The Badgers were off to a slow start again on Saturday morning but ultimately proved that they are the best team in the Big Ten West. The Badgers got a much-needed win in what many considered a possible trap game. Here are a few takeaways from the Badgers definitive win in Bloomington.
After getting down 10-0 early, Wisconsin bounced back big
Hornibrook and the offense started slow again today after an interception in the end zone and a few drives resulted in nothing. But the Badgers came back and scored 24 unanswered points. Jonathan Taylor had a big day with 183 yards. Alec Ingold filled in for Austin Ramesh and scored three touchdowns for the Badgers, resulting in a 45-17 win. Joe Ferguson helped out on the defensive side of the ball, snagging two interceptions from Indiana’s Richard Lagow. The Badgers dominated the second half, proving they belong higher in the playoff conversation.
Penalties and injuries made the Badgers bend, but not break
The Badgers win wasn’t perfect. In fact, it started out sloppy with yellow flags constantly flying. Nick Nelson alone had three pass interference flags thrown his way. On one drive towards the end of the first half, the Badgers had three holding calls on the offensive line, one of which negated a huge run by Jonathan Taylor. The Badgers must start cleaner if they want to be able to compete against much better teams down the line. They won’t be able to afford such costly penalties down the stretch. Chris Orr went down early in the first half with an apparent injury and did not return. D’Cota Dixon also sat most of the game after suffering a leg injury. The Badgers’ offense was hurt when Quintez Cephus left with a leg injury. AJ Taylor stepped in for Cephus and led the team in receiving yards with 63.
Turnovers proved to be the fuel for Wisconsin’s offense
The offense started slow, and the defense couldn’t stop the slant route in the first quarter. But once the defense got rolling, the Badger offense began playing their game. The Badgers took the ball away from the Hoosiers three times (one fumble and two interceptions). All three takeaways resulted in Wisconsin touchdowns. Joe Ferguson proved valuable, as he picked off Richard Lagow twice near the Badgers’ 20-yard line.