Nebraska’s defense suffered a horrendous start to the season, giving up more than 1,000 combined yards and 78 points to Arkansas State and Oregon. That total included 780 passing yards. Since, the Cornhuskers have allowed just 202 total yards and 120 passing yards per game. They’ve also allowed less than four yards per play in each of their last three games. Those games came against weak competition — Northern Illinois, Rutgers and Illinois — but they still serve as an encouraging sign for a team trying to turn around its slow start to the season. The Badgers have started slow offensively in three of their first four games, including last week’s 7-point first half against Northwestern. On the whole, though, UW ranks in the top 25 nationally in both total offense and rushing offense. Tight end Troy Fumagalli (above), who missed last week’s game against the Wildcats due to a left leg injury, is questionable to play at Nebraska. Even after sitting out last week, he leads the Badgers in catches (15), receiving yards (236) and receiving touchdowns (3).
EDGE | EVEN
KEY STAT | SCORING DEFENSE
Nebraska has gone seven quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown, totaling more than 115 minutes of game action. The Cornhuskers have allowed just two in the last 14 quarters.