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The sophomore said he told his teammates on the kick-return unit to “be ready to run” Saturday in Nebraska, and he was glad he could back up his words with a return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Badgers' 37-21 win over the Cornhuskers.
State Journal columnist Tom Oates grades the 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers' performance in their 37-21 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State’s defensive front never allowed UW's offensive line to create a big push, it pressured quarterback Jack Coan incessantly to neutralize the passing attack, and the No. 13 Badgers struggled to stay on the field offensively as the No. 3 Buckeyes pulled away for a 38-7 win.
A combination of smart play-calling, accurate throws and strong receiver play sunk MSU's attempts to stop the Badgers' receivers.
Jack Coan's statistics for the run-first Badgers aren't likely to land him in the Heisman race, but the junior quarterback showed against Michigan State's talented, athletic defense that he can be exactly what UW needs at the position.
UW’s top quartet of receivers — Quintez Cephus, Danny Davis, Kendric Pryor and A.J. Taylor — have accounted for just 13 catches and 153 yards over the past two weeks.
"In the past, we’ve been more traditionally run (on first down). So it’s going to make defenses play honest,” UW running back Jonathan Taylor said.
“It’s just unbelievable. I think it’s just pretty cool how I get to play with him,” junior quarterback Jack Coan said after UW's 48-0 win over Kent State. “I’m probably going to tell my kids one day how I got to play with ‘J.T.’ It’s pretty special.”
Wisconsin State Journal photographer Steve Apps captured all the action as the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers shut out the Kent State Golden Flashes,…