(19) Wisconsin 49, South Florida 0: 2-minute drill

TAMPA, Fla. — Jonathan Taylor scored four touchdowns as Wisconsin handed South Florida its worst loss ever with a 49-0 whipping Friday night at Raymond James Stadium.

The good: Taylor

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He played a little more than two quarters, but the junior running back showed nearly everything in his arsenal against the Bulls on his way to 183 total yards. Taylor ran for two scores, dashed his way in on a screen pass and then bullied his way into another score after lining up at wide receiver. It was the performance everyone was talking about across college football and Taylor’s first salvo in what many hope is a push for the school’s third Heisman Trophy.

The not so good: Pass protection

In a game where Wisconsin did very little wrong, South Florida managed to get to quarterback Jack Coan four times. Coach Paul Chryst said afterwards that he’d have to see the tape, but thought it wasn’t all on the offensive line. Sacks were an issue a year ago and it popped up again on Friday night.

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In Case You Missed It

— Wisconsin forced three turnovers, including a sack-fumble by Zack Baun that was recovered by Matt Henningsen and returned for a touchdown. It was the first defensive touchdown by the Badgers since the 2017 Big Ten title game

— Three true freshmen made their debuts Friday night: linebacker Leo Chenal (five tackles), defensive lineman Keanu Benton (two tackles, one TFL) and cornerback Semar Melvin (one tackle).

— After missing the entire 2018 season due to injury, running back Bradrick Shaw ran the ball two times for 15 yards and a touchdown.

— A number of former Badgers now in the NFL were at the game.

— The game was delayed an hour due to storms in the area.

— Linebacker Chris Orr left the game in the first half with a right leg injury. He returned for one play in the second half but was clearly limited.

— Safety Scott Nelson was injured late in the third quarter but appeared fine in the postgame interview room.

Inside the Numbers

49-0 — The score was Wisconsin largest road shutout since 1983. It was also the Badgers first shutout since beating Minnesota 31-0 to end the 2017 regular season.

3 — That’s how many catches wide receiver Quintez Cephus had in his first game since Nov. 2017.

2 — That’s how many receiving touchdowns Taylor had in the game. That’s two more than he had in his career coming in.

80 — That’s how many yards Nakia Watson had in his first game. The running back also scored his first touchdown on a 27-yard run.

What’s Next

The Badgers (1-0) will welcome Central Michigan (1-0) to Camp Randall Stadium next Saturday.

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