Wisconsin renews contract for coach Paul Chryst
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin renewed football coach Paul Chryst's five-year contract through January 2024 on Friday.
Chryst is entering his fifth season with the Badgers, who wrapped up a relatively disappointing season at 8-5 (5-4 Big Ten) with a dominating 35-3 win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Miami. Chryst is 42-12 at Wisconsin and the Badgers won consecutive Big Ten West titles before falling short this past season.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa headlines all-bowl team
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had to settle for second place in the Heisman Trophy balloting, but he delivered arguably the best bowl performance of any player in the country.
Tagovailoa outdueled Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to earn his spot as the quarterback of The Associated Press all-bowl team.
Taylor runs for 205 yards in Wisconsin’s Pinstripe victory
NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Taylor played tour guide for his Wisconsin teammates who had never visited New York. They hit the usual landmarks with trips to Lincoln Center and Times Square. Taylor even gave his buds a taste of the luxe life with a window-shopping jaunt along Fifth Avenue.
"It's real fun to see those guys looking at all those sights," said Taylor, a New Jersey native. "New York has a lot to offer."
Pinstripe Bowl Matchup
Miami (7-5, ACC) vs. Wisconsin (7-5, Big Ten), Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).
LOCATION: New York.
Miami: Junior LB Shaq Quarterman had 76 tackles, 13 for a loss, and was picked for the All-ACC first team, while junior RB back Travis Homer had 969 yards rushing, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Wisconsin: Sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor is the nation's leading rusher with 1,989 yards and 16 TDs.
Big Ten: Buckeyes’ Dwayne Haskins offensive player of year
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who set Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season, is the conference's offensive player of the year.
The Big Ten on Wednesday announced postseason offensive awards based on voting by coaches and media. Haskins has passed for 4,081 yards and 42 touchdowns, had four 400-yard passing games and became the first Ohio State quarterback with six TD passes in multiple games.
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor toughs it out
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All the carries were starting to get to Wisconsin's' Jonathan Taylor.
By his own admission, he wasn't at full speed late in a marathon game against Purdue, though it sure didn't look like it in triple overtime.
Add last week's performance in a thrilling win over Purdue to the highlight reel for the Badgers' star sophomore. Three scores and a career-best 321 yards, including the game-winning dash to the end zone on his 33rd and final carry.
Wisconsin celebrates Taylor-made OT victory at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor kept pounding away on his thick, strong legs Saturday.
Eventually, his patience paid dividends.
Taylor wore down Purdue's defense, finishing with a career high 321 yards and scoring three times in the second half, including the decisive 17-yard touchdown run in the third overtime to lead the Badgers past Purdue 47-44.
No. 21 Penn State and Wisconsin look to avoid 4-loss seasons
Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) at No. 21 Penn State (6-3, 3-3, CFP No. 20), noon EST (FOX).
Badgers’ blockers open holes, then enjoy watching Taylor
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor can go pretty much anywhere at any time when he has the ball in his hands.
That's trouble for any team that plays Wisconsin. And perhaps creates a little extra - but welcome - work for his teammates.
Always be aware of where the nation's leading rusher might be. He could break a long run on any carry.
Coan preps at QB with Hornibrook questionable for Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is getting backup quarterback Jack Coan ready to play this weekend at No. 21 Penn State with starter Alex Hornibrook listed as questionable because of another head injury.
Hornibrook was in the concussion protocol for the second time in three weeks after getting hurt in last week's 31-17 victory over Rutgers. Hornibrook's head hit the turf after being sacked on the last play of the first half.
Wisconsin runs away from Rutgers 31-17, Taylor with 3 TDs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The play was supposed to go one way at the line of scrimmage. Jonathan Taylor went the other.
Same desired result for Wisconsin: a touchdown from the nation's leading rusher.
The star sophomore rushed for 208 yards and three scores on 27 carries, spearheading the Badgers smash-mouth attack in the second half to run away from Rutgers for a 31-17 win on Saturday.
National rushing race tight after Badgers’ Taylor struggles
Jonathan Taylor had his worst game of the season for Wisconsin, leaving his race for the national rushing lead with Memphis Darrell Henderson in a virtual dead heat two-thirds of the way through the season.
No. 20 Wisconsin is up next in Wildcats’ quest to win West
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Taylor and Deal carry No. 23 Wisconsin past Illinois 49-20
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 23 Wisconsin bounced back from a devastating loss to maintain its hopes of a West Division title and a return to the Big Ten championship game
Jonathan Taylor rushed for 159 yards and Taiwan Deal ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the Badgers took advantage of five first-half turnovers to rout Illinois 49-20 on Saturday.
STAT WATCH: Alabama hits midway point atop offensive charts
Alabama leads two of the four major offensive categories, Darrell Henderson of Memphis has overtaken Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in rushing and Washington State's Gardner Minshew is the only quarterback averaging more than 400 yards pass per game as the college football season enters its second half.
The Crimson Tide have scored 50-plus points in five of their seven games and lead the nation with 53.6 per game. They also are averaging a nation-high 567 yards per game.
