Badgers eye the Playoff as their Big Ten comrades collapse

Written by Garin Turner
Wisconsin got all they could handle against the Indiana Hoosiers in Big 10 play. The Hoosiers kept the game close through three quarters being down just 24-17 and surrendered a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. The deficit tied for the most the Badgers has overcome this year, but in the end, Wisconsin was just too much for Indiana (3-6, 0-6 BIG 10), winning 45-17.

The victory keeps the No. 9 Badgers (9-0, 6-0 BIG 10) in the College Football Playoff hunt but struggling for three quarters may not sit well with the committee. The win, however, extends Wisconsin’s winning streak to 10 which is second in the nation. It also marks its 12th straight win over a conference foe which is a school record.

Wisconsin freshman running back Jonathan Taylor was questionable coming into the game as he suffered a leg injury in last week’s game against the Illini. Taylor not only played but had an outstanding game rushing 29 times for 183 yards and a touchdown. Taylor wasn’t the only Badger running back who found the end zone. Bradrick Shaw scored as well as fullback Alec Ingold who scored twice. The Badgers ran 52 times for 237 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior safety Joe Ferguson had a big day with two interceptions for the Badgers who shut down the Hoosiers run game and forced them to be pass heavy.

Indiana QB Richard Lagow did all he could to try to lead the Hoosiers to an upset, but two interceptions helped seal their fate. The senior QB did throw for two touchdowns and 226 yards on 20-34 passing.

Indiana has been a tough game for many of teams this year. The main issue has been finishing games. They lead Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State at halftime. They took Michigan to overtime. They let Maryland escape with a win. Those were all winnable games, and the Hoosiers are a few plays from potentially being 7-2, 4-2 BIG 10.

Indiana travels to Champaign to take on a struggling Illinois team next week.

The Badgers return home to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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