Taylor scores twice, No. 4 Wisconsin beats W. Kentucky
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor took the handoff and went left as the Wisconsin offensive line and three tight ends cleared a path to the end zone.
The dynamic back waited patiently for the holes and weaved through traffic. The closest any defender got to tackling Taylor was when defensive back Kyle Bailey reached out but could only tug at his jersey.
For openers, not a bad start for the fourth-ranked Badgers and their star tailback.
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Record: 7-0, 4-0 Big Ten
Jonathan Taylor gets all the headlines — and rightfully so — but UW has quietly built some depth at tailback with Bradrick Shaw back from injury and the emergence of Garrett Groshek. Maryland is on its third-string quarterback due to injuries, but the Terrapins feature the leading receiver in the Big Ten in DJ Moore.
No. 5 Wisconsin holds off Illinois 24-10, stays unbeaten
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wisconsin has relied all season on star freshman running back Jonathan Taylor to provide the winning edge.
When Taylor went down with an injury against Illinois on Saturday, the fifth-ranked Badgers showed how well they can play defense, forcing three turnovers to help key a 24-10 victory.
Week after week, depth across the University of Wisconsin’s roster continues to soothe the sting of its lengthy injury report.
In some of their first meaningful action for the Badgers, left guard Jason Erdmann and running back Rachid Ibrahim helped UW dominate on the ground in the second half at Nebraska on Oct. 7. They’ve both played major roles since.