Lost among Alex Hornibrook’s third-quarter interception, Rafael Gaglianone’s miss in the final minute and a final result that may have crushed the University of Wisconsin’s playoff hopes was one of the few Badgers players who enjoyed a milestone day in Saturday’s 24-21 loss to BYU. Running back Taiwan Deal, who missed 22 games over the past two seasons with ankle injuries, scored twice -- his first times reaching the end zone since his redshirt freshman season in 2015.
MADISON — BYU coach Kalani Sitake viewed Wisconsin’s brand of smashmouth football as a blueprint for success. The Cougars followed the plan to perfection Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Squally Canada ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and BYU handed mistake-prone Wisconsin its first nonconference home loss since 2003 with a 24-21 victory. Wisconsin (2-1) had one last chance to avoid an upset with a drive that started with 3 minutes, 55 seconds left at the 8. But normally
MADISON — The offense is nearly back to full strength at No. 6 Wisconsin. Tight end Zander Neuville returned last week from injury. Receiver Danny Davis is due back from suspension today when BYU visits Camp Randall Stadium. Two more targets for quarterback Alex Hornibrook — and that’s not even counting perhaps the best call in the Badgers’ playbook: a handoff to FBS rushing leader Jonathan Taylor. “Once everyone gets back in their groove, I think it can really
MADISON — Wisconsin receiver A.J. Taylor has the athleticism and smarts to singlehandedly dominate a secondary. The junior is pretty good at catching balls with two hands too. Just what opposing defenses don’t need: another player on the sixth-ranked Badgers named Taylor capable of making big plays. Through two games, A.J. Taylor has made for a pretty good offensive tandem with Jonathan Taylor, the FBS’ leading rusher. “What I see in A.J. is that he is an
MADISON — Jonathan Taylor needed extra time to rest and regroup after a win over New Mexico. Rushing for 253 yards on 33 carries, both career highs, can take a toll on a running back, and the sophomore took some time to himself before speaking to reporters about his milestone day. Taylor also matched a career-high with three rushing touchdowns, and No. 5 Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive to pull away for a 45-14 win on Saturday.
MADISON — And then there were two. Wisconsin’s Big Four of experienced receivers is down to A.J. Taylor and Kendric Pryor following the suspensions of Quintez Cephus and Danny Davis. That leaves opportunities for sophomore walk-ons Adam Krumholz and Jack Dunn to shine in expanded roles for the fourth-ranked Badgers in the season opener on Friday night against Western Kentucky. “It’s hard for A.J. and (Pryor) to just play the whole game,” coach Paul Chryst said.
MADISON — The bar is set high for the Wisconsin defense. The roster might turn over, but the fourth-ranked Badgers’ D rarely crumbles. Since 2013, Wisconsin is second nationally in both scoring defense (16.1 points) and total defense (282.6 yards). But to return to that level this year, Wisconsin might need some young or inexperienced players to grow up quickly. So far, coach Paul Chryst likes what he has seen in the preseason. The first test for the team’s unusual
MADISON — The Wisconsin Badgers are well-equipped to shatter perceptions about their offense this year. Focusing on just slowing down Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor on the ground might be a risky proposition for the rest of the Big Ten. The Badgers are loaded at receiver, capable of putting four proven playmakers out wide at the same time. And that’s not even counting a more concerted effort to get Taylor more involved in the passing game in his sophomore season.