BTN.com staff, October 1, 2011
(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.
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FOURTH QUARTER: Wisconsin gained 68 yards on the ground in the fourth, and the Badgers kept the game out of reach for a 48-17 victory over Nebraska. The Cornhuskers put a bow on a 52-yard drive when Brett Maher made a 31-yard field goal to make the score 41-17. Wisconsin expanded its lead to 48-17 thanks to a 12-play, 73-yard drive that ended when Montee Ball ran 15 yards to paydirt.
THIRD QUARTER: Wisconsin racked up 101 rushing yards in the third, and the Badgers now lead 41-14. Nebraska has given up the last 34 points. Wisconsin added to its advantage when Russell Wilson kept it himself for a 10-yard touchdown run, the last of a seven-play, 42-yard drive to give the Badgers the lead, 34-14. An interception by Antonio Fenelus set Wisconsin up at the Cornhuskers' 42-yard line to start the drive. The Badgers didn't throw a single time during that series. Wisconsin opened up the lead, 41-14, after marching down the field for a 14-play, 81-yard drive that ended when Montee Ball pounded in a four-yard touchdown run. The Badgers' Ball rushed for 51 yards in the quarter to put him over 100 yards for the game. Ball has 102 total yards on the ground so far today. Nebraska is knocking on the door to begin the fourth quarter, with the ball on Wisconsin's seven-yard line.
SECOND QUARTER: Four long plays, including Russell Wilson's 38-yard pass to Nick Toon, helped spur Wisconsin's offense to 20 points and the Badgers now lead 27-14. Wisconsin threw for 194 yards during the quarter. The Badgers are currently on a 20-point run. Rex Burkhead turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to break the 7-7 standstill in favor of Nebraska. The play capped off a nine-play, 74-yard scoring drive. Wisconsin closed the gap to 14-13 when Montee Ball ran three yards to paydirt to put the finishing touches on a 77-yard drive. The Badgers drove across midfield after starting from the 23-yard line. Wilson's 36-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis gave Wisconsin the lead 20-14 after a six-play, 54-yard drive. The Badgers opened up the lead, 27-14, after Wilson and Toon combined for a 46-yard touchdown to end a five-play, 63-yard drive. Wisconsin's Wilson topped 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 233 total yards through the air. The Cornhuskers will get the ball to start the second half.
FIRST QUARTER: No. 8 Nebraska's Taylor Martinez threw for 52 yards and ran for 22 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, but the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. The Cornhuskers took the game's first lead after Martinez kept it himself for a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of an eight-play, 39-yard drive. Nebraska began the drive with good field position at the Wisconsin 39-yard line after the Cornhuskers recovered a fumble. Pass plays were an afterthought for Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers threw just two passes on that drive. No. 7 Wisconsin tied the game at seven after Montee Ball turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to end a nine-play, 91-yard drive. The Badgers threw just one time during that series. Nebraska has possession on its own 49-yard line to start the second quarter.