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Marquette tops No. 12 Wisconsin in overtime

For the second straight weekend the Marquette Golden Eagles took out the No. 12 team in the country.

Last week, it was Kansas State. On Saturday, it was with a 74-69 win over Wisconsin in overtime at Fiserv Forum.

Marquette was paced by Markus Howard’s 27 points. The junior didn’t shoot it well (7 of 29), but he got to the free throw line 15 times and made 12 of those. Freshman Joey Hauser added 15 points, while junior Sam Hauser had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

It was a second straight win for Marquette over the Badgers and it came despite a record scoring effort from Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ. The senior went for a career-high 34 points and added 11 rebounds in the loss. It was his eighth double-double of the year.

But coach Greg Gard didn’t get enough help from other parts of the lineup. Guard D’Mitrik Trice, who came in shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc, had 10 points and was just 1 of 6 on 3s.

For just the third time in his college career, Brad Davison was held scoreless, going 0-for-3 from the field. A near 90 percent free throw shooter, the sophomore was 0 of 3, all of the misses coming in the final 5:36 of regulation.

As a team, Wisconsin shot just 20.8-percent on 3-pointers, the third-lowest percentage of the season. In the Badgers two losses — to Virginia and now Marquette — they are just 7 of 35 from deep.

The more noteworthy stat, though, was the continuing struggles at the free throw line. Wisconsin was remarkably bad on Saturday going just 10 of 21. It’s the third game this year the Badgers have shot under 50-percent from the line.

Marquette moves to 8-2 on the year, while the Badgers fall to 8-2. The Golden Eagles are off until Dec. 18 when they host North Dakota, while Wisconsin will welcome Savannah State to the Kohl Center on Thursday.

The Camp: Oct. 15, 2018

On this week’s episode of “The Camp,” Matt is joined by Danny Cunningham to breakdown the Badgers loss at Michigan, talk about having to reevaluate expectations for the season, get some of Bernie’s stories on his toughest losses and answer your Twitter questions.

(16) Wisconsin 41, Nebraska 24: 2-minute drill

MADISON — Jonathan Taylor ran for 221 yards and three scores as Wisconsin improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play after beating Nebraska 41-24 on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium.

Game Balls

Offense: RB Jonathan Taylor

For the most part, we haven’t seen the explosive runs this year from Taylor that we saw in his freshman campaign. Whether teams are just doing a better job focusing on him or the running game hasn’t been hitting on all cylinders, Taylor has put up big yards but not a lot of big gains. That changed against Nebraska. Faced with a first-and-10 from their own 12-yard line in the fourth quarter, the sophomore showed off his blend of power and speed by fighting off a pair of tacklers and then leaving everyone else in the dust.

Defense: Rush defense

Wisconsin didn’t have many standout efforts on the defensive side of the ball, but they did accomplish their goal of stopping the run and forcing Nebraska to throw. The Huskers ended up with 111 yards, but almost a quarter of that came on a 28-yard scramble by quarterback Adrian Martinez. Running backs Devine Ozigbo and Maurice Washington combined for 56 yards and were largely non-factors in the run game.

Special Teams: KR Aron Cruickshank

Cruickshank has often been asked on social media when he’s going to take a kick back for a touchdown and he’s always replied that it would come soon. Well, he didn’t get in the end zone, but he came really close in the first half. The only thing that stopped him? Nebraska kicker Barret Pickering, who got just enough of his foot to trip him up. It was one of three good efforts on the night for Cruickshank, who averaged 30 yards per return.

What they said

“It was nice to get out into the open field and stretch my legs a bit.”

— Jonathan Taylor on his career-long 88-yard touchdown run

“[With a] scrambling quarterback, covering a guy for nine seconds is kind of hard. There’s really nothing you can work on if you’ve got to cover for nine seconds.”

— cornerback Rachad Wildgoose on dealing with QB Adrian Martinez and the Huskers passing attack

“I give my hat off to (Martinez). He did [extend] plays well. … We just need to get more pressure. It’s kind of difficult guarding guys for that long period of time. But I think as a unit defensively, we’ve just go to do better. We’ll be ready for next week.”

— safety Eric Burrell on the struggles against Martinez

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In Case You Missed It

— Wisconsin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Big Ten/1994 Rose Bowl title team on Saturday night. The group won the conference for the first time in 31 years and earned the Badgers first ever victory in the Rose Bowl. About 70 members of that team were back for a special halftime ceremony.

