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GAME NOTES: No. 13 Wisconsin keeps Heartland Trophy in close win over No. 18 Iowa

Who said what about what following the B1G West matchup.

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  • Head coach Paul Chryst on Wisconsin’s two-point conversion stop, which sealed the victory following Iowa’s long touchdown.

“Football, it’s a game of emotions, right and you’re talking about a huge momentum-change and to be able to go up and it speaks volumes,” Chryst said. “And you look at who makes it, I think Chris (Orr) is the first one in, and that’s a big quarterback and I think EB (Eric Burrell) came in... it says a ton and it’s a quick swing right, it goes from hitting a big play, touchdown and you gotta get back at it and I think that’s the game in a nutshell, the game of football, you gotta play the next play, you get to play the next play, that was huge”

  • Chryst, when asked about Wisconsin rooting for Iowa next week, as Iowa plays Minnesota, who Wisconsin trails in the B1G West standings by two games.

“I’m gonna worry about us,” Chryst said.

  • Quintez Cephus on his two catches totaling 77 yards on a single drive, including a 27-yard touchdown to close out the drive.

“Anytime you can make some plays down the field in key moments for our team,” Cephus said. “Having a chance to make a play for our team, you want to take advantage of those opportunities.”

  • Zack Baun on what he saw on the two-point conversion.

“My vantage point was dropping in coverage, I was kind of away from the draw,” Baun said. “The collision Chris (Orr) had with that dude, really symbolizes what this rivalry is, it’s mano y mano, it’s strength on strength and Chris, Wisconsin won that one and we said the more physical team would win and that play itself, kind of resembled that.”

  • Chris Orr on the stop he and Eric Burrell made to keep Iowa from tying the game.

“When I hit him, I was looking at his legs and I’m like OK, just make sure he doesn’t keep going forward,” Orr said. “And I’m just hoping somebody comes up across because I didn’t want him to do the Brady like... just tap it over the goal line.

“Hoping somebody got him a little higher and stop the ball, and I just heard the crowd and I knew I was OK, and I knew we stopped him.”

  • Collin Larsh on having a similar look at the kick he made, compared to the one he missed earlier in the game.

“The first ball I hit really well, it’s just that if you hit the ball so pure, it tends to go right, when you’re a right-footed kicker,” Larsh said. “That ball (his missed field goal) went up straight and just kind of had a fade to it, almost like a knuckleball in pitching.”

  • Jack Coan on the timing of the jet sweep to Danny Davis III and whether they planned it the way it happened.

“Oh yeah... no it wasn’t, I was supposed to snap it a little earlier, but as long as it wasn’t behind him, it was good,” Coan said.

  • Danny Davis III on the timing of the jet sweep

“I was just trying to hit it, I knew he got the ball, so I think I grabbed it from him,” Davis said. “It’s pretty funny but with the jet, you gotta hit with speed, so I just tried to get around the corner and make a play.”

  • Jonathan Taylor on the offense’s ability to have such a good game running the ball.

“I think it was a good combination of the o-line and running backs being on the same page,” Taylor said. “I know I’ve talked about it in previous weeks of being able to be more patient and allow those guys to work up to the next level and I feel like we did a good job of doing that today.”

Game notes (courtesy UW Athletic Dept.)

  • Wisconsin scored its fourth straight win over Iowa and has now won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, dating to 2010.
  • Wisconsin ran for 300 yards, its most against Iowa since at least 2000. Iowa entered the game ranked eighth in the NCAA, allowing just 87.8 rushing yards per game.
  • UW held Iowa to just 2-for-9 on third down. Including the Hawkeyes’ last trip to Camp Randall Stadium in 2017, Iowa is now 2-for-22 on third down in its last two visits to Madison.
  • The Badgers dominated the time of possession by a margin of 37:24 to 22:36. UW entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in TOP.
  • Jonathan Taylor’s 250 rushing yards are the most ever by a Wisconsin player against Iowa, surpassing the previous record of 216 by Ron Dayne in 1999.
  • Taylor is the only player to rush for 250 yards against Iowa since at least 2000.
  • Taylor’s 36 and 42-yard runs in the 4th quarter marked the first runs of 20-plus yards allowed by Iowa this season.
  • Sophomore DE Matt Henningsen recorded his third sack of the season.