November 16, 2019 / 8:30 PM / a month ago

Taylor's big day helps No. 14 Wisconsin handle Nebraska

EditorsNote: Corrects Taylor’s yardage on run in 3rd graf

Nov 16, 2019; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost watches the play during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Taylor ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns as No. 14 Wisconsin reeled off 24 straight points in a 37-21 win over Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

Taylor, a junior, carried 25 times to notch his third career 200-yard rushing performance against the Cornhuskers.

Taylor’s 11-yard run late in the third quarter moved him past Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (5,589 yards) to rank second in career rushing yardage in Big Ten history. Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne is the all-time conference leader with 7,125 yards.

Early in the fourth quarter, Taylor also passed Georgia’s Herschel Walker (5,596) for the most rushing yards by a player by the end of his junior season. Taylor is up to 5,634 yards.

Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan was 13 of 21 for 162 yards with a touchdown.

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez finished 13 of 23 for 220 yards with a touchdown and interception while rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown. Nebraska junior Dedrick Mills had 17 carries for 188 yards and a touchdown.

The Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) won their seventh consecutive game over the Cornhuskers.

The Cornhuskers (4-6, 2-5) must win their final two games to avoid a third straight losing season for the first time since enduring a six-year losing stretch from 1956-61.

The Badgers’ defense had not allowed a first-half touchdown all season, but the Cornhuskers scored touchdowns on two of their first four drives in the opening half.

Nebraska seized a 7-0 lead following a 12-yard touchdown run by Mills with 5:27 left in the first quarter. Eleven seconds later, Aron Cruickshank’s 89-yard kickoff return knotted the score at 7.

Martinez scored on a 2-yard run to hand the Cornhuskers a 14-10 lead, but the Badgers reeled off 17 unanswered points to end the half for a 27-14 lead. A.J. Taylor caught a 55-yard touchdown from Coan to give the Badgers a 17-14 lead that they would not relinquish.

Before the game, Nebraska coach Scott Frost, whose record at the school dropped to 8-14 on Saturday, received a two-year contract extension through 2026.

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