— The Badgers’ defense took several more hits on the injury front. Already playing without cornerback Caesar Williams, Wisconsin lost fellow cornerback Deron Harrell to a head injury in the first half and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk to an apparent left leg injury in the third quarter.

The latter was seen leaving the field on crutches. It’s unclear what the exact injury is, but it’s to the same leg he had surgery on after spring practice that led to him missing all of fall camp and the season opener.

Safety D’Cota Dixon also departed late in the game with what looked like a leg injury, but Burrell said afterwards that he would be fine and expects him to play at Michigan.

Cornerback Faion Hicks played Saturday night despite what he said was a torn ligament in his left hand. He was wearing a soft cast and said it’s something he’ll have to continuing wearing for at least the next four weeks.

— Safety Scott Nelson was ejected for targeting in the third quarter. Because it came in the second half, Nelson will be forced to miss the first half of next week’s game at Michigan.

— Cruickshank delivered a crushing block (see below) on Taylor’s 88-yard touchdown.

— A healthy number of Wisconsin’s verbal commitments in the Class of 2019 were on hand for the game. That included 5-star offensive lineman Logan Brown and 4-star quarterback Graham Mertz.

Inside the Numbers

5 — That’s the number of games that Jonathan Taylor has run for at least 200 yards in his career. It’s tied for the third-most in school history, trailing only Ron Dayne (14) and Melvin Gordon (7).

533 — That’s the total number of yards Wisconsin had in the game. That’s the most for the Badgers in a Big Ten game since putting up 627 yards against Nebraska in 2014.

45 — That’s the projected number of catches this season (if Wisconsin plays 14 games) for Jake Ferguson after hauling in four passes on Saturday. It would be the most by a freshman tight end in Badgers history.

65 — That’s the number of field goals Rafael Gaglianone has made his career — tied for the most in Wisconsin history.

5 — That’s the total number of sacks Wisconsin has this year after linebacker T.J. Edwards picked up two on the night. The Badgers averaged three sacks per game last season.

518 — That’s the number of yards Wisconsin’s defense gave up. It’s the most since Ohio State put 558 on the Badgers in the 2014 Big Ten title game.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (4-1, 2-0) travels to No. 15 Michigan (5-1, 3-0) next Saturday to take on the Wolverines under the lights.

Wisconsin vs Nebraska: Three keys

The Wisconsin Badgers return to action following the bye week at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. The last time the Badgers were in action they put forth an impressive effort in a 28-17 victory over Iowa in Iowa City.

The task won’t be as tall this week as the Cornhuskers come into Madison with a very disappointing 0-4 record in Scott Frost’s first season leading the way for his alma mater. The Cornhuskers are 0-2 inside of Big Ten play, with those losses coming by a combined 60 points. Nebraska also lost non-conference matchups at home to both Colorado and Troy as well as having a game cancelled.

Here are three keys for Wisconsin to move to 4-1 on the season:

Contain Nebraska’s offense

The Cornhuskers haven’t looked like a typical 0-4 team to this point in the season, at least according to a couple of Wisconsin defensive starters. Nebraska has been able to look solid at times on the offensive side of the ball with Adrian Martinez leading the way at quarterback. Just last week against Purdue the offense put up nearly 600 yards of total offense in a 42-28 loss in Lincoln.

Despite the fact that Wisconsin has struggled to create pressure on the quarterback at times and is still figuring out how to replace the seven lost starters from the 2017 unit, the defense has been pretty good.

The Nebraska offense will create a unique challenge for the Badgers, but it’s one they shouldn’t have a ton of problems with, either.

Big play offense

This season for Wisconsin, outside of maybe parts of the first game against Western Kentucky, the Badgers have struggled to create big plays offensively. Very rarely does it feel as if the next play could go 65 yards for a touchdown right now for Wisconsin. This week could be an opportunity to change that for the Badgers.

The Cornhuskers have given up 30 or more points in three of their four losses. The only offense that has the type of talent the Badgers do that Nebraska has faced is Michigan, and the Wolverines scored 56 points.

The Wolverines ran for 285 yards in that win over Nebraska, and that’s a number Wisconsin should approach on Saturday night at home.

