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Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Leon Jacobs hopes to continue his productive season against Iowa this weekend.

Jacobs presents major matchup problem against Hawkeyes

When the Badgers played a tight game against Purdue just a few weeks ago, the biggest play of the game wasn’t a Jonathan Taylor touchdown or a Troy Fumagalli catch, but rather, an interception inside the Badgers’ 20-yard line which helped ice the game and keep Wisconsin’s unbeaten season alive.

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Ferguson sparks Badgers' secondary in Dixon's absence

The last time the Wisconsin Badgers started a season 9-0 was in 2004. After beating Indiana 45-17 last Saturday, this year’s team tied that benchmark. UW’s defense was relentless all day long as they stifled the Indiana run offense holding them to a measly 40 yards on 21 attempts.

Quintez Cephus has been a spark plug for the Badger offense, and gives them some much needed balance on that side of the ball.

Wisconsin handles Indiana 45-17 to remain undefeated

No.4 Wisconsin (6-0 Big Ten, 9-0 overall) overcame an early 10-point deficit Saturday at Indiana (0-6, 3-6) en route to a decisive 45-17 victory. After a first-quarter interception, redshirt sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook rebounded with an 18-yard touchdown pass to junior fullback Alec Ingold with 10:28 remaining in the half. Just over four minutes later, Hornibrook doubled down on his efforts, giving Wisconsin a 14-10 lead with an eight-yard pass to sophomore wideout Quintez Cephus. The Badgers never gave their lead up after that, as true freshman running back Jonathan Taylor scored in the third quarter to put Wisconsin up by 14.

Bradrick Shaw vs Utah State

Running back depth key for UW when Badgers travel to Indiana

The Wisconsin “football factory” has been working overtime this season to produce quality running backs in a seemingly neverending army of talented ball carriers in the backfield. At the start of the season, everyone was expecting a two-headed monster of redshirt sophomore Bradrick Shaw and redshirt junior transfer Chris James to carry the load, but they were quickly overshadowed by freshman Jonathan Taylor, who at one point looked like a darkhorse Heisman candidate. Now, entering Week 10 against the Indiana Hoosiers (0-5 Big Ten, 3-5 overall), the Badgers (5-0, 8-0) will be relying on redshirt freshman Garrett Groshek and redshirt senior graduate transfer Rachid Ibrahim to power the all-important rushing attack. Taylor and James are questionable for Saturday’s game with left leg injuries, while Shaw is still active in the rotation but running at less than 100-percent health. Groshek has seen his playing time steadily increase in each of the previous three weeks, from two carries against Purdue up to 12 last week in Illinois.

Bucky Badger does pushups

Actor who plays Bucky Badger bringing work home with him, girlfriend says

Aaron Thatcher, an actor who portrays University of Wisconsin mascot Bucky Badger has been struggling to separate his work and home life lately, according to his girlfriend. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Cardinal, Thatcher’s girlfriend Alexis Martin divulged that he has now assumed the role of Bucky at all times. “I don’t even recognize him anymore,” Martin, who lives with Thatcher, said.

Senior linebacker T.J. Edwards will be looking to stop Nebraska's dual threat quarterback Adrian Martinez

On eve of first playoff ranking, Badger fans need to prepare for rude awakening

The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said that “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” William Shakespeare echoed him, saying “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” If these erudite thinkers were indeed correct, then I must be the wisest man of all time when it comes to the College Football Playoff rankings.

Quintez Cephus has been a spark plug for the Badger offense, and gives them some much needed balance on that side of the ball.

Young UW receivers starring for Wisconsin

Early in the second quarter against Maryland Saturday, sophomore wide receiver Quintez Cephus caught the ball in the middle of the field and wiggled loose for a 30-yard gain. In the short term, Cephus had set up the Badgers with a scoring opportunity at the Terrapins’ three-yard line, and freshman running back Jonathan Taylor converted the chance on the next play. On a broader level, however, Cephus’ catch was more than just a handy chunk play for Wisconsin.

Troy Fumagalli was dominant before his injury. After missing some time, he returned to the active roster against Maryland, and was an integral part of Wisconsin's big win.

Fumagalli focal point as Badgers remain undefeated

Most players on the Wisconsin sideline seemed to know a big game was coming for redshirt senior tight end Troy Fumagalli, who had been recovering from a left leg injury the past few weeks. They could see it all week. “I thought Fum, for the first time since the bye, was playing fast in practice,” head coach Paul Chryst said.

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