No. 12 Michigan, No. 15 Wisconsin meet in big Big Ten game
No. 15 Wisconsin (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 12 Michigan (5-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC).
Line: Michigan by 8.
Series record: Michigan leads 50-15-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Both teams need a win to bolster their chance to reach the Big Ten championship game and to possibly earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Wisconsin-Michigan crossover game tops Big Ten’s schedule
Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
- Rome News-TribuneProjecting the Badgers' 2019 depth chartApril 29, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalJonathan Taylor joins Badgers’ track and field teamApril 24, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalJonathan Taylor impresses yet again in Wisconsin's lopsided win over MiamiDecember 28, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalQuick hits from Wisconsin Badgers' win over Miami Hurricanes in Pinstripe BowlDecember 28, 2018
No. 16 Wisconsin’s run game wears down Nebraska in 41-24 win
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Having to face Jonathan Taylor in the fourth quarter almost seems unfair for a weary defense.
Good luck stopping him once he gets going.
Taylor ran for 221 yards and three scores, including a career-best 88-yarder in the fourth, and No. 16 Wisconsin's punishing ground game wore down winless Nebraska in a 41-24 victory Saturday night.
Struggling Huskers’ next challenge: No. 16 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Good times are coming at Nebraska, coach Scott Frost promises.
It may not happen this weekend against No. 16 Wisconsin. The Cornhuskers don't have any wins yet under the first-year coach, but he does have hope.
They better bring their run defense, too, to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night to stop Jonathan Taylor, the nation's leading rusher.
Yet another challenge for the Huskers (0-4, 0-2 Big Ten) in what has been a trying start for Frost.
Rested Taylor, No. 16 Wisconsin welcome struggling Huskers
Nebraska (0-4, 0-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (BTN)
No. 18 Wisconsin rallies past Iowa 28-17
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With their season 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 No. 18 Wisconsin bounced back from last week's loss by rallying past Iowa 28-17 on Saturday night.
No. 18 Wisconsin looks to rebound at rival Iowa
No. 18 Wisconsin (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at Iowa (3-0, 0-0), 8:30 p.m. ET (FOX).
Line: Wisconsin by 3½.
Series record: Wisconsin leads 46-43-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Wisconsin's playoff hopes are in trouble after last week's upset loss to BYU at home, and losing to the Hawkeyes would be like pulling the plug. For Iowa, a win over the Badgers would be the biggest indicator yet that the Hawkeyes might have a chance to steal the West division back from Wisconsin.
Time to move on for No. 18 Wisconsin with trip to Iowa next
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — This is no time to sulk at Wisconsin.
The upset loss to BYU might still sting, but the 18th-ranked Badgers must move on. Beating Iowa this weekend to open Big Ten play would sure give Wisconsin a lift.
"You don't ever want to rely on losing as a source to go win. That's never going to end well," offensive lineman Michael Deiter said. "But if you do have hiccups ... it should be a feeling that you never want to feel again."
Replenished on offense, No. 6 Wisconsin hosts BYU
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — 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 on Saturday 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.
Taylor could be in for big day for No. 6 Badgers vs. BYU
BYU (1-1) at No. 6 Wisconsin (2-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Receiver A.J. Taylor off to fast start for No. 6 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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.
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor determined to take care of ball
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor is putting up such prolific numbers for Wisconsin in such a short amount of time in his college career that the rare mistakes he makes stand out.
Wisconsin's star sophomore has the speed to pull away from a defensive back; power to bowl over a linebacker; and patience to wait for a hole to open behind his mammoth offensive line.
He also has lost fumbles in the season's first two games, an issue that he is determined to fix.
Taylor scores 3 TDs, No. 5 Wisconsin beats New Mexico 45-14
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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 he took some time to himself before speaking to reporters about his milestone day.
New Mexico steps up in class, visits No. 5 Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE (AP) — New Mexico coach Bob Davie has been around college football long enough to understand the challenge that lies ahead for the Lobos.
They beat FCS school Incarnate Word at home by 32 points last week in the season opener. They travel to No. 5 Wisconsin this week.
Of course, Davie wants to win. He's also realistic.
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.
No. 4 Wisconsin tries to win another home opener vs WKU
Western Kentucky (6-7 last season) at No. 4 Wisconsin (13-1), Friday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Fresh faces debut for No. 4 Wisconsin D in season opener
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As lopsided matchups on paper go, No. 4 Wisconsin's season opener against Western Kentucky on Friday night could provide at least one interesting storyline.
Big guys up front pave way for Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The big guys are front and center at Wisconsin.
Running back Jonathan Taylor probably wouldn't be drawing attention as a Heisman Trophy candidate if not for the holes opened by the Badgers' offensive line during his record-setting freshman season.
The line is tough, physical and agile in typical Wisconsin fashion, and all five starters are back.
Wisconsin capable of airing it out with Hornibrook at QB
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Badgers are well-equipped to shatter perceptions about their offense this year.
Focusing on just slowing down Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor on the ground might be a risky proposition for the rest of the Big Ten.
