Wisconsin sneaks past Nebraska 15-14 after last-minute touchdown drive.

It wasn’t pretty but it was enough.

Graham Mertz snuck in on a go-ahead one-yard touchdown as Wisconsin escaped against Nebraska 15-14 to become bowl-eligible for the 21st straight season.

This was a classic Big-Ten football game as Wisconsin won this game in the trenches. The Badgers ran for 235 yards as a team and were able to run the ball at will against a porous Nebraska run defense. Braelon Allen who’s been battling through a shoulder injury and injured his ankle against Nebraska ran for 92 yards on 18 carries.

Chez Mellusi and Isaac Guerendo were the stars of the game.

Mellusi had 21 carries for 98 yards in his first game back since suffering a wrist injury against Northwestern on October 8.

Guerendo had nine carries for 42 yards and made this crucial catch to set up the Badgers on first and goal from the Nebraska seven.

The running game had to be spectacular because the passing game was not.

Graham Mertz struggled against Nebraska. Mertz went 8/18 for 83 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Mertz on his first interception, under-threw wide receiver Skyler Bell and it resulted in an interception for Nebraska defensive back Malcolm Hartzog.

Mertz was so bad in the first half, that Wisconsin coaches briefly discussed benching Mertz for backup quarterback Chase Wolf who recently returned from a torn meniscus in his right knee.

But Mertz rebounded in the second half to throw this touchdown pass to Skyler Bell.

Mertz also ran in for the go-ahead one-yard touchdown to solidify his clutch gene.

Wisconsin’s defense played well outside of a bust in coverage to give Nebraska wide receiver Trey Palmer an easy 19-yard touchdown but I want to address this Nick Herbig targeting.

REALLY

Targeting is the worst thing to happen to college football. I understand the letter of the law when it comes to targeting, but that’s a glancing blow to the helmet at most, and Thompson was going into his slide but he did try to pull up so at most that should have been an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The targeting rule has to change why does a player automatically get disqualified for playing football and who even knows what targeting is anymore because the offensive player changes his target zone or lowers his helmet so that helmet-to-helmet contact is inevitable. Herbig also got another 15-yard penalty for this.

A HIGH-FIVE ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

That was ridiculous but Herbig shouldn’t have been out on the field anyways because he was an ejected player but high-fiving someone without a helmet on shouldn’t have been called an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

NEXT GAME:

Minnesota| Saturday, November, 26| 2:30 p.m

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