Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wisconsin welcomes Nebraska to Big Ten
No. 7 Wisconsin hosted No. 8 Nebraska in the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten game Saturday night. In the first meeting between the two teams since 1974, the Badgers scored 34 straight points spanning the second and third quarters on their way to a 48-17 victory.
Nebraska loses to a Big Ten team for just the second time in its past 14 tries. Its last loss to a Big Ten team came in 2002 at Penn State.
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson continued to have success throwing downfield against the Blackshirts defense.
He completed two-thirds of his attempts that traveled 15 or more yards from the line of scrimmage, including touchdowns of 36 and 46 yards in the second quarter.
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez couldn't match that success -- he recorded his first career three-interception game Saturday and all three picks were on throws 15 or more yards downfield.
That opened up space for Montee Ball, who tied a career high with four rush touchdowns. He did that twice last season, both times in Big Ten play.
So far this season, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents by a combined 191 points and has yet to win by fewer than 30 points.
The plus-191 point differential is better than any of the past five BCS National Champions through their first five games.
Since 2000, Nebraska is 2-16 against top-10 teams (1-6 under Bo Pelini), allowing more than 33 PPG, while scoring fewer than 20. Eleven of those 16 losses have come by double digits including six by at least 20 points.
They haven't won a road game against a top-10 team since beating Washington 27-14 on September 20, 1997.