Postgame reaction: Badgers beat Huskers

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WATCH Post game reaction from Nebraska’s 42-24 loss to Wisconsin:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Jonathan Taylor ran for 221 yards and three scores, including a career-best 88-yarder in the fourth quarter, and No. 16 Wisconsin’s punishing ground game wore down winless Nebraska in a 41-24 victory on Saturday night.     

The Badgers (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) withstood the Cornhuskers’ desperate second-half comeback attempt from a 17-point halftime deficit led by two touchdown passes in the third quarter by Adrian Martinez.     

Nebraska’s offense flashed big-play promise behind their freshman quarterback, who threw for 384 yards and rushed for a score. JD Spielman had nine catches for 209 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch.   

It still wasn’t enough to prevent the Cornhuskers (0-5, 0-3) from losing their ninth straight game, extending a program record.     Just too many mistakes to keep up with the disciplined Badgers.   

Nebraska was flagged 10 times for 100 yards. Martinez fumbled in the third quarter, a turnover that Wisconsin cashed in for a 20-yard touchdown run from Taiwan Deal for a 24-point lead with 6:50 left in the third quarter.     

The Cornhuskers still kept attacking through the air, a smart move considering Wisconsin was thin at cornerback because of injuries. Martinez found Jack Stoll for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 4:20 left to get back within 17. 

Nebraska was driving again early in the fourth quarter with a chance to cut into the lead.     Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards, a preseason All-American, finally put a stop to their comeback hopes. He had his second sack of the night on third-and-14 to force a punt.     

Taylor barreled through the line on the next play from scrimmage before speeding away from a winded defense for his 88-yard score and a 41-17 lead with 12:50 left.     Taylor finished with 24 carries. Alex Hornibrook was 13 of 24 for 163 yards and a score.   

Martinez finished 24-of-42 passing, adding 57 yards on the ground on 13 carries.     

Nebraska: Visits Northwestern on Oct. 13.