Jonathan Taylor gets another 200 yards in win
Jonathan Taylor ran for 224 yards and one touchdown in Wisconsin's 17-9 win over Purdue.Image By: Christian Memmo
The Badgers, taking on another Big Ten opponent, continued their undefeated season with a 17-9 win over Purdue. Though suffering from some sloppy offensive plays, the Wisconsin defense was quick to recover the lost ground that resulted from the three turnovers. However, though there were some rough patches, the Wisconsin offense made a few timely plays on Saturday. Many of those chunk plays stemmed, yet again, from freshman running back Jonathan Taylor.
Taylor was on a mission against the Boilermakers, as he looked to become the first true freshman in the FBS to reach 1,000 rushing yards in only six games. Though the freshman fell a few short yards of that goal, he still managed to make an impact Saturday afternoon.
On only the third play of the game, Taylor made his mark with a 67-yard touchdown run, to put the Badgers on the scoreboard. Taylor, on the day, ran for 224 yards on 30 carries. And even though Taylor did contribute to the three turnovers with a fumble near the goal line in the fourth quarter, he was quick to regain composure and finish the game strong. through six games he has accumulated a total of 986 rushing yards, and has nothing but momentum to carry him into next week’s matchup against Maryland.
Though the Badgers did secure a victory on Saturday’s matchup against Purdue, Wisconsin let the Boilermakers hang around winning by only eight points. But the score does not reflect the yardage differences as UW surpassed Purdue in a total yardage, 494 to 221.
As the Badgers get ready to face Maryland, the Badgers must play a controlled game and work on minimizing their turnovers In addition, even though Taylor has had the hot hand over the past few weeks, other players, including wide receiver Quintez Cephus, must continue to contribute big plays when needed if the Badgers wish to continue in their pursuit of an undefeated season.