Braelon Allen leads Wisconsin No. 19 to a 35-28 victory over Nebraska - Twin Cities | MCU Times

Braelon Allen leads Wisconsin No. 19 to a 35-28 victory over Nebraska – Twin Cities

MADISON, Wis. – Braelon Allen continued a tradition with Wisconsin runners steamrolling the Nebraska defense.

Allen rushed to 228 yards and three touchdowns – including a tiebreaking 53-yard with 3:50 left – to help No. 19 Wisconsin survive Nebraska 35-28 for its seventh straight win on Saturday.

Wisconsin has beaten Nebraska eight times in a row and has typically done so with dominant rushing performances, starting with the night in which Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball each ran over 200 yards in the 2012 Big Ten Championship. Gordon rushed for a school record of 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014. Jonathan Taylor exceeded 200 yards against Nebraska three separate times.

“All week I heard about the yards and touchdowns that we put up in Nebraska every year,” Allen said. “It’s cool to continue the tradition.”

The Badgers (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 15 CFP) gave Nebraska (3-8, 1-7) its fifth defeat in a row and moved one step closer to playing for a conference title.

Wisconsin will win its fourth Big Ten championship game in the last six years if it wins its regular season finale in Minnesota. Wisconsin is tied with No. 18 in Iowa for first place in the West, but owns the tiebreaker advantage because it beat the Hawkeys 27-7 on Oct. 30.

The Badgers kept their winning streak alive Saturday because Allen was spectacular on a day when their top-ranked defense was not as effective as usual.

Allen’s achievement came with Gordon, who served as honorary captain. Allen, who views the Denver Broncos running back as an idol and an inspiration, said it was surreal to shake his hand and talk to him before the game.

“It started with 408 against Nebraska,” Allen said. “At the time, I was just about to finish my fifth grade season. I honestly did not know if I liked football at all at the time. I watched that game and it was kind of what set it all in motion for me. , when I tried to be like him one day. ”

Allen, who had 22 carries, has rushed over 100 yards in each of Wisconsin’s last seven games. The 17-year-old had collected 12 carries during Wisconsin’s 1-3 start.

He has rushed a total of 401 yards and six touchdowns in the two games since second-back Chez Mellusi suffered a knee injury that ended the season. Mellusi was Wisconsin’s leading rusher at the time he was injured.

“He wants to do it for the guy next to him,” offensive tackle Tyler Beach said. “I think that’s where his maturity is right now. It’s on a whole different level for a guy as young as he is. ”

He had a career-high 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 3-yard score late in the third quarter. After Nebraska leveled the game with 6:27 left of the game on Marvin Scott’s 3-yard touchdown, Allen brought Wisconsin ahead again with another outburst.

Allen went through the right side of the line, headed towards the sideline and easily threw Myles Farmer’s tackle attempt within the 30’s.

“He’s a special guy,” Nebraska’s defensive end Garrett Nelson said. “He’s going to be a problem for the big ten for a long time.”

Nebraska almost found a way to win.

The Cornhuskers drove to Wisconsin’s 11-yard line in the last minute but ended up dropping the ball on downs at 21.

After a right tackle Bryce Benhart committed a team penalty that pushed the Cornhuskers back 10 yards, Adrian Martinez threw four straight incompletions. Faion Hicks broke the fourth down-pass to Zavier Betts with four seconds left.

Nebraska coach Scott Frost received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the fourth downturn, and he apparently thought Hicks got in touch with the receiver before the throw arrived.

“I did not get an explanation,” Frost said. “I was too angry to ask for one.”

Martinez went 23 of 35 for 351 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, both by Collin Wilder. He became Nebraska’s all-time leader in his career-total attack with 10,792 yards. Tommy Armstrong Jr. had 10,690 yards in total offense with 10,690.

TAKEAWAYEN

Nebraska: In his first game since Frost fired four offensive assistants, the Cornhuskers won 452 yards, including 143 yards in receptions by Austin Allen, a school record for close ends. The Huskers’ total was the highest this season against Wisconsin’s top-ranked defense. But it still turned into another close loss against a quality team. “We had a really good game plan and the team executed it well,” Frost said. “We stopped ourselves just as much as we were stopped.”

Nebraska has 5-19 in games with one score in Frost’s four seasons.

Wisconsin: The Badgers had three pointless runs within Nebraska’s 35-yard line, but still showed that their offense is good enough to win games when their defense is not dominant.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin may move up a few spots, but is unlikely to make the top 15.

NEXT

Nebraska: Hosts Iowa on Friday.

Wisconsin: Visiting Minnesota on Saturday.

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