Sep 1, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Mike Taylor (53) during the game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Northern Iowa 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Taylor Explains Defensive Breakdown Against Northern Iowa

Mike Taylor made no excuses for the blown coverage that allowed David Johnson to score his second long TD on a wheel route late in Saturday’s game against Northern Iowa. “I hesitated and he got too far in front of me and he scored a touchdown,” Taylor said. He elaborated, “Whenever you get a wheel route (and) you get a close split with a receiver like that, you always want to check and see if he’s trying to pick you. I just stayed on him too long and the (back) got out in front.”

The mistake allowed Northern Iowa to pull within striking distance, but thankfully the Badger defense was able to pull itself together on the final NIU drive and prevent the upset.

Taylor and the rest of the Badger defense know they have to minimize those mental errors or they will have a rough go of it against the tougher opponents they face later in the season. This Saturday they’ll face an Oregon State squad that doesn’t run much but does like to sling it, and has some legitimate weapons at WR and a fairly experienced QB at the helm.

There’s no question Taylor will be ready for the challenge coming off his bad day. His teammate Chris Borland said, “He’s been focused. He’s razor sharp. He’s a good leader. He took ownership of the mistake he made. He has rectified it. He’s working hard.”

The Badgers are 7 point favorites on the road Saturday against the Beavers.

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