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Taylor runs for 249 in No. 9 Badgers' 38-17 win over Huskers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Freshman Jonathan Taylor became the latest Wisconsin running back Nebraska couldn't stop.

Following in the footsteps of backs like Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon, Taylor rushed for a season-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead a punishing ground game that helped ninth-ranked Wisconsin wear down Nebraska in the second half of a 38-17 win Saturday night.

The Badgers (5-0, 2-0) beat the Huskers (3-3, 2-1) for the fifth straight time and took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West.

Taylor, who carried 25 times, had his second 200-yard performance in five games and the Badgers finished with 353 rushing yards, their most on the road since going for 564 yards at Indiana in 2012.

''It's definitely surprising, but the guys give me so much confidence,'' Taylor said. ''I know I have to do my job and trust the guys to do theirs. We kind of pride ourselves on being the spark of the offense, the running back group. I wanted to be that guy that gave us the spark.''

What Taylor did was all too familiar for the Cornhuskers.

Ball and Gordon each went over 200 yards against them in the 2012 Big Ten championship game. In 2014 Gordon ran for a then-NCAA record 408 yards against the Huskers. Dare Ogunbowale had 100-yard games the last two years against Nebraska.

Taylor's 249 yards were the third-most rushing yards ever by a Nebraska opponent. His night was highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown run.

''I thought J.T. was special tonight,'' Badgers coach Paul Chryst said. ''Certainly the big run at the end of the first half, but he had some hard 7-, 8-yard runs. He's continuing to get better.''

The Badgers went to the run almost exclusively on three straight scoring drives after Nebraska's Aaron Williams returned an interception to tie it 17-all early in the third quarter.

They ran on eight of 10 plays while going 93 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, which Quintez Cephus scored on a 5-yard pass. Next time they ran on all 10 plays as they went 80 yards, with Taylor bulling in from the 2. After Stanley Morgan fumbled on the Huskers' ensuing possession, they ran 10 times for 40 yards, with Bradrick Shaw scoring from the 1.

''We pinned them inside the 10, and it was a great opportunity for us, but they very mechanically, methodically and physically did what they do,'' Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. ''They controlled the ball on the ground.''

The Badgers ended Nebraska's 20-game win streak in home night games since 2008.

Devine Ozigbo had 112 yards on 23 carries for the Huskers.

Wisconsin had a pick-six of its own when Chris Orr snagged a ball that glanced off intended receiver Ozigbo and returned it 78 yards on the game's fifth play from scrimmage. It was the fourth pick-six thrown by Tanner Lee this season and his 10th interception.

The Huskers gouged the nation's No. 4 defense for more than 300 yards in the first half but didn't score until just before halftime. Lee and Stanley Morgan Jr. hooked up for an 80-yard catch-and-run, Nebraska's longest pass play since 2014.

The Badgers were back up 17-7 after the first play of their next series, with Taylor going 75 yards untouched for Wisconsin's longest play from scrimmage since 2014.

''The momentum had shifted, and we didn't want to end (the half) with the momentum shifted to the other team,'' Taylor said. ''I talked with the linemen. We talked about the run fits on the play coming up. It was there and it was great execution.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Wisconsin: The Badgers still own the Huskers, having beaten them six out of seven times since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. They're off to a 5-0 start for the first time since going 6-0 in 2011.

Nebraska: The Huskers managed only 68 yards in the second half after amassing 313 in the first. The 21-point loss was their most lopsided since Iowa beat them by the same score in 2013 and only increases the pressure on Riley.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Badgers should move up a couple spots after two teams ahead of them, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Michigan, lost.

STRONG RETURN

Nebraska safety Joshua Kalu, who missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, had a career-high 10 tackles and a pair of pass breakups.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin hosts Purdue and will go for its 12th straight win in the series.

