Freshman Tailback Bralon Allen added another chapter to the rookie special season, driving the University of Wisconsin soccer team to a 35-28 win over Nebraska.
Badgers # 19 (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) entered the game with the nation’s best defense in terms of allowed yards, but this unit has been battling the Nebraska attack all day. Allen, a 17-year-old from Fondation du Lac, made history with 228 yards with three touchdowns against the Kornhskers (3-8, 1-7), including a 53 yard run in the fourth quarter, which was the winning score.
UW’s defense halted the final transmission of Nebraska, despite the Kornhuskers reaching 11th place in the series. The win marked UW’s seventh straight win, marking coach Paul Christ’s second longest winning streak since he took over the program in 2015.
The Badgers have won eight consecutive victories over the Huskers, retaining the Freedom Trophy.
Ending the home schedule with a win over Nebraska probably won’t push the Badgers too much into the college football playoffs (No. 15) or in the Associated Press polls (No. 19). But if teams lose, as they did last week when UW climbed three spots in the CFP, UW could rise again.
The battle for Paul Bunyan’s ax in Minnesota next week will put more at stake than just rivalry. Minnesota beat Indiana on Saturday, keeping the game in the West’s Big Ten. The Badgers can win the West and punch their ticket to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game by beating the Gophers. If Iowa loses to Nebraska on Friday, the Gophers will win and lose as well.