By Tim Kowols
The Wisconsin Badgers showed a primetime Friday crowd why they are a top-10 team in the country with a 34-3 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The defense was able to make up for a slow start on the offensive side of the ball, giving up just a trio of first downs on 79 yards of total offense to the Hilltoppers. Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor scored twice on over 100 yards rushing in the final 22 minutes of the first half to give the Badgers a healthy cushion heading into the break. Taylor would finish the game with 145 yards. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook overcame his own sluggish start and finished the evening with over 250 yards passing and a pair of touchdown passes. A third-quarter field goal would be the only points the Hilltoppers would muster in the lopsided contest. The Badgers will next host New Mexico in Madison for an 11 a.m. Saturday start.