Nebraska hosts No. 10 Ohio State, which beat the Huskers 62-3 last year.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:40
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
17
Touchdown 2:40
7-B.Shaw runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
40
yds
06:15
pos
37
17
Point After TD 9:08
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
17
Touchdown 9:08
23-J.Taylor runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
80
yds
05:45
pos
30
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:56
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
17
Touchdown 4:56
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 87-Q.Cephus. 87-Q.Cephus runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
93
yds
05:42
pos
23
17
Point After TD 10:43
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 10:50
12-A.Hornibrook incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 24-A.Williams at WIS 14. 24-A.Williams runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
14
yds
0:00
pos
17
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:01
34-D.Brown 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
65
yds
01:03
pos
17
10
Point After TD 1:09
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
7
Touchdown 1:09
23-J.Taylor runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:11
pos
16
7
Point After TD 1:20
34-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 1:20
13-T.Lee complete to 8-S.Morgan. 8-S.Morgan runs 80 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
80
yds
00:12
pos
10
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:36
27-R.Gaglianone 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
111
yds
05:42
pos
10
0
Point After TD 12:34
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 12:47
13-T.Lee incomplete. Intended for 22-D.Ozigbo INTERCEPTED by 54-C.Orr at WIS 22. 54-C.Orr runs 78 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
78
yds
0:00
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 16
Rushing 14 5
Passing 4 10
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 6-11 7-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 460 374
Total Plays 66 61
Avg Gain 7.0 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 353 110
Rush Attempts 49 26
Avg Rush Yards 7.2 4.2
Net Yards Passing 107 264
Comp. - Att. 9-17 18-35
Yards Per Pass 6.3 7.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 1-7
Penalties - Yards 8-78 4-35
Touchdowns 5 2
Rushing TDs 3 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 1 1
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-42.3 5-47.4
Return Yards 110 59
Punts - Returns 1-7 2-10
Kickoffs - Returns 1-25 2-35
Int. - Returns 1-78 1-14
Kicking 6/6 3/4
Extra Points 5/5 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
7 Wisconsin 5-0 10771438
Nebraska 3-3 0107017
107 PASS YDS 264
353 RUSH YDS 110
460 TOTAL YDS 374
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 113 1 1 116.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 1011 10 4 167.2
A. Hornibrook 9/17 113 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 249 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 767 9
J. Taylor 25 249 2 75
B. Shaw 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 43 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 180 2
B. Shaw 12 43 1 10
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 148 0
C. James 2 11 0 6
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 89 1
G. Groshek 1 7 0 7
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 -46 0
A. Hornibrook 1 -6 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 68 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 301 4
Q. Cephus 4 68 1 31
T. Fumagalli 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 267 3
T. Fumagalli 3 31 0 14
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 36 0
C. James 1 9 0 9
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 110 1
A. Taylor 1 5 0 5
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
J. Peavy 0 0 0 0
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Taylor 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Jamerson 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 1.0
N. Jamerson 1-0 1.0 0
D. Tindal 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Tindal 1-0 0.0 0
C. Orr 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Orr 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gaglianone 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
5/6 26/26
R. Gaglianone 1/1 37 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
20 41.4 0
A. Lotti 4 42.3 0 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 25.0 25 0
A. Taylor 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Nelson 11 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 5.9 7 0
N. Nelson 1 7.0 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Lee 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 262 1 1 122.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54% 1406 11 10 120.5
T. Lee 16/32 262 1 1
P. O'Brien 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 9 0 0 91.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 9 0 0 91.9
P. O'Brien 2/3 9 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Ozigbo 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 112 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 327 1
D. Ozigbo 23 112 0 28
T. Lee 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 -55 2
T. Lee 2 5 0 5
P. O'Brien 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -7 0
P. O'Brien 1 -7 0 -7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Morgan Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 115 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 510 5
S. Morgan Jr. 4 115 1 80
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 79 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 275 1
J. Spielman 6 79 0 22
D. Pierson-El 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 59 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 363 4
D. Pierson-El 3 59 0 37
D. Ozigbo 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 18 0
D. Ozigbo 4 18 0 8
T. Hoppes 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 137 1
T. Hoppes 1 0 0 0
J. Stoll 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Stoll 0 0 0 0
T. Lindsey 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 48 0
T. Lindsey 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Gifford 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
L. Gifford 1-0 1.0 0
A. Williams 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
A. Williams 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Brown 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/8 21/21
D. Brown 1/2 32 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Lightbourn 35 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
30 42.5 3
C. Lightbourn 5 47.4 3 69
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Rose 23 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
A. Rose 1 13.0 13 0
J. Spielman 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 34.4 22 1
J. Spielman 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Pierson-El 15 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 5.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 7.5 9 0
D. Pierson-El 2 5.0 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:18 WISC 20 5:42 10 61 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:47 WISC 16 0:33 6 15 Punt
9:10 WISC 20 1:27 3 6 Punt
6:32 WISC 9 4:52 10 53 Punt
1:20 WISC 25 0:11 1 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 25 1:39 5 15 Punt
11:28 WISC 12 0:38 2 86 INT
10:38 WISC 15 5:42 11 93 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 WISC 20 5:45 10 80 TD
8:55 NEB 40 6:15 10 40 TD
1:16 NEB 27 0:39 2 5 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NEB 25 2:13 5 73 INT
12:34 NEB 25 3:07 6 36 Punt
3:31 NEB 25 2:37 6 31 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:21 NEB 32 4:06 11 52 FG Miss
7:31 NEB 16 0:48 3 6 Punt
1:32 NEB 20 0:12 1 80 TD
1:04 NEB 26 1:03 11 55 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:10 NEB 26 1:30 4 12 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:51 NEB 17 4:23 9 39 Punt
9:08 NEB 25 0:06 2 15 Fumble
2:40 NEB 25 1:18 4 2 Downs