Badgers pull away from Nebraska


A swing pass on third-and-2 at the Wisconsin 17 caromed off Ozigbo and found linebacker Chris Orr, who returned it 78 yards for a quick touchdown.

So, no, this wasn't just another game.

The game figured to be hard for the Badgers because this time Nebraska was ready for Wisconsin.

Nebraska is the toughest opponent the Wisconsin secondary had faced this season, but the pass defense gave Lee little room to operate, breaking up pass after pass to the dismay of an exasperated Nebraska wide receiver corps. The most stunning statistic of all - Wisconsin held Nebraska to 68 total yards in the second half.

Drew Brown hit a 32-yard field goal as the half ended, drawing the Cornhuskers within 17-10 at intermission. The defense surrendered huge chunks of real estate in the first half. Drive: 1 play, 80 yards.

Although Nebraska briefly cut the margin to 10-7, Wisconsin immediately answered. Fans started heading for the exits after Wisconsin took a 31-17 lead with 9:08 to play, and the wheels started to come off.

But the Huskers weren't done yet. Instead, Nebraska would miss a 33-yard field goal attempt and would remain scoreless.

For a guy whose face was on a milk carton for the first three weeks of the season, Ozigbo's role in Nebraska's offense sure has done a complete 180.

Nebraska has generally been pretty good about getting back to business in practice following a disappointing loss, but in the wake of dropping a game that meant so much to the future of the season, will the recovery go as smoothly as usual?

The Blackshirts forced Wisconsin to punt on the opening drive of the drive of the second half and the Huskers took over at their 26.

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Aaron Williams' 14-yard interception return for a touchdown with 10:42 left in the third quarter tied the score at 17 and the Huskers should have had all the momentum.

After Arrington Farrar (holding) and Leon Jacobs (unsportsmanlike conduct) were called for penalties on the ensuing kickoff, UW took over at its 7.

The blackout at Memorial Stadium had all the elements created to make it appear to be a special night for Husker football.

Some of Jonathan Taylor's finest work Saturday night came when the University of Wisconsin football team needed it the most.

Wisconsin did have six players listed as questionable on Monday's injury report, including offensive lineman Jon Dietzen and running back Taiwan Deal.

Ball and Gordon each went over 200 yards against them in the 2012 Big Ten championship game. Next time they ran on all 10 plays as they went 80 yards, with Taylor bulling in from the 2. Taylor, Rachid Ibrahim and Bradrick Shaw each took turns pounding away between the tackles.

Not the way you want to start for Nebraska and Tanner Lee, and @BadgerFootball's @Chris_Guwap housed it.

Lee added two carries for five yards in the game, as Nebraska managed 110 rushing yards on the night after Patrick O'Brien was sacked for a seven-yard loss on the Huskers' final drive of the game. It was also a career long for Morgan. De'Mornay Pierson-El added three receptions for 59 yards, while Ozigbo pitched in four catches for 18 yards.

Offensive MVP: WR Stanley Morgan Jr.