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Twitter reacts to Wisconsin Badgers comeback win over Nebraska

Twitter reacts to Wisconsin Badgers comeback win over Nebraska

The Wisconsin Badgers (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) trailed for the first 59:25 seconds of their Week 12 matchup with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but that didn’t stop Interim head coach Jim Leonhard and company from securing the dub.

In a must-win contest, UW went on the road and defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 15-14 in front of a sell-out crowd (not really, it’s just a lie the Huskers like to tell themselves), keeping the Freedom Trophy in the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers – just like it has been since 2014.

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.

I’ll admit, I didn’t think there was any way in hell UW, at least in its current state, would score twice in the fourth quarter. That said, I couldn’t be happier to admit I was wrong. The offense scored two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to give the Badgers their first fourth-quarter comeback win since 2018.

How did Wisconsin football Twitter react to the comeback win? Here is a look at some of those takeaways:


Former Badgers RB James White

Badgers are bowl eligible for the 21st consecutive season

Wisconsin Badgers junior OLB Nick Herbig

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers game recap: Everything we know


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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers game recap: Everything we know

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:


Key to the game: Wisconsin leaned on the run game

Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) hands the football off to running back Braelon Allen (0) during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Three plays later, Jim Leonhard dialed up a QB sneak on third and goal from the two-yard line that caught Nebraksa off-guard and ended up being the proverbial dagger.


Game balls

OLB C.J. Goetz: There aren’t many players who’ve had a better month and a half for Wisconsin than C.J. Goetz. Against Nebraska, he continued wreaking havoc, registering seven tackles, 2.5 TFL, and a pass breakup.

NT Keeanu Benton: Although he’s been knicked up for the better part of the season, I thought Keeanu Benton was a force against the Cornhuskers – finishing the game with four tackles, 2 TFLs, and a sack. When UW’s star nose tackle dominates, so does the Badger’s defense.

RB Chez Mellusi: Despite missing the past six games, Chez Mellusi picked up right where he left off, carrying the ball 21 times for 98 yards and running with some intention. Come to think of it, I can’t remember a single run where he didn’t fall forward. He will play a significant role next week against Minnesota – it was great to get him back.


What’s next

The Wisconsin Badgers (6-5) return home next weekend, playing PJ Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-4) for the Axe at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, November 26.


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Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) hands the football off to running back Braelon Allen (0) during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Nebraska in Week 12

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Iowa in Week 11

The Wisconsin Badgers (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) head down to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) for a Big Ten West matchup.  Wisconsin football is coming off a tough loss to the Hawkeyes last week.  Nebraska has dropped four straight after two wins over Rutgers and Indiana.  Both teams, led respectfully by interim coaches, are looking to finish the season on a high note.

Here is what to expect…


Offensively

I expect a heavy dose of Braelon Allen this week.  Nebraska gives up 4.6 yards a carry and 191 yards a game on the ground.  After the last game and rumors about Allen transferring, I expect him to come motivated and ready to go.  Nebraska has struggled all year defending the run, and the Badgers need to take advantage of that.  The Badgers also have a good chance of getting running back Chez Mellusi back for this game.  Last year Braelon Allen ran all over Nebraska, and all indications point to it happening again this week.

Nebraska’s pass defense has also been poor this year, but it has been improving as of late.  This season, they have given up 246 yards a game while only forcing seven interceptions.  The Badgers must establish the run game to open up the play-action and pass game.  The Cornhuskers have 28 sacks on the year and have succeeded in getting after the quarterback.

Defensively

This is the type of game that the Badgers have to come in and take care of business.  Nebraska’s quarterback Casey Thompson (who has been sidelined by an injury) is day-to-day and unsure of playing Saturday.  Their second is out, and third-string Logan Smothers has been dealing with injuries but is expected to start.

If Casey Thompson does start, the Badgers can not give up the deep ball.  Casey does an excellent job of putting touch on his deep balls.  Junior Trey Palmer is Casey’s go-to man; he has 58 catches on the year and five touchdowns.

Nebraska is an average rush team with junior Anthony Grant as running back this year.  What happens at quarterback for them will decide how they approach the game.  If Casey does play, expect a balanced game from them and the Badgers to stick with a cover two.  If he doesn’t go, the Badgers should be in a cover three and make them try to pass it.

Conclusion

This is a game where the Badgers should be able to control the game.  If the Badgers can take care of the ball and establish the run, Nebraska will have difficulty keeping with them.  The Badgers can not make mistakes like they did last week against Iowa, or this will be another dogfight.  The Badgers are still in the mix for a bowl game, but they have to take care of business Saturday.


