The Wisconsin Badger defense got off to a good start, holding Western Kentucky to just three points in a 34-3 victory over the Hilltoppers in the season opener on Friday night at Camp Randall.
Wisconsin replaced seven starters on defense from 2017 but the Badgers looked comfortable from the start. The Badgers held the Hilltoppers to just three points on four trips inside the UW 20-yard line.
Overall, 12 players made their Badger debut and nine players made their first starts as a Badger.
The Badgers led 24-0 at halftime, thanks in part to a pair of Jonathan Taylor touchdown runs. Taylor finished with 145 yards on 18 carries to go along with the two scores. Taylor topped the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in his 15-career games. He now ranks No. 2 at UW in career rushing average, at 6.69 yards per carry.
Taylor also became the 17th player in UW history to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing for his career. Taylor reached the 2,000-yard plateau in just 15 career games, the second-fastest in UW history. Ron Dayne went over 2,000 yards rushing in only 13 games in 1996. [Read more…]