Quick Hits: Wisconsin 70 No. 14 Nebraska 31
Wisconsin goes to Indianapolis and destroys Nebraska to earn its third consecutive Rose Bowl trip.
|This was the closest any Nebraska defender got to a Wisconsin back Saturday night. (US Presswire)|
WISCONSIN WON: Wow, what is there to even way after this game? Wisconsin had a 14-0 lead after only two minutes of action and it was an omen of what was to come. When the game was finished Wisconsin had 14 offensive possessions. Nine of them ended in a touchdown.
Not only did three Wisconsin running backs eclipse the 100-yard mark in this game, but two of them -- Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon -- finished with over 200 yards rushing. Gordon led the way with 216 yards on only 9 carries. Montee Ball set the FBS record for career touchdowns in the second quarter and finished the night with 202 yards. Then there was James White who could only manage 109 rushing yards, but did finish with 4 touchdowns to make up for his lack of production elsewhere.
WHY WISCONSIN WON: The Badgers absolutely dominated Nebraska in the run game. The offensive line opened gaping holes up the middle for Badger backs to dance through without fear of physical contact, or the Badgers would attack Nebraska on the edges. Time and time again a Wisconsin back would race a Cornhusker to the sideline, beat him there, and then turn upfield for a huge gain.
On the night Wisconsin would finish with 539 rushing yards on 50 carries. Or 10.8 yards per carry.
WHEN WISCONSIN WON: After the Badgers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, Nebraska quickly climbed back into the game and made it 14-10. It felt like we might have a game until Wisconsin would reel off four more touchdowns before halftime to send Nebraska to the locker room trailing 42-10.
WHAT WISCONSIN WON: Well, it didn't win its own division, but it did win the Big Ten for the third straight season, and with that comes a third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl. In Pasadene the Badgers will face Stanford, and looking at what we saw from the Badgers offense tonight, I wouldn't expect more than 15 passes between both teams in that game.
WHAT NEBRASKA LOST: This loss not only hurts Nebraska for the obvious reasons -- a Rose Bowl berth and Big Ten title go by the wayside -- but it also hurts the Big Ten. Wisconsin did not win its division and did not receive a single vote in either of last week's AP or Coaches Poll. And now, because Nebraska came out and played it's worst game in a long time, Wisconsin is your Big Ten champion.
THAT WAS CRAZY: In Wisconsin's last four trips to the state of Indiana -- last year's B1G Championship, Purdue, Indiana and tonight -- the Badgers have scored 212 points and racked up 2,235 yards of offense. I'm thinking Wisconsin should get to the Hoosier State more often.
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