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Taylor named weekly conference top offensive player, again

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor didn’t skip a beat on Saturday in a 48-0 home win against Kent State. Taylor’s five touchdowns earned him the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week honor for third time this season and seventh time of his career.

Taylor matched a single-game school record with five total touchdowns, becoming the first Badger to reach that mark since Melvin Gordon in 2014 and the first Big Ten standout with five touchdowns since Saquon Barkley in 2016.

“It’s special. If you look at the guys in the Big Ten Rondale Moore, Anthony McFarland, Justin Fields, you have guys in the Big Ten who are crazy talented that make a lot of plays,” Taylor said to the media Monday morning. “To be honored as the Big Ten Player of the Week, it’s always special in this conference.”

Taylor carried the ball 19 times for 186 yards and four rushing touchdowns, moving into third place on Wisconsin’s all-time rushing list with 4,916 career yards passing Gordon. Taylor also had three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in the win.

The No. 8 Badgers will host Michigan State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m on the Big Ten Network.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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