Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers game recap: Everything we know
Despite trailing until the final 35 seconds of the game, Interim head coach Jim Leonhard and the Wisconsin Badgers (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) went on the road in a must-win contest and defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 15-14, keeping the Freedom Trophy in the only home its ever known – in Madison.
UW has now won nine straight meetings against Nebraska and, with today’s win, is now bowl eligible for the 21st consecutive season – extending the nation’s third-longest active bowl streak.
The Badger’s defense came to play yet again, allowing only 171 total yards of offense (106 passing, 65 rushing) on 3.5 yards per play – making it the first time in over 20 years UW’s defense has allowed under 200 yards of total offense in three consecutive games.
To say they’ve figured things out would be an understatement.
Wisconsin’s offense did just enough on Saturday, scoring two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to give the Badgers their first fourth-quarter comeback win since 2018.
Here’s a recap of Wisconsin’s road victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers:
On a day when quarterback Graham Mertz simply didn’t have it, UW leaned on the hogs up front to open up running lanes and wear down the Cornhusker’s defensive line.
In doing so, Wisconsin finished with 239 yards on the ground on 52 carries split between their top three backs, winning the time-of-possession battle by nearly 14 minutes.
The return of Chez Mellusi made all the difference on Saturday, carrying the ball 21 times for 98 yards and allowing UW to spell Braleon Allen, who is clearly playing hurt. Senior running back Isaac Guerendo also earned carries and made arguably the biggest play of the game…but we’ll get to that.
It was over when…
On UW’s final drive of the game, with 1:35 to play, Graham Mertz moved outside the pocket and made a beautiful throw across his body to Isaac Guerendo for a 27-yard gain that set up a 1st and goal from the Nebraska seven-yard line.