MADISON, Wis. – Jonathan Taylor rushed for two touchdowns, Wisconsin's defense posted its fourth shutout of the season and the No. 8 Badgers cruised to a 38-0 win over Michigan State on Saturday.
The Spartans' defense held Taylor to 80 yards on 26 carries, marking the first time this season the Heisman Trophy hopeful was held under 100.
But Michigan State (4-3, 2-2) was held to 149 yards and couldn't find any rhythm as the Badgers dominated time of possession 39:10 to 20:50.
Jack Coan completed his first seven passes for Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0) and finished 18 of 21 for 180 yards and a touchdown to win his eighth straight start since last season.
Brian Lewerke was seven of 16 for 53 yards and an interception and sacked twice before getting pulled in the fourth quarter for backup Rocky Lombardi. Lombardi was picked off by Rachad Wildgoose in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout for Wisconsin.
"It was very important. We take pride in that," Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Orr said. "I feel like it just shows everybody how dominant our defense is. Whenever you can shut out anybody, it's obviously a dominant display on defense. We take pride in that, for real."
The Badgers last had four shutouts in 1930, when they had five.
Wisconsin did not score a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time this season. Taylor had scored touchdowns on the Badgers' opening possession in five straight games.
Taylor scored from a yard out, Coan threw a 19-yard touchdown to Quintez Cephus and Collin Larsh kicked a 29-yard field goal to put the Badgers ahead 17-0 at the half.
Michigan State had the ball for less than 7 minutes in the first half and managed just one first down and 38 total yards the first two quarters.
The Spartans got a little momentum when Tyriq Thompson ran for 20 yards and a first down on a fake punt on Michigan State's first drive of the second half. But back-to-back sacks forced yet another Spartans punt.
Taylor opened the fourth with his second touchdown, a 1-yarder than made it 24-0.
Zack Baun picked off Lewerke and returned it 34 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.