IOWA CITY, Iowa — With their season seemingly on the line in late September, Wisconsin showed that the Big Ten West will likely run through Madison yet again. Alex Hornibrook threw a 17-yard TD pass to A.J. Taylor with 57 seconds left and the 18th-ranked Badgers bounced back from last week's loss by rallying past Iowa 28-17 on Saturday night. Jonathan Taylor had 113 yards rushing and Alec Ingold ran for a 33-yard score with 22 seconds left for the Badgers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten). They also
The first Big Ten game of the season for No. 18 Wisconsin and Iowa could end up being the biggest one in the West division this season. The Badgers (2-1), despite getting upset by BYU last weekend, still look like the class of the struggling West. But Iowa (3-0) and its dominant defense look like Wisconsin’s most dangerous threat — and Saturday’s game at Iowa City could go a long way in determining who reaches the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin has won three of the last four
If Kirk Ferentz had a bounce in his step heading into his 20th season in charge of the Iowa football program, he didn’t notice it. But his boss, athletic director Gary Barta, sure did. Barta told reporters at the Big Ten Media event in July that he’d never seen Ferentz “more focused, more energized and more excited and ready to go.” Ferentz said earlier this week he read about Barta’s observation at the time but didn’t give it much thought. However, the
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 — 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.