Updated 11:52 p.m. ET: Remember how Wisconsin looked more like its (recently) old self in the first half of tonight’s game against No. 22 Nebraska?
Yeah, about that.
The Huskers stormed back from 17 points down to score 20 unanswered points on its way to a 30-27 win over the Badgers. Nebraska’s defense did a much better job on Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave and kept the Badgers running game from ever getting a full head of steam.
Taylor Martinez accounted for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in the win and continues to be one of the most improved players in the Big Ten this season.
Through four games this season, Wisconsin looked nothing like a 3-1 football team, or like a traditional Wisconsin team for that matter. The Badgers haven’t been able to run the ball consistently, which only further made the lack of a passing that much more glaring.
At least part of that has changed against No. 22 Nebraska.
Aided by a Rex Burkhead fumble, Wisconsin has jumped out to a 20-10 halftime lead over the Huskers. While the Badgers running game is still trying to get going, quarterback Joel Stave has had a solid first half. He’s getting a lot of help from his receivers, too. Jared Abbrederis has over 100 receiving yards already.
The Huskers were able to claw back into it with a late Burkhead score, but this first half has mostly belonged to Wisconsin. From a fired O-line coach to the benching of starting quarterback Danny O’Brien, not much has gone right for Bret Bielema‘s team this season. Getting a road win tonight against a top-25 team would be a nice place to start a turnaround.
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.