'Good as advertised': Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor plows through Michigan's defense
Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, the Doak Walker winner last year, has steamrolled again through three games.
This time, he rolled over Michigan. Taylor had 203 yards rushing on 23 carries and two touchdowns. The junior is the first Wisconsin back to rush for at least 200 yards against the Wolverines. This was his ninth career game with at least 200 yards.
“Their ability to block and tackle was really good today,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “There were holes inside and, when we shut those holes off inside, he had the ability to bounce them to the outside. Controlled the game with the running game. Easy to see that and make the big plays, as well. He was impressive.”
Safety Josh Metellus said Wisconsin had a different scheme than last year.
“He’s as good as advertised,” Metellus said. “We weren’t doing a good job tackling.”
Backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey suffered a concussion, Harbaugh said after taking a big hit late in the third quarter. McCaffrey was able to walk off the field after being tended to following the hit from Reggie Pearson (River Rouge). Pearson was called for targeting, the second targeting call against the Badgers.
Harbaugh wasn’t specific regarding starting quarterback Shea Patterson but said he was being evaluated at halftime, which is why McCaffrey started. Patterson suffered an oblique injury on the first play of the opener and said he was fully recovered heading into the Wisconsin game.
Freshman running back Zach Charbonnet only had two carries for six yards, quite a departure from the 33 carries he had two weeks earlier against Army. Harbaugh said Charbonnet was not hurt but said he was “limited.”
Starting left tackle Jon Runyan and receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones missed the first two games but were back against Wisconsin.
“Felt good out there,” Runyan said. “Don’t feel I missed a beat.”
Peoples-Jones had one catch for five yards, a touchdown with 4:56 left in the game.
Running back Tru Wilson, vital for the Wolverines in pass protection, did not travel and has missed the last two games.
Michigan had only 40 yards rushing on 19 attempts. The running backs accounted for 10 rushes. Tight end Nick Eubanks said the lack of a running game was a “big time” issue for offense and a major reason why the Wolverines couldn’t get much going.
“That’s one thing we ran away from, and I wish we would have stayed with it,” he said.