Published Saturday, December 1, 2012 AT 10:09 PM / Updated at 10:11 PM
Third quarter: Wisconsin 63, Nebraska 17
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

We’ll keep it short, because that’s all this game deserves. If you’re still watching, you’re a Badger fan or you’re just REALLY bored on a Saturday night.

Three of the first eight plays for Wisconsin’s offense after halftime resulted in touchdowns — a 9-yarder by Montee Ball, a 57-yarder by Ball and a 68-yarder by James White. The Badgers now have 549 yards of total offense (449 on the ground), gaining 11.7 yards per play.

Just an ugly night for the Blackshirts.

Other observations are below…

>> Kenny Bell’s highlight-worthy block — he de-cleated Devin Smith with a perfectly legal hit — on a Jamal Turner touchdown reception was inexplicably flagged by an official (wiping out the score). The call was horrible. Bell’s post-block reaction — he walked away, perhaps instead of turning and running — may have influenced it. Or maybe the official just made a horrible terrible. … Either way, this player-safety movement, backed by good intentions, is hurting the sport.

>> Montee Ball’s stiff arm should be illegal. He got P.J. Smith with one back in September. He discarded Ciante Evans in similar fashion Saturday. After a disappointing start to the year, Ball’s rising up the NFL draft board by the day.

>> With about two minutes left in the third quarter, Nebraska forced a punt. Second of the game for Wisconsin.

>> Have to imagine that offensive coordinator Tim Beck will regrettably look back on the film and wonder what he could have done differently after Taylor Martinez’s long run. The Huskers had a nice drive that stalled inside the 20 — but their next four possessions resulted in three punts and a fumble (none went longer than two minutes).

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.