The Badgers defeated Michigan 24-10 on Saturday, thanks in part to Nelson’s 50-yard punt return touchdown in the first quarter. This was the first time Wisconsin returned a punt for a touchdown since Kenzel Doe returned one 82 yards against Utah State on September 15, 2012. His touchdown made him the 18th player for Wisconsin to reach the end zone this season. It was the first special teams touchdown scored by the Badgers this season.
Nelson also had an 18-yard punt return later in the game that helped set up Wisconsin’s final score, a 30-yard field goal by kicker Rafael Gaglianone with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
He also had two tackles and two pass break-ups on the day.
This is the first time a Wisconsin player has won Special Teams Player of the Week since the 2016 season when Gaglianone won the award in week one.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 249 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin hammered Nebraska 38-17 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium to move to 5-0 for the first time since 2011.
Play of the Game
Nebraska had just gotten the stadium rocking with an 80-yard touchdown catch and run from wide receiver Stanley Morgan to get within 10-7 late in the second quarter. But Wisconsin had an answer — or more accurately — Taylor had an answer. On the first play of the ensuing drive, the running back got the handoff, burst through a hole on the right side and outran the safety for a 75-yard score to give the Badgers the momentum back.
Offense: Jonathan Taylor
In his just his fifth college game, the New Jersey product topped the 200-yard mark for a second time this season. And he did it by averaging 10 yards per carry, showing off both his power, speed and agility that made him so productive in high school. It’s becoming more clear by the day that Wisconsin got an absolute steal in Taylor.
Defense: CB Nick Nelson
Facing what was the best group of wide receivers Wisconsin had seen so far, the Badgers’ top cornerback had perhaps his best game of the year. Nelson finished with a team-high three pass breakups, and was draped all over Nebraska’s pass catchers. Nelson has been good this season, but Saturday night he took it to another level.
Special Teams: Zach Hintze
Wisconsin kicked off seven times and Hintze put five of them in the end zone, while popping another one up that allowed the coverage team to get down and stop Nebraska at its own 17-yard line.
Video of the game
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst talks to the media after the game Linebacker Chris Orr on his interception return for a touchdown