Worst defensive performance by a UW team in years other than the last season's Big 10 Championship game vs Ohio St when the Buckeyes hit the Badgers with 3 big scoring plays in the 1st half (the Badger D settled down in the 2nd half of that game).
Saturday night, Nebraska rolled up 518 total yards, 407 of it coming in the air. The Badgers looked completely unprepared for the 'Huskers' offensive scheme. Adrian Martinez looked like the best frosh in the league, if not for some guy named Haskins.
UW's offensive tackles struggled all night in pass protection. I still don't get what the big deal is about David Edwards ... he can't pass block .... Jon Dietzen can't either.
The secondary is in disarray now. I defended them to begin the season ... but the injuries are killing 'em. Cornerbacks Caesar Williams, Faion Hicks and Deron Harrel are each injured to some degree & senior strong safety D'Cota Dixon apparently suffered a leg injury late in Saturday night's game. Free safety Scott Nelson had a horrible game Saturday night, getting burned in 1 on 1 in coverage for 2 long passes by Martinez-to-JD Spielman, one for a 75-yd TD. And, then, to top it off, Nelson got ejected for an unnecessary, frustration hit along the sidelines and consequently put the Badgers' defense in the hole for the 1st half of next Saturday night's game at Michigan.
The Badgers greatly miss Andrew Van Ginkle's presence at OLB, coming of the edge on the pass rush. Zach Baun is improving.
If Michigan's defense is everything everybody say it is, and UW's defense doesn't grow up overnight (unlikely), the Badgers could be in for a long, embarrassing night next Saturday in Ann Arbor.
First Downs: UW-26 ... NE-26
Passing Yards: UW-163 ... NE-407
Rushing Yards: UW-370 ... NE-111
Total Yards: UW-533 ... NE-518
3rd Downs: UW-6/12 ... NE-3/10
Time of Possession: UW-35:33 ... NE-24:27
Jonathan Taylor: 24 rushing attempts, 221 yards, 9.2 yards per carry, 3 TD's
Alex Hornibrook: 24 passing attempts, 13 completions, 163 yards, I TD, 0 INT'sGame Recap: https://uwbadgers.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8301&path=football Box Score and Individual & Stats:https://uwbadgers.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8301&path=football