Noticed: The absence of Baker Steinkuhler. Nebraska’s senior defensive tackle dominated the Badger offensive line in Lincoln. Without him Saturday, the Husker front four got steamrolled.
Peculiar play: Wisconsin attacked Nebraska in various ways in the first quarter. But the craziest was lining up seven players on the left hash — even though the ball was on the right hash. Protected by just one blocker, Curt Phillips took a shotgun snap and threw to Derek Watt for 10 yards.
Peculiar play II: The Badgers’ plan was magnificent, but no play call was better than a jet sweep handoff in the second quarter to Jared Abbrederis, who turned and threw back across the field to Phillips for 27 yards.
Bad call: A helmet-to-helmet personal foul on Daimion Stafford in the second quarter, after Phillips connected with Abbrederis for a first down. Stafford’s helmet didn’t even appear to hit Abbrederis’. And if it did, it was part of a routine tackle.
Bad call: Jamal Turner appeared to have a 55-yard touchdown in the third quarter, sprung by a crushing Kenny Bell block. But officials flagged Bell for unnecessary roughness. Five years ago, it would’ve been considered a great block. Now it’s outlawed.
Rave review: Bo Pelini had a horrible night. But when Bell was flagged for the block, wiping out Nebraska’s touchdown, Pelini could’ve gone off the rails and blistered an official. With a Badger lying injured on the turf, he kept his cool.