Taylor passes 1,000-yard mark as Wisconsin rolls

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Tamira Madsen

The Sports Xchange


MADISON — Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his seventh career game to boost No. 5 Wisconsin to a 38-13 Big Ten win over Maryland on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

Taylor, who had 22 rushes for 126 yards with one touchdown against the Terrapins, tied the FBS record for fewest games needed to reach the milestone.

The Badgers (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) have earned their best start to the season since a 7-0 mark in 2004.

It took little time for Wisconsin to score as special teams took charge as junior linebacker T.J. Edwards scored on a 54-yard interception return at 12 minutes, 18 seconds left in the first quarter. Badgers outside linebacker Garret Dooley drilled Maryland sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager on a QB hurry and Wisconsin senior defensive end Alec James deflected the ball to set up Edwards’ pick six.

Wisconsin was sloppy, at times, on offense. Sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw one first-half interception and Taylor fumbled on Maryland’s 5-yard line at the end of the first quarter. Terps junior safety Darnell Savage Jr. recovered Taylor’s fumble, and senior kicker Henry Darmstadter kicked a 23-yard field goal to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 7-3 at 14:52 of the second quarter.

Taylor had a 3-yard TD run and Wisconsin junior tight end Zander Neuville caught an 8-yard TD pass to boost Wisconsin’s lead to 21-3 heading into halftime.

Hornibrook connected with A.J. Taylor on an 18-yard TD pass to pad the lead to 28-3 with 11:15 to go in the third quarter.

The Terps (3-4, 1-3) strung together an 11-play, 73-yard scoring drive for their first TD, as Bortenschlager threw a 10-yard strike to senior wide receiver Taivon Jacobs at 6:50 of the third quarter to make it 28-10.

Maryland pulled within two scores at 28-13 on a 25-yard field goal by Darmstadter.

Bortenschlager completed 19 of 30 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Senior running back Ty Johnson had 16 carries for a team-leading 83 rushing yards.

Hornibrook completed 16 of 24 passes for 225 yards, two TDs and one. Senior tight end Troy Fumagalli was the leading receiver with seven catches for 83 yards.

The Badgers held Maryland junior wide receiver DJ Moore to three catches for 44 yards. Moore averaged 14.2 yards per carry and 104 yards per game in the Terps’ first six games.

BADGER BITS: Entering Saturday’s game against Maryland, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor had three games with 200-plus rushing yards. ... The Badgers were one of eight undefeated FBS teams heading in Saturday’s games. ... Maryland junior WR DJ Moore was coming off a solid performance in a setback against Northwestern. Moore had career highs with 12 catches and 210 receiving yards.

Maryland................... 0..... 3   10       0    —    13

Wisconsin................. 7.... 14    7     10    —    38

First Quarter

WIS—TJ.Edwards 54 yard interception return (Gaglianone kick), 12:18.

Second Quarter

MD—Darmstadter 23 yard field goal, 14:52.

WIS—Jn.Taylor 3 yard rush (Gaglianone kick), 10:02.

WIS—Neuville 8 yard pass from Hornibrook (Gaglianone kick), 0:32.

Third Quarter

WIS—AJ.Taylor 18 yard pass from Hornibrook (Gaglianone kick), 11:15.

MD—Ta.Jacobs 10 yard pass from Bortenschlager (Darmstadter kick), 6:50.

MD—Darmstadter 45 yard field goal, 0:29.

Fourth Quarter

WIS—Ramesh 1 yard rush (Gaglianone kick), 9:10.

WIS—Gaglianone 33 yard field goal, 0:36.

TEAM STATISTICS

............................................. MD             WIS

First Downs.......................... 18              23

Rushes-Yards.................. 35-143       41-215

Passing.............................. 125            225

Sacked-Yds Lost............... 2-18            0-0

Comp-Att-Int..................... 13-30-1      16-24-1

Return Yards........................ 82             137

Punts................................ 4-36.2        1-26.0

Fumbles-Lost...................... 2-1             2-1

Penalties-Yards................. 4-54           6-49

Time of Possession.......... 27:28         32:32

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-MD, Ty.Johnson 16-83, L.Harrison 12-64, Leake 1-5, Ta.Jacobs 1-(minus 3), Bortenschlager 5-(minus 6). WIS, Jn.Taylor 22-126, Groshek 5-47, B.Shaw 7-18, R.Ibrahim 1-12, Ramesh 3-11, Q.Cephus 1-2, Ingold 1-1, Hornibrook 1-(minus 2).

PASSING-MD, Bortenschlager 13-30-1-125. WIS, Hornibrook 16-24-1-225.

RECEIVING-MD, Ta.Jacobs 5-45, L.Harrison 4-21, DJ.Moore 3-44, J.Davenport 1-15. WIS, Fumagalli 7-83, Q.Cephus 2-45, AJ.Taylor 2-41, Neuville 2-23, Ke.Pryor 2-9, Jn.Taylor 1-24.