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 — A judge ordered Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus to stand trial Tuesday on charges that he sexually assaulted two drunken women this spring, rejecting a motion from his attorneys to dismiss one of the counts alleging that the women weren’t as impaired as investigators say. Prosecutors charged Cephus in August with second- and third-degree sexual assault, both of which are felonies. The second-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. According to a
MADISON — Receiver Danny Davis is been cleared to play on Saturday for No. 6 Wisconsin against BYU after the sophomore completed his two-game suspension. “The suspension has been served and he’ll be ready to go,” coach Paul Chryst said Monday. “I’ve been proud of the way he took it and learned, and I’ve been proud of his response to this point.” Davis, who caught 26 passes for 418 yards and five touchdowns last year, was one of two Badgers
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 — A new-look secondary hopes to build on a successful debut for No. 4 Wisconsin. The Badgers broke in seven new defensive starters in their season opener, including Scott Nelson at safety, along with sophomore Caesar Williams and Faion Hicks at cornerback. Nelson and Hicks, both redshirt freshmen, also made their collegiate debuts in the 34-3 victory last week over Western Kentucky. Next up is a visit from New Mexico on Saturday. “They’re maturing but at the same
MADISON — As lopsided matchups on paper go, No. 4 Wisconsin’s season opener against Western Kentucky tonight could provide at least one interesting storyline. It has nothing to do with whether Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor can start his Heisman Trophy campaign with a 200-yard game, which is possible against an opponent picked to finish fifth in Conference USA’s East Division. It is how Wisconsin’s new-look secondary will fare against an offense with a history of
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