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor packs on the muscle
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor packed on muscle to get ready for the pounding that will come from defenses that will try to bring him down this season.
The sophomore is no longer an unknown commodity in the Big Ten.
The record-breaking running back is a star as training camp opens for the Wisconsin Badgers, a year after rising from relative anonymity to Heisman Trophy candidate.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Spring is in the air at run-first Wisconsin.
They are throwing the ball around at spring practice a little more than usual, at least for a team that likes to hand the ball off to star running back Jonathan Taylor.
But with so much firepower coming back in the passing game, the Badgers could be just as dangerous throwing the ball around this fall.
No. 6 Wisconsin looks to build on record 13-win season
MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 6 Wisconsin was minutes removed from wrapping up the winningest season in school history when coach Paul Chryst started talking about the future.
Badgers football: Jonathan Taylor breaks FBS freshman rushing record
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jonathan Taylor attracted plenty of postseason honors over the past few weeks, but the record he broke in Saturday’s Orange Bowl may have been more meaningful than any.
The University of Wisconsin running back broke the FBS freshman rushing record on a 6-yard gain early in the second quarter against 11th-ranked Miami, surpassing Adrian Peterson’s mark from 2004.
Badgers football: Tom Oates gives Wisconsin overall grade of ‘B-plus’ in Orange Bowl win over Miami
When Alex Hornibrook plays like he did against the Hurricanes, UW is a hard team to beat. Danny Davis makes circus catches look routine. Davis, A.J. Taylor, Kendric Pryor and Troy Fumagalli all made big-time receptions. Jonathan Taylor drew a lot of attention and still rushed for 130 yards. The pass-blocking wasn't bad.
Badgers football: Quick hits from Wisconsin’s 34-24 Orange Bowl victory over Miami
Alex Hornibrook: The UW sophomore quarterback was fantastic, completing 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns.
Andrew Van Ginkel: The interception by the UW junior outside linebacker on the first play of the second quarter, with Miami leading 14-3, flipped the momentum the Badgers’ way.
No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 11 Miami match up in Orange Bowl
No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1, CFP No. 6) vs. No. 11 Miami (10-2, CFP No. 10), Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Wisconsin by 4 1/2.
Series record: Tied, 2-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Wisconsin is bidding for the first 13-win season in school history, and possibly its best year-end finish in the AP Top 25 since ending No. 4 in 1999. Miami is looking for its first 11-win season since 2003, and a second consecutive bowl victory.
Taylor the latest star of No. 6 Wisconsin’s RB assembly line
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 6 Wisconsin develops quality running backs as if it's an automobile assembly line.
A new version comes out every few years or so, but production rarely tails off.
Freshman Jonathan Taylor is the latest star to emerge at Wisconsin (12-1), where the ground game traces its roots to the 1990s and Barry Alvarez's days pacing the sideline as coach.
No. 6 Wisconsin’ 19-member class includes next potential ILB
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 6 Wisconsin's next recruiting class includes the Badgers' next potential star at inside linebacker.
Four-star recruit Jack Sanborn of Deer Park, Illinois, was one of the standouts of the Badgers' 19-member class announced on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.
Camp Randall Stadium
Record: 6-0, 3-0 Big Ten
The Jonathan Taylor-for-Heisman talk has begun, but the Badgers freshman tailback is plugging his ears and ignoring it. Meanwhile, Jeff Brohm has Purdue on the road back to respectability. The Boilermakers already have matched their win total from 2016 and enter a game against UW with a winning record for only the second time since 2006.
Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana
Record: 9-0, 6-0 Big Ten
The Badgers checked in at No. 9 in the CFP rankings, a clear sign that the committee isn’t impressed with UW’s work against a soft schedule. Meanwhile, Indiana had hoped for a breakthrough season under first-year coach Tom Allen, but the Hoosiers are still looking for their first Big Ten win.
Camp Randall Stadium
One of more eye-opening stats from the opener was UW’s nine penalties, its most in a game since 2008. Speaking of trouble makers, Lane Kiffin is coming to town. That Kiffin’s debut with the Owls, a 42-19 home loss to Navy, began with three lightning delays totaling 162 minutes was fitting: Storm clouds seem to follow Kiffin wherever he goes.
Camp Randall Stadium
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.
Camp Randall Stadium
The debut of Jim Leonhard as defensive coordinator. Can UW sustain its excellence on that side of the ball after the departure of Justin Wilcox to California? Also a first look at freshman Jonathan Taylor, who is listed as a co-starter at tailback. After three high-profile openers in a row – LSU (twice) and Alabama – the Badgers start with a team that went 3-9 in 2016, including 1-7 in the Mountain West Conference.
Badgers football: Three Wisconsin players earn All-American honors from American Football Coaches Association
Three University of Wisconsin players earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Right tackle David Edwards picked up a first-team All-American honor after starting all 13 games and helping pave the way for running back Jonathan Taylor's Heisman candidacy.
Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards and tight end Troy Fumagalli were both selected to the second team.