Adrian Martinez gets past D’Cota Dixon for a TD.

Wisconsin 41
Nebraska 24

Oct. 6, 2018 • 6:30 p.m. Central
Camp Randall Stadium •Madison, WI • BTN
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First quarter
UW: Gaglianone 30 field goal, 7:08
Second quarter
UW: Gaglianone 28 field goal, 12:58
NU: Pickering 31 field goal, 9:55
UW: Taylor 3 run (Gaglianone kick) 6:51
UW: Ferguson 14 pass from Hornibrook (Gaglianone kick) 0:42
Third quarter
NU: Spielman 75 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 14:13
UW: Taylor 21 run (Gaglianone kick) 11:04
UW: Deal 20 run (Gaglianone kick) 6:50
NU: Stoll 12 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) 4:20
Fourth quarter
UW: Taylor 88 run (Gaglianone kick) 12:50
NU: Marintez 7 run (Pickering kick) 9:11

                             NEB      WIS
FIRST DOWNS.................. 26       26
  Rushing..................... 7       15
  Passing.................... 17        9
  Penalty..................... 2        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 24-111   48-370
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 407      163
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 44-26-0  24-13-0
TOTAL OFFENSE............ 68-518   72-533
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 1-3     1-15
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 2-35     3-90
Int. Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 4-41.5   3-40.7
Fumbles-Lost................ 2-1      1-1
Penalties-Yards.......... 10-100     5-50
Possession Time........... 24:27    35:33
Third-Down Conv. ....... 3 of 10  6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 0 of 2   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 3-3      5-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 1-6     2-12

RUSHING: Nebraska-Adrian Martinez 13-57; Devine Ozigbo 5-29; M. Washington 5-27; Andrew Bunch 1-minus 2. Wisconsin-Taylor, J. 24-221; Deal, Taiwan 10-74; Groshek, G. 9-73; Pryor, Kendric 1-5; Ingold, Alec 1-3; Cruickshank, A. 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 1; Hornibrook, A. 1-minus 6.

PASSING: Nebraska-Adrian Martinez 24-42-0-384; Andrew Bunch 2-2-0-23. Wisconsin-Hornibrook, A. 13-24-0-163.

RECEIVING: Nebraska-JD Spielman 9-209; Stanley Morgan 8-93; M. Washington 4-53; Kurt Rafdal 1-18; Jack Stoll 1-12; Mike Williams 1-11; Kade Warner 1-6; Bryan Reimers 1-5. Wisconsin-Ferguson, Jake 4-47; Taylor, AJ 3-60; Davis, Danny 3-38; Groshek, G. 2-10; Pryor, Kendric 1-8.

Attendance: 80,051

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Stats & recap
Complete Stats

Records fall, but so do Huskers: Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez and sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman produced record-setting performances, but Nebraska came up short in a 41-24 loss at No. 16 Wisconsin.

Martinez amassed a Nebraska freshman record 441 yards of total offense, including 384 passing yards. He completed 24 of 42 passes and threw two touchdown strikes. He added 57 yards rushing on 13 attempts to give him the fourth-best single-game offensive total in Husker history.

Spielman hauled in nine receptions for a school-record 209 yards, surpassing his 200-yard game against Ohio State last season. His 75-yard touchdown reception to open the third quarter pulled the Huskers to within 20-10.

Jonathan Taylor led the Badgers with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown to cap the scoring for Wisconsin early in the fourth quarter.