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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 08: The Wisconsin Badgers huddle against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Ryan Field on October 08, 2022 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: What to watch for

The Wisconsin Badgers (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) on Saturday morning.

The Badgers are coming off a tough loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, ending their hopes of taking the Big Ten West. The Hawkeyes’ defense shut down the Badgers’ offense, and now Wisconsin’s chances at making a bowl game are running out.

The Cornhuskers head into Saturday on a four-game losing streak. Nebraska has struggled throughout the season on the defensive end. Wisconsin needs a “get right game” on offense, and they have a good opportunity against a poor Cornhusker defense.

Here are some key items to watch in Saturday’s contest:

Will the Wisconsin Badgers get their rushing attack going after a poor showing?

The Badgers could not get anything going on the ground against the Hawkeyes. Wisconsin put up just 68 yards on the ground, a testament to Iowa’s standout defense. Now facing a subpar defense and the possibility of Chez Mellusi returning from injury, will the Badgers get it going on the ground?

Nebraska has allowed 192 rushing yards per game this season, ranking 107th in the country. Teams have exploited the Cornhusker defense on the ground as teams average 42 rushing attempts per game against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers struggle with stopping the run, an area where the Badgers excel.

After a poor showing against Iowa, Wisconsin should look to their running backs to have a productive day against Nebraska.

Can the Wisconsin Badgers shut down the Cornhuskers’ running backs?

The Cornhuskers are severely banged up this week. Nebraska is going into Saturday without their starting QB Casey Thompson, their backup Chubba Purdy, and their third-string quarterback Logan Smothers is dealing with an injury. With Nebraska’s signal callers dealing with injury, the focus will be put on their running backs.

The Badgers have excelled at stopping the run this season, as they currently rank as the 19th-best rushing defense in the country. With run stoppers like Maema Njongmeta and Keeanu Benton, the Badgers have the players to slow down what should be a run-heavy offense on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers are slim on quarterbacks, so be sure to watch how the Badgers contain Nebraska’s rushing attack.

Will the Wisconsin Badgers offensive line step up?

Wisconsin has proven to be a school with excellent offensive linemen. However, the 2022 season has been a tough one for the Badgers front.

Against Iowa last week, the offensive line allowed four sacks. In fairness, Iowa’s defense has been stout this year, and their pass rush has been one of the many bright spots. However, the subpar offensive line play has been somewhat unexpected.

Going into Saturday, the offensive line will have a chance to get right. Nebraska’s pass rush has been very poor this year, sacking the quarterback on just 4.56% of plays. That comes in at the 109th rank in the country.

After many struggles against opponents’ pass rush this year, the Badgers’ offensive front has a golden opportunity to get back on track.

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ESPN’s FPI projection for Wisconsin Badgers contest vs. Nebraska

ESPN’s FPI projection for Wisconsin Badgers contest vs. Nebraska

The Wisconsin Badgers (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) enter Saturday’s road contest against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) as 13-point favorites and are looking to regroup after a disappointing 24-10 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes this past weekend.

Ahead of Saturday’s matchup, ESPN’s FPI model gives Wisconsin a 74.7% chance of winning on the road against the Cornhuskers in Lincoln.

This projection makes sense on paper, but this seems a little steep, given Wisconsin’s lackluster performance this past weekend.

Each program has endured its fair share of struggles this season and saw their respective head coaches, Paul Chryst and Scott Frost, fired as a result.

Losers of four straight, Nebraska can’t seem to get much of anything going on either side of the ball. Mickey Joseph and company are averaging 15.5 points per game during their losing streak and an abysmal 8.3 points over their last three games. The Huskers also enter with the No. 13 ranked defense in the Big Ten, allowing 438 yards per game.

Wisconsin Badgers 

UW needs a win in mid-November to remain bowl eligible, a sentence I never expected to write when the season began.

For Wisconsin, I’d love to see the Badgers come out and continue playing attacking defense like we’ve seen the past couple of weeks. With several key players getting healthy, Jim Leonhard’s unit has begun to gel and is currently the No. 6 defense in the Big Ten and No. 14 in the country.

Additionally, UW’s offense has to find a way to put last weekend’s performance behind them and play with some intention. The Big Ten West is seemingly out of reach. Still, bowl eligibility is on the line, and Wisconsin currently has the third-longest streak of consecutive Bowl appearances they need to protect – which matters.

If everything goes the way it should, I expect Wisconsin wins a close one on the road.

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