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Badgers tire out opponents with multiple running backsSubmitted: 10/08/2018
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
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agoldstein@wjfw.com

Badgers tire out opponents with multiple running backs
MADISON - Every play, 5 more yards, 4 more yards, 7 more yards.

Those runs may look unremarkable, but the Wisconsin Badgers tired out the Nebraska Cornhuskers a little more with each small gain.

"Guys are moving the chains and the defense is out there for a while," running back Jonathan Taylor said. "They're getting tired, so it's important for us to always keep the chains moving."


While Taylor usually takes on the task of getting those first downs, he has some help this year. Senior Taiwan Deal and freshman Garrett Groshek shared the workload.

"We're all different runners, you know?" Deal said. "We all show speed, strength and vision."

All three running backs are fine with wearing their opponents down, but Taylor still wanted a big run for his personal highlight reel.

"He's been saying all year since the first game, 'I need to get me a big run,'" receiver AJ Taylor said.

"Eventually, one is going to bust," Jonathan Taylor said. "It's up to you then to make it count."

With Wisconsin leading in the fourth quarter and Nebraska's defense a cornhusk of its former self, Taylor made his best chance of the day count with an 88-yard touchdown run, built from the dozens of ordinary plays that came before it.


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