(AP) Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin’s 48-17 rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night. Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference. Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren’t quite ready for the best of the Big Ten. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
They say a player needs that signature moment to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. Consider Saturday night Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson’s such performance. The North Carolina State transfer dazzled in Wisconsin’s biggest game – one that happened to be played under the lights, on national television and against No. 8 Nebraska and its talented defense. How great was Wilson? Well, Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit couldn’t stop uttering his name on ESPN’s telecast, and practically apologized for it. The same can be said for tweeters. The Wilson hype was everywhere on Twitter. See some of the tweets in this post.
Just about every Wisconsin Badgers fan knows how Russell Wilson wound up leaving North Carolina State for the Big Ten school in Madison, but here’s a pretty good story from USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside on the background. It gets into how Russell Wilson had to make a choice but also how N.C. State had to make a choice, too.
With the Big Ten and conference football fans abuzz over Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin this weekend, we went back into our archives and dug up this classic night game in Madison from 1998. Remember Drew Brees and his incredible 83 passes, 55 completions and 494 yards with two touchdowns? Recall the Badgers forcing five turnovers, including four interceptions? Can the Huskers and the Badgers match this thriller?