WISCONSIN: ROAD TO THE ROSE BOWL GAME
August 30, 2019 Tampa, Florida GAME 1
Wisconsin 49, South Florida 0
Jonathan Taylor rushed for 135 yards and scored a career-best
four touchdowns, helping No. 19 Wisconsin open the season with
a 49-0 rout of South Florida.
Taking up where he left off a year ago, when he lead the nation
with 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns, Taylor scored on runs of 37
and 38 yards.
The junior running back also had the first two receiving TDs of
his career, scooting 36 yards up the left sideline after taking a
quick flip from UW quarterback Jack Coan and later extending
the ball over the goal line on a 12-yard reception that gave the
Badgers a 28-0 halftime lead.
Taylor joined Melvin Gordon (2014) and Ron Dayne (1996, 1999)
as the only Badgers to top 2,000 yards rushing in a season in 2018,
and he looks like he’s primed for another big year after gaining
100-plus for the 23rd time in 28 career games.
Coan carried his share of the load, too, finishing with 19 of 26 for
199 yards without an interception. He threw for a career-high 193
yards on 17-for-23 passing, with 2 touchdowns.
Wisconsin’s defense delivered a dominating performance, too,
limiting South Florida to 157 yards of total offense and forcing
three turnovers, including a fumble that Matt Henningsen returned
16 yards for a second-quarter touchdown. The Badgers’ defense
held the Bulls to 26 yards rushing.
Henningsen added a sack and a quarterback hurry to his
performance, while junior safety Eric Burrell recorded the second
interception of his career, picking off South Florida quarterback
Blake Barnett’s pass in the second quarter. Overall, inside
linebacker Mike Maskalunas led the Badgers with six tackles,
closely followed by teammates Jack Sanborn and Leo Chenal
with five each. Safety Collin Wilder made the most of his Badgers’
debut with an interception in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman running back Nakia Watson made his Badgers
debut and scored the first touchdown of his career on a 27-yard run
in the third quarter. He finished with 14 carries for 80 yards. Senior
running back Bradrick Shaw scored the 10th rushing touchdown
of his career and his first touchdown since 2017, scoring on a 15-
yard run in the fourth quarter.