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MADISON, Wis. -- Russell Wilson had eluded pressure and turned upfield. If only he could somehow get past one Nebraska defender, the Wisconsin quarterback would be able to cover a lot of green space.

Not a problem. All it took was one juke.

There's no telling what all Sean Fisher left on the field around the Nebraska 40-yard line.

That's roughly where Wilson made his one-on-one move on the Nebraska linebacker that drew rave reviews from the Camp Randall Stadium crowd of 81,384.

Wilson gained 21 yards on the first-quarter play, spurring the Badgers on a game-tying touchdown drive.

And we haven't begun to describe what he did with his arm.

In short, the senior transfer is a large reason why Nebraska's Big Ten Conference opener got ugly.

Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17.

Wilson threw for 233 of his 255 yards in the first half, when Wisconsin scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to forge ahead for good.

"If there's a better player in college football right now, I'd like to see it," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said.

Wilson was 14-of-20 passing, attempting only four passes in the second half, when the Badgers proved they could run the ball just as effectively as they could throw it.

As advertised, Wilson was mobile, elusive and deadly accurate.

Among his most impressive plays came when he rolled out on first-and-10 from the Wisconsin 23-yard line and delivered a strike downfield to Nick Toon, who was covered by both Ciante Evans and Daimion Stafford.

Toon made the grab between the defenders for a 38-yard completion.

Wilson then hit Jared Abbrederis on a 14-yard slant and located tight end Jacob Pedersen over the middle for a 28-yard gain.

That all helped Wisconsin score a touchdown to pull to 14-13.

"Russell throws the ball on the move about as well as he does in the pocket, right or left," Bielema said.

Wilson was 6-for-6 passing on third down, converting all six into first downs. He also had a 16-yard run on a third-and-5 play.

"He hurt us with his feet and his arm," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "He did a good job."

Nebraska did rattle Wilson early. Lavonte David blitzed and sacked Wilson on Wisconsin's first and fourth possessions; the latter was Nebraska's only forced three-and-out.

But mostly, the ever-poised quarterback looked effortless, whether it be faking handoffs and running loose on rollouts, or firing strikes downfield.

Like his 46-yard touchdown pass to Toon, who'd gotten behind a group of defensive backs inside the Nebraska 10 and scored with 32 seconds left in the first half.

That made the score 27-14, and Wisconsin was able to give Wilson's arm a break in the second half.

Wilson scored the Badgers' first touchdown of the third quarter -- after Nebraska's third turnover, and after Wisconsin had put the ball in the hands of running backs Montee Ball and James White for six straight plays.

Wilson executed a perfect fake handoff, froze the defense and took off toward a vacant left side of the field, scoring easily from 10 yards. He finished with 32 yards rushing on six carries

That wasn't the first well-executed fake by Wilson. Earlier, on third-and-2, he faked a pitch left, then rolled right and hit Abbrederis in stride for a 36-yard touchdown and 20-14 lead with 2:03 remaining in the first half.

Reach Brian Rosenthal at 402-473-7436 or brosenthal@journalstar.com. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBR.