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Taylor scores twice, No. 4 Wisconsin beats W. Kentucky

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jonathan Taylor took the handoff and went left as the Wisconsin offensive line and three tight ends cleared a path to the end zone.

The dynamic back waited patiently for the holes and weaved through traffic. The closest any defender got to tackling Taylor was when defensive back Kyle Bailey reached out but could only tug at his jersey.

For openers, not a bad start for the fourth-ranked Badgers and their star tailback.

Taylor had two long touchdown runs, Alex Hornibrook threw for 257 yards and two scores and Wisconsin opened the season with a 34-3 victory over Western Kentucky on Friday night.

The Badgers had some ups and downs. Taylor fumbled, while the vaunted offensive line was challenged early by Western Kentucky's surprising pressure. Hornibrook missed what looked like a couple easy throws to open receivers.

''Offensively we were doing some good things and then we'd kind of sputter,'' coach Paul Chryst said. ''But they kept their poise and that you appreciate because no game is going to go perfect.''

Taylor finished with 145 yards on 18 carries, even watching most of the fourth quarter from the sideline with the game well in hand for Wisconsin. He picked up where he left off last year, when he rushed for an FBS-record 1,977 yards as a freshman.

Three tight ends and the Badgers' burly offensive line helped spring Taylor for a 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

''He gave us a heck of a spark, and that first touchdown he didn't do it alone,'' Chryst said. ''There were a lot of guys that made that happen.''

Taylor scored from 30 yards with 3:48 left in the second quarter as the Badgers closed the first half with 14 consecutive points.

He had 100 yards and 11 carries by the half, when the Badgers held a 24-0 lead.

''You look at that team and it's a complete team in every way, shape and form,'' Western Kentucky coach Mike Sanford said.

Drew Eckels was 15 of 26 for 167 yards in his first career start for the Hilltoppers, while also running for 38 yards on seven carries.

Known as a passing team last year in Sanford's first season, Western Kentucky tried to keep Wisconsin off-balance early with read-option plays.

It didn't really work. The Hilltoppers punted on the first six possessions, including four three-and-outs.

A trick play flopped, too, when receiver Quin Jernighan's fluttering pass for Eckels from the 10 was picked off by cornerback Faion Hicks in the third quarter.

''We just tried to overthink some things. We did a good job but just have to capitalize more,'' Eckels said.

BADGERING DEFENSE

A young defense working in seven new starters forced two turnovers inside Wisconsin's 5 .

''It was just the ability to carry over what we did in practice,'' said linebacker Ryan Connelly, one of four returning starters. ''The young guys behind us, the fact that they were communicating and talking al; game just really makes you feel confident in them.

CATCHING UP

A.J. Taylor paced the short-handed receiving corps with five catches for 85 yards, while Garrett Groshek turned a screen pass into a 43-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for a 31-point lead.

The Badgers finished with a flurry, scoring on five of six drives after punting on three of their first four possessions.

TOP THIS

Defensive back Drell Greene finished with seven tackles and recovered Taylor's fumble in the third quarter. ... Linebacker Ben Holt had six tackles, including a career high-tying 1 1/2 for a loss.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Badgers probably had a convincing enough win to allow them to stay at fourth in the poll.

THE TAKEAWAY

Western Kentucky: The defense posed an early challenge up front with pressures and blitzes against Wisconsin's line. Hornibrook was sacked three times in the first half. But a Conference USA team picked to finish fifth in its division couldn't take advantage of the Badgers' slow start.

''I did like a lot of things, starting with the way they fought against the best offensive line in the country and the best running back in the country hands down. It was something to be seen,'' Sanford said.

Wisconsin: A young secondary featuring three first-year starters had a solid opener. Safety Scott Nelson, in particular, played well with seven tackles and two pass breakups, and showed a propensity to deliver hard hits. It was a confidence-building night for a unit that will face tougher tests later this season.

UP NEXT

Western Kentucky: Hosts Maine in home opener on Sept. 8

Wisconsin: Hosts New Mexico on Sept. 8 in the second of three straight nonconference home games.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 13:21
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
34
Touchdown 13:21
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 37-G.Groshek. 37-G.Groshek runs 43 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
101
yds
02:22
pos
3
33
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:14
27-R.Gaglianone 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
57
yds
02:55
pos
3
27
Field Goal 13:18
13-R.Nuss 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
72
yds
01:42
pos
3
24
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:08
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
24
Touchdown 0:08
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 3-K.Pryor. 3-K.Pryor runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
01:48
pos
0
23
Point After TD 3:48
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 3:48
23-J.Taylor runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
65
yds
03:33
pos
0
16
Field Goal 8:49
27-R.Gaglianone 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
14
yds
02:13
pos
0
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:38
27-R.Gaglianone extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 7:38
23-J.Taylor runs 47 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
47
yds
00:09
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 24
Rushing 6 9
Passing 8 14
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 5-16 7-13
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 300 475
Total Plays 64 70
Avg Gain 4.7 6.8
Net Yards Rushing 124 234
Rush Attempts 34 39
Avg Rush Yards 3.6 6.0
Net Yards Passing 176 241
Comp. - Att. 17-30 17-31
Yards Per Pass 5.9 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-5 3-16
Penalties - Yards 6-65 8-70
Touchdowns 0 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-35.2 4-39.5
Return Yards -2 45
Punts - Returns 1--2 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 2-45
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 1/1 6/6
Extra Points 0/0 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
W. Kentucky 0-1 00303
4 Wisconsin 1-0 7173734
176 PASS YDS 241
124 RUSH YDS 234
300 TOTAL YDS 475
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Eckels 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 167 0 0 111.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 167 0 0 111.6
D. Eckels 15/26 167 0 0
D. Shanley 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 14 0 0 105.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 14 0 0 105.9
D. Shanley 2/3 14 0 0
Q. Jernighan 16 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
Q. Jernighan 0/1 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Eckels 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 38 0
D. Eckels 9 38 0 15
D. Shanley 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 31 0
D. Shanley 3 31 0 14
G. Appleberry, Jr. 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
G. Appleberry, Jr. 7 27 0 8
J. Samuel 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 13 0
J. Samuel 3 13 0 6
D. Ferby 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
D. Ferby 3 11 0 5
G. LaFrance 14 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
G. LaFrance 2 4 0 6
M. Trigg 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 3 0
M. Trigg 4 3 0 4
C. Jordan 43 DL
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
C. Jordan 1 2 0 2
J. Sloan 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
J. Sloan 1 1 0 1
J. Pearson 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
J. Pearson 1 -3 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Sloan 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 48 0
J. Sloan 1 48 0 48
X. Lane 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 40 0
X. Lane 4 40 0 17
Q. Jernighan 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 30 0
Q. Jernighan 2 30 0 18
K. Fourtenbary 42 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
K. Fourtenbary 2 23 0 14
L. Jackson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 22 0
L. Jackson 4 22 0 10
G. LaFrance 14 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 13 0
G. LaFrance 3 13 0 10
M. Deane 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
M. Deane 1 5 0 5
J. Pearson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Pearson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Darvin 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Darvin 1-0 1.0 0
M. Whyte 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Whyte 1-0 1.0 0
T. Darden 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Darden 1-0 0.0 0
J. Lewis 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Lewis 0-1 0.5 0
B. Holt 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
B. Holt 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Nuss 13 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/1 0/0
R. Nuss 1/1 26 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Rinella 39 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 35.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 35.2 1
A. Rinella 6 35.2 1 37
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cray 24 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
R. Cray 1 -2.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 257 2 0 155.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 257 2 0 155.8
A. Hornibrook 17/29 257 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Taylor 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 145 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 145 2
J. Taylor 18 145 2 47
T. Deal 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 53 0
T. Deal 8 53 0 16
K. Pryor 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 19 0
K. Pryor 1 19 0 19
A. Ingold 45 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
A. Ingold 4 16 0 9
C. James 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
C. James 2 10 0 7
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
G. Groshek 1 3 0 3
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -12 0
A. Hornibrook 5 -12 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Taylor 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 85 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 85 0
A. Taylor 5 85 0 25
K. Pryor 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 51 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 51 1
K. Pryor 4 51 1 22
G. Groshek 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 43 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 43 1
G. Groshek 1 43 1 43
J. Ferguson 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 43 0
J. Ferguson 4 43 0 11
J. Dunn 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 20 0
J. Dunn 1 20 0 20
T. Deal 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
T. Deal 1 10 0 10
A. Krumholz 24 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
A. Krumholz 1 5 0 5
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
A. Cruickshank 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Cruickshank 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Connelly 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Connelly 1-0 1.0 0
E. Burrell 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Burrell 1-0 0.0 0
F. Hicks 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
F. Hicks 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gaglianone 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/2 4/4
R. Gaglianone 2/2 42 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 39.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 39.5 3
A. Lotti 4 39.5 3 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Pryor 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
K. Pryor 1 15.0 15 0
A. Cruickshank 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
A. Cruickshank 1 30.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:37 WKY 8 1:42 3 3 Punt
7:38 WKY 25 4:11 10 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 WKY 33 0:39 3 1 Punt
12:25 WKY 10 1:15 3 3 Punt
8:44 WKY 25 1:15 3 6 Punt
3:48 WKY 25 1:45 6 15 Punt
0:08 WKY 25 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WKY 25 1:42 6 67 FG
10:10 WKY 25 4:05 10 65 INT
3:14 WISC 18 0:30 4 4 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:21 WKY 30 6:29 16 56 Fumble
1:04 WKY 10 0:54 4 12
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 WISC 16 5:12 11 43 Punt
7:47 WKY 47 0:09 1 47 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:20 WISC 9 2:41 6 7 Punt
14:07 WISC 31 1:33 4 25 Punt
11:02 WKY 35 2:13 4 14 FG
7:21 WISC 35 3:33 7 65 TD
1:56 WISC 25 1:48 12 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:09 WISC 34 2:55 7 42 FG
5:56 WISC 3 2:33 5 25 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:40 WISC 14 2:22 8 86 TD
6:41 WISC 1 5:30 10 42 Punt