The Huskers would end up moving the ball inside UW territory on all three of their drives in the first quarter, but Wisconsin shot itself in the foot nearly just as much with four penalties for 50 yards in the opening quarter alone.
The defenses continued to assert themselves for the next eight minutes before the offenses erupted in the final 1:30 of the first half. Wisconsin answered immediately when Taylor took an inside run to the house from 75 yards out. But Devine Ozigbo lost 2 yards on first down, then there were two incomplete passes.
While the game was close for the first three quarters, UW's power offense and star freshman running back Jonathan Taylor took the game over in the fourth.
Nebraska hosts No. 10 Ohio State, which beat the Huskers 62-3 past year. The Badgers boast an elite offensive line and the Big Ten's leading rusher and showed why they deserve their reputation as a top ground-and-pound unit.
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Ernsberger caught a touchdown in overtime, and it is possible his sister thought the game was over with the score. After tying the game again, it became a family affair as Ernsberger's sister rushed on field to celebrate.
A majority of the Badgers' yards came in the second half, while all of their plays in the fourth quarter were on the ground, gaining 125 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
The Huskers scored with 1:20 left before intermission when Lee hit Stanley Morgan - who finished with 115 yards on four catches - with a pass just over a defender for a catch-and-run 80-yard touchdown. Drew Brown's 33-yard attempt went wide-right. The Cornhuskers' resurgence can be attributed in large part to their defense, which has yielded only 23 points in the last 14 quarters.
Nebraska's next drive ended with a fumble after a completion on a short completion from Lee to Morgan, and Wisconsin turned the mistake into points with a 10-play, 40-yard drive that ate up 6:15 and ended with a one-yard plunge by Bradrick Shaw with 2:40 left to extend the Badger margin to 38-17. Ozigbo rushed for over 100 yards for the third-straight game, while the Huskers have had a 100-yard rusher in five of the six games this season.
Stat of the game: 7.2 - The average yards per carry for Wisconsin as it bullied Nebraska's defensive line with a variety of run plays.
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Finally, if necessary, Jake Arrieta will start in Game 4 on Tuesday. "He had that same look", said Baker, with a grin Thursday. Goodwin hasn't played for the Nationals since mid-August because of groin injury that caused him to go on the disabled list.
Although the final tally for the "Freedom Trophy" is a lopsided one, there has been no shortage of drama recently in the rivalry between Wisconsin and Nebraska.
In fact, after Nebraska tied the game at 17-all after Williams' reception return, the Badgers threw the ball only once.
He alone had 252 yards and added another score. He was 16-for-32 passing for 262 yards, with one TD and one interception.
Wisconsin: The Badgers still own the Huskers, having beaten them six out of seven times since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.
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South Africa boosted their chances in perhaps the most contentious group in all continents, beating Burkina Faso 3-1. The score was 1-1 for half an hour until Arjen Robben converted an 84th-minute penalty to break the deadlock.