 2-0 0.0 0
K. McCrary 48 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. McCrary 1-0 0.0 0
O. Rose 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
O. Rose 1-0 0.0 0
N. Internicola 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Internicola 1-0 0.0 0
K. Smith 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
W. Davis 42 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
L. McCarthy 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
L. McCarthy 1-1 0.0 1
C. Tooley 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
C. Tooley 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Joseph 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/2 3/3
G. Joseph 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Rickel 99 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
11 40.2 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 41.1 0
R. Rickel 11 40.2 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Whyte Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 11.8 18 0
K. Whyte Jr. 2 17.5 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Lewis 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 7 0
S. Lewis 2 3.5 7 0
H. Bussey III 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
H. Bussey III 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 201 1 1 122.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.8% 445 4 1 156.0
A. Hornibrook 16/28 201 1 1
J. Coan 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 6 0 0 150.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 6 0 0 150.4
J. Coan 1/1 6 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 223 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 223 3
J. Taylor 26 223 3 64
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 101 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 116 0
C. James 16 101 0 19
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 39 1
G. Groshek 5 10 0 7
A. Ingold 45 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
A. Ingold 1 5 0 5
D. Tindal 25 CB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
D. Tindal 1 1 0 1
D. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Davis 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Fumagalli 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 92 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 197 2
T. Fumagalli 8 92 1 20
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 80 1
Q. Cephus 2 47 0 34
D. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 35 0
D. Davis 1 35 0 35
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 33 0
J. Peavy 2 14 0 8
K. Penniston 49 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
K. Penniston 1 8 0 8
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
G. Groshek 1 6 0 6
Z. Neuville 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 33 1
Z. Neuville 2 5 0 5
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. James 0 0 0 0
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 38 0
A. Taylor 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Orr 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
C. Orr 7-0 1.0 0
T. Edwards 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 1.0
T. Edwards 5-0 1.0 0
D. Dixon 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
D. Dixon 5-1 0.0 0
L. Jacobs 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
L. Jacobs 4-1 1.0 0
R. Connelly 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Connelly 4-0 0.0 0
G. Dooley 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
G. Dooley 4-0 1.0 0
N. Jamerson 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
N. Jamerson 3-0 0.0 0
A. Van Ginkel 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Van Ginkel 3-0 1.0 0
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. Nelson 2-1 0.0 0
D. Tindal 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Tindal 2-1 0.0 0
A. James 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. James 1-0 0.0 0
D. Carriere-Williams 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Carriere-Williams 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gaglianone 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/3 12/12
R. Gaglianone 1/2 20 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 38.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 40.0 2
A. Lotti 5 38.2 2 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
J. Taylor 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 2.7 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 5.0 8 0
N. Nelson 3 2.7 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:21 FAU 7 1:22 3 5 Punt
10:00 FAU 25 1:13 3 4 Punt
6:40 FAU 25 0:54 3 6 Punt
3:40 FAU 35 0:31 3 7 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:11 FAU 1 1:08 5 3 Punt
8:58 FAU 21 2:28 9 58
5:36 WISC 27 1:07 6 -31 TD
3:26 FAU 28 1:30 5 21 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FAU 25 0:45 3 2 Punt
11:58 FAU 35 0:38 3 -6 Punt
10:02 FAU 36 2:49 6 5 Punt
1:12 FAU 25 0:28 2 -3 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:27 FAU 4 2:09 6 21 Punt
6:15 FAU 20 1:12 3 6 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 25 2:28 5 28 Punt
10:45 WISC 35 0:45 3 7 TD
8:40 WISC 24 2:00 5 18 TD
5:35 WISC 28 1:45 3 7 Punt
3:09 WISC 25 2:42 6 56 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:55 FAU 39 1:50 6 39 TD
6:22 WISC 26 0:37 2 47 INT
4:23 WISC 22 0:44 3 1 Punt
1:49 WISC 23 1:43 13 12 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:04 WISC 21 1:57 5 15 Punt
11:15 WISC 35 1:04 4 29
7:03 WISC 21 5:51 12 21 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:21 FAU 37 0:44 3 1 Punt
11:08 WISC 32 4:48 9 -12 FG Miss
4:54 WISC 33 4:48 9 38 End of game