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Postgame notes
  • Nebraska’s loss extended Wisconsin’s win streak over the Huskers to six games, and gave Wisconsin a 5-1 all-time record against the Huskers in Madison.
  • Sophomore receiver JD Spielman caught nine passes for 209 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter. His 209 receiving yards are a Nebraska record, eclipsing Spielman’s 200 receiving yards last season vs. Ohio State. Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Nebraska history.
  • Spielman topped 130 receiving yards for the second straight game after recording 135 receiving yards against Purdue. This marks just the second time in school history a Nebraska player has had 130 or more receiving yards in consecutive games, joining Frosty Anderson who topped 130 yards in back-to-back 1973 games against Wisconsin and at Minnesota.
  • With his 209 receiving yards, Spielman increased his career receiving total to 1,291 yards to jump nine spots to 14th on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list.
  • Spielman’s 75-yard touchdown reception was the longest play from scrimmage by Nebraska this season, bettering a 57-yard touchdown strike from Adrian Martinez to Spielman against Colorado. It was the second-longest reception of Spielman’s career trailing only a 77-yard catch against Ohio State in 2017. Spielman’s touchdown reception was his fifth of the season and the sixth of his Husker career.
  • Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 24-of-42 passes for a career-high 384 yards andcareer-high-tying two touchdowns. The 384 passing yards were a Nebraska freshman record.
  • Martinez also rushed 13 times for 57 yards, giving him a Nebraska freshman-record 441 yards of total offense. His 441 yards of total offense ranked fourth overall in school history and were the most by a Husker since Ryker Fyfe had 442 yards of total offense at Purdue on Oct. 31, 2015. It marked the second straight week that Martinez topped 400 yards of total offense, following a 414-yard effort last week against Purdue.
  • Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. tied his career high with eight receptions and totaled 93 receiving yards. Tonight marked Morgan’s 31st consecutive game with at least one reception and the 17th straight game he has had at least three catches.
  • Morgan increased his career receptions total to 144, moving past Terrence Nunn (136) and Johnny Rodgers (143) into fourth place on the NU career receptions list.
  • Freshman running back Maurice Washington accounted for a career-high 115 all-purpose yards, including a career-high four receptions for a career-high 53 yards, 27 rushing yards and a career-high 35 kickoff return yards.
  • Nebraska senior linebacker Dedrick Young recorded seven tackles in the game and increased his career tackle total to 233 to move up three spots into a tie for 18th on the Nebraska career tackles list.
  • Junior punter Isaac Armstrong had his first two career punts in tonight’s game. His first career punt traveled 59 yards in the second quarter, marking the longest punt by a Husker in 2018.
  • Senior linebacker Luke Gifford notched a second-quarter sack, giving him a team-high 3.5 sacks this season. It also gave Nebraska 13 sacks as a team in 2018, one shy of its 2017 team total of 14 sacks.

Source: Nebraska Athletics

Practice reports
2018 schedule
04/21Reds 49, Whites 9
09/08ColoradoL 28-33
09/15TroyL 19-24
09/22@ MichiganL 10-56
09/29PurdueL 28-42
10/06@ WisconsinL 24-41
10/13@ NorthwesternL 31-34
10/20MinnesotaW 53-28
10/27Bethune-CookmanW 45-9
11/03@ Ohio St.L 31-36
11/10IllinoisW 54-35
11/17Michigan St.W 9-6
11/23@ IowaL 28-31
Pregame links & info
JD Spielman had a school-record 209 receiving yards.



Nebraska is still atrocious on third down on both sides of the ball, and the penalty addiction is still strong (10 for 100 yards), but there were things to like about this game.


It was mostly just a methodical hammering by Wisconsin's O-line, the nail slowly going down a bit each series, with little help from Nebraska's offense and special teams at the game's beginning.


When the Huskers needed their defense to come up with a stop, the Blackshirts too often wilted under the weight of Wisconsin's bruising ground attack.

Lincoln Journal Star

Frost has said multiple times over the past few weeks that he “knows where this is going.” On Saturday it seemed like Frost really felt it. Maybe for the first time.

Hail Varsity

Nebraska won’t see many teams as good as Wisconsin the rest of the way. But nothing will be easy for this team, because of its exasperating habit of getting in its own way.

Omaha World-Herald

The Huskers will win another game sometime. They can’t keep piling up 500-yard games without breaking through with a win — unless they keep piling up the penalties too. That has to be fixed.

Grand Island Independent

Frost probably said it best on Saturday. His guys fought hard, but they have nowhere near the horses up front to match up with teams like Wisconsin and Michigan.


Nebraska began to show why there might be a different script the next time it visits Camp Randall.

Daily Nebraskan

If you were waiting for a razor-sharp performance and a dominating victory from UW, you’re still waiting.

Milwaukee State Journal
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