Continue to ride the created momentum

Trailing by three on the road in a hostile situation, as the Badgers were last time they took the field against Iowa, is a situation that can make or break a team. A number of Wisconsin players expressed that there seemed to be a coming together moment on the sidelines during that fourth quarter.

The Badgers had not yet experienced something like that, even in their loss to BYU. Maybe the loss was BYU was the kick in the shorts that this team needed to create the “us against the world” attitude Wisconsin always seems to have. If that’s the case then the comeback win against Iowa was definitely a moment that this team needed.

Continuing to play with that type of edge can only do good for Wisconsin.

Brewers knock off Cubs 11-1

The Milwaukee Brewers just keep winning. For the fifth straight series the Brewers will win at least two out of three, and they’ll go for a sweep on Wednesday night.

The Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Tuesday night behind a strong pitching performance from Wade Miley and a bit of a weird night offensively. The first seven runs of the night for the Brewers came via something other than an RBI hit.

Miley continued his terrific stretch of pitching as he threw six innings allowing just one run on three hits and striking out five as he earned the win. The bullpen picked up where Miley left off as they struck out five and allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings.

Offensively for the Brewers, Lorenzo Cain found himself on base five times. He was officially 1-for-1 with four walks and two runs scored. Christian Yelich stayed hot as he drove in a pair of runs, and Jonathan Schoop drove in three runs late in the game to pad the lead.

The Brewers will go for a three-game sweep of the Cubs on Wednesday night at Miller Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

New faces, numbers on Wisconsin’s 2018 roster

With fall camp slated to start soon and Big Ten Media Days taking place this week in Chicago, the Badgers have updated their roster for 2018.

Here’s some takeaways from it.

Players missing

One of the most impressive runs of spring came courtesy of running back Sam Brodner, and it came just 12 months after he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Now, he’s no longer on the roster, and a team official confirmed Monday he’s no longer a member of the team. The Illinois product was a 3-star recruit that was a part of the 2016 recruiting class.

Also missing was senior offensive lineman Brett Connors. He played in all 14 games last year and had showed versatility in career with the ability to play center and right tackle.

Six more walk-ons — safeties Ryan O’Connell, Jake Benzing and Brad Laufenberg, wide receivers Chris Clementi and Sam DeLany, and cornerback Kobe Knaak — that were on the spring roster are also no longer listed.

Number changes

WR Aron Cruickshank — No. 11 to No. 1
S Reggie Pearson — No. 19 to No. 3
CB Deron Harrell — No. 89 to No. 8
S Scott Nelson — No. 25 to No. 9

New freshmen numbers

QB Chase Wolf — No. 2
CB Rachad Wildgoose — No. 5
RB Isaac Guerendo — No 10
CB Alexander Smith — No. 11
CB Travian Blaylock — No. 24
RB Nakia Watson — No. 25
ILB C.J. Goetz — No. 34
OLB Jaylan Franklin — No. 42
OLB Mason Platter — No. 48
ILB Jack Sanborn — No. 57
OL Michael Furtney — No. 74
WR A.J. Abbott — No. 89
DE Isaiah Mullens — No. 90
DE Boyd Dietzen — No. 94
TE Cormac Sampson — No. 96

Weight changes

DOWN

NT Olive Sagapolu down 4 to 342 lbs
OL Jon Dietzen down 13 to 323 lbs
OL Michael Deiter down 18 to 310 lbs
OL Micah Kapoi down 18 to 308 lbs
OL Patrick Kasl down 7 to 318 lbs
TE Luke Benzschawel down 14 to 247 lbs
ILB Griffin Grady down 11 to 214 lbs
S Patrick Johnson down 11 to 193 lbs

UP

OL Tyler Beach up 21 to 311 lbs
OL Alex Fenton up 14 to 313 lbs
OL Logan Bruss up 22 to 303 lbs
OLB Arrington Farrar up 12 to 249 lbs
TE Jake Ferguson up 9 to 239 lbs
OLB Noah Burks up 11 to 241 lbs
ILB Ryan Connelly up 9 to 237 lbs
ILB Chris Orr up 9 to 232 lbs
RB Jonathan Taylor up 7 to 221 lbs
S Scott Nelson up 8 to 202 lbs
WR Danny Davis III up 10 to 196 lbs

You can find the roster here