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UW operating again Jonathan Taylor had a giant day vs. Indiana on Saturday.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst is keen on noting that his soccer workforce is at its finest when it will get contributions from up and down the roster.
Saturday was such a day as No. four UW needed to depend on its offense, protection and particular groups to beat an early double-digit deficit to roll to a 45-17 victory over Indiana.
Freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor, who missed greater than half of the earlier recreation with an obvious ankle harm, rushed 29 instances for 183 yards and a landing.
Quarterback Alex Hornibrook overcame an interception ultimately zone on UW’s first drive to hit a number of important throws and completed 13 of 20 for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
BOX SCORE: Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17
BADGERS CHAT: Jeff Potrykus at 7 p.m. Monday
Reserve security Joe Ferguson intercepted two pbades, each of which led to touchdowns.
Reserve outdoors linebacker Tyler Johnson pressured one fumble and pressured Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow into one in every of his two interceptions.
Fullback Alec Ingold scored 3 times – on an 18-yard reception and a pair of 1-yard runs. – all after Indiana turnovers.
UW scored 28 factors off Indiana turnovers – two interceptions, one fumble and one on downs.
UW (9-Zero, 6-Zero Big Ten) joined the 1998 and 2004 groups by bettering to 9-Zero general.
The ’98 workforce misplaced its 10th recreation – a 27-10 resolution at Michigan – however received a share of the Big Ten title with a 7-1 mark after which upset UCLA within the Rose Bowl to complete 11-1.
The ’04 workforce misplaced its last three video games – at Michigan State, at Iowa and to Georgia within the Outback Bowl.
UW additionally prolonged its profitable streak to 10 video games, courting to the 2017 Cotton Bowl. That is the No. Three mark in program historical past. UW received 14 consecutive video games (Sept. 30, 2006, to Sept. 29, 2007) and 11 consecutive video games (Oct. 2, 1999, to Sept. 16, 2000).
Indiana (Three-6, Zero-6) remained winless in Big Ten play.
The victory got here at worth, nonetheless.
UW misplaced linebacker Chris Orr (left leg) and broad receiver Quintez Cephus (proper leg). Cephus had two catches for 24 yards. He gave UW the lead for good at 14-10 with an Eight-yard landing catch with 6 minutes 21 seconds left within the first half.
UW drove from its 22 to the Indiana 5 – on eight operating performs. After Garrett Groshek misplaced a yard on second and aim from the 5, Hornibrook was drilled from behind as he tried to throw.
Linebacker Tegray Scales intercepted the move ultimately zone with Eight:06 left within the quarter for a touchback.
The Hoosiers took benefit of the turnover and marched 80 yards for a landing.
On second and eight from the UW 23, tailback Devonte Williams circled out of the backfield towards the left sideline.
Cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams was on that aspect of the formation however adopted a receiver throughout the sphere to the center. That left Williams broad open for a 23-yard landing with Three:57 left within the quarter.
Indiana, which leads the nation in forcing three and outs at 6.Eight per recreation, pressured UW to punt after three performs.
The Hoosiers took over at their 33 and marched to the UW Eight earlier than Griffin Oakes hit a 26-yard subject aim for a 10-Zero lead with 14:11 left within the half.
UW’s offense wanted to point out one thing on its subsequent possession.
Led by Hornibrook, the Badgers drove 73 yards for a important landing, on seven performs.
Hornibrook discovered A.J. Taylor for 32 yards to the Indiana 39 on the third play of the drive, on third and eight.
Three performs later, he transformed on third and 5 with a 16-yard move to Cephus to the 18.
Hornibrook then executed a play-action faux to Bradrick Shaw and hit Ingold for an 18-yard landing with 10:28 left within the half to badist reduce the deficit to 10-7.
With UW nonetheless trailing by three, the protection got here up with its greatest play of the half.
Johnson stripped the ball from Indiana tailback Morgan Ellison and Ferguson fell on the ball on the Indiana 21.
The officers initially known as Ellison down however the replay official overturned the decision. Indiana Tom Allen argued vehemently and the Hoosiers had been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct
That put the ball on the 11 after Jonathan Taylor gained Three yards on first down, Hornibrook stood within the pocket and delivered a strike to Cephus for an Eight-yard landing to badist UW take a 14-10 lead with 6:21 left within the half.
Hornibrook was drilled within the again by defensive finish Robert McCray III however nonetheless put the ball simply over the shoulder of Indiana’s Tony Fields and into the arms of Cephus.
UW opened the second half with a field-goal drive, however misplaced Cephus to an obvious ankle harm.
Cephus was blocking when a UW lineman by chance rolled up the again of the sophomore broad receiver’s leg. Cephus was examined on the sphere and helped off the sphere. He didn’t put any weight on his proper foot.
UW’s protection recorded a three-and-out, pushing the Hoosiers again to their 5 from the 17, and the Badgers took over at their 46 after a 49-yard punt.
Hornibrook had completions of Eight yards to A.J. Taylor and 14 to Kendric Pryor, the latter on third and a couple of, to maneuver the ball to the Indiana 32.
Jonathan Taylor scored on a jet sweep to the left on the following play to badist UW take a 24-10 lead with 5:47 left within the quarter.
The 14-point lead didn’t final lengthy, partly as a result of Zach Hintze despatched the kickoff out of bounds.
That allowed Indiana to start out its drive from the 35 and the Lagow accomplished Three of four pbades for 60 yards on the drive. He capped the drive with a 17-yard landing move to Simmie Cobbs Jr., who beat cornerback Nick Nelson with four:12 left.
UW moved from its 38 to the Indiana 36 however the Badgers ultimately needed to punt and Allen pinned the Hoosiers at their 10 with 14:48 left with a 30-yard pooch punt.
Allen’s execution, coupled with a holding name on Indiana and one other stand by the protection, allowed UW to take a 31-17 lead.
Indiana confronted second and 20 from its 11 when Johnson got here free on a stunt and drilled Lagow as he was throwing over the center.
Ferguson, filling in for starter D’Cota Dixon, intercepted the move on the Indiana 27.
UW wanted seven performs to succeed in the tip zone, with Ingold gaining 2 yards to the 1 on fourth and 1 and scoring on the following play, with 10:15 left.
Shaw added a 1-yard landing run after the Hoosiers turned the ball over on downs at their 16.
Style factors? UW didn’t earn any early. But the Badgers didn’t flinch after falling behind early and did what they’ve mentioned they should do: simply win.