By Cynthia Germain
The Wisconsin Badgers snapped the winning streak of the Nebraska Huskers with a 38-17 win on Saturday evening, gaining the Freedom Trophy. The Badgers scored first and remained on top in the first quarter, but an active second quarter brought the Husker’s within a touchdown going into the second half. Nebraska’s Aaron Williams returned an interception early in the third quarter to tie it up. Wisconsin went the running game, scoring again in the third quarter and wrapping up the last quarter with two more touchdowns. Notable in the game was freshman Jonathan Taylor with a season-high 249 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The first matchup between these two teams was back in 1901 but they did not play each other again for 64 years. The rivalry then heated up over time leading up to the Big 10 Championship Game in 2012 with the Cornhuskers posting the second-largest comeback in program history to defeat the Badges. In 2014, the athletic departments of both universities announced the two teams would play for newly created Freedom Trophy, thus cementing the new rivalry status. The trophy itself is made of bronze and features images of both teams’ football stadiums with an American flag in the center. Half of the stadiums exterior is the East side of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium and the other half is the North section of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. The trophy is mounted onto a wooden base where future game scores will be inscribed.