It looks as though the University of Wisconsin is getting back into the swing of things after managing to take down the Nebraska Cornhuskers 38-17 during their second road game of the season.
Saturday’s contest saw the return of tight end Troy Fumagalli, who was absent from the field last weekend after sustaining a lower leg injury during the Badger’s bye week. Fumagalli, who is a valuable leader for this team and is one of quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s favorite receivers, managed to garner 31 yards during three receptions during his first game back.
While Wisconsin struggled to keep points off the board during the second half of the game against Northwestern, they showed promising signs that their defense is returning to the same strength they started the season with. Before Northwestern, Wisconsin had managed to out-score opponents 91-0 during the second half.
During Northwestern, Wisconsin managed to let in a total of 14 points during the second half of the game, all of which were scored during the last five minutes of the game. Wisconsin, however, managed to hold Nebraska back to only seven points during the second half this week, none of which were scored during the fourth quarter of the game.
Wisconsin gained a grand total of three rushing touchdowns against the Cornhuskers, which is impressive considering the strength of the Nebraska defense. Nebraska is ranked 22nd in the nation for their rushing defense, only allowing 105.1 rushing yards this season. Wisconsin, however, managed to accumulate a grand total of 353 rushing yards against a tough Cornhusker defense.
Although there is still much turmoil surrounding the Nebraska athletics community as they look to replace their former athletic director, the Cornhuskers managed to push that all aside when they welcomed the Badgers under the Saturday night lights. The Cornhuskers gave both the Wisconsin offense and the Wisconsin defense a challenging game, and the Badgers proved they were welcome to the challenge of playing an intense game against a great Big Ten school.
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After their previous struggles against Northwestern, it was unclear how the Badgers would handle the rest of their Big Ten schedule, but this game showed that Wisconsin has come back from a mediocre game and risen to the level of play they are known for. It is clear to see now why many people are calling Wisconsin the best in the Big Ten west — because they truly are the team to beat right now.
The team will come back to Madison with their fourth Freedom Trophy victory in history, which is saying a lot, because the Freedom Trophy has only been around since 2014.
Next up, Wisconsin will welcome the Purdue Boilermakers to Camp Randall in what is sure to be a thrilling showdown between the two powerhouses.
38 Wisconsin Final Score Nebraska 17