Friday night marked Madison’s unofficial, citywide holiday — it was finally football season.Western Kentucky visited Camp Randall in the Badgers’ season opener, and it went about how you would expect.A lack of surprise meant consistent 10-yard pickups from the Badger receiving corps, the occasional inhuman run from Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor and a pass rush who made WKU’s offensive line work every snap.Taylor claimed the first score of the Badgers’ season, ditching the WKU defense for a 47-yard touchdown riddled with contact Taylor wisely chose to [email protected] ditches the WKU defense for a 47-yard TD and the official start to his Heisman Campaign pic.twitter.com/LyMlgPIlXD— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 1, 2018“He gave us a hell of a spark,” Head Coach Paul Chryst said.WKU’s offense was relatively inactive throughout the first quarter, converting only two first downs and accumulating 45 total yards compared to the Badgers’ 102. The Hilltoppers managed to sneak a few quarterback misdirections past the Badger defense, at one point running the play successfully three consecutive times.Aside from the brief spell of mental lapse, the Badger defense missed few tackles and got to ball carriers quickly, snuffing out any first-half WKU momentum.WKU three and out, Badger Defense taking form. pic.twitter.com/Lmoc9t9mTQ— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 1, 2018Midway through the second quarter, the offensive line, heralded for their consistency, had allowed two sacks. This is the same offensive line who averaged 1.5 sacks allowed per game in 2017.But just as the crowd began to get frustrated with the offensive line, they handedly smothered the WKU pass rush, giving way to a second Taylor touchdown, this time for 30 yards.“Cole [Van Lanen]’s had a good camp, he’s earned the right to play,” Chryst said.Scott Nelson, a freshman safety, was turning heads with four tackles and two pass breakups. His presence was especially noteworthy given the defensive holes left by safeties Natrell Jamerson and Joe Ferguson from last season.“He was flying around … he’ll certainly grow,” Chryst said.With less than two minutes remaining in the half, Alex Hornibrook decided to get in on the action, stringing together a 75-yard touchdown drive just before the halftime clock expired. Hornibrook went 5/7 during that drive, eventually finding wide receiver Kendric Pryor for a toe-tapping touchdown in the back of the end zone.“Alex [Hornibrook] made some great decisions,” Chryst said.At the half, the Badgers had a secure 24-point lead.The O-Line has had trouble freeing up inside gains, but that hasn’t mattered too much.And oh yeah, Jonathan Taylor is the best running back in the nation. He has 2 touchdowns, 100 yards and the unabashed love of the state of Wisconsin.— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 1, 2018Out of the locker room, Western Kentucky had finally had enough, shelling out 18 and 48-yard passing plays to sit comfortably on the 9-yard-line.They unfortunately forgot how good the Badger defense is, and would settle for a field goal after a sloppy red zone performance.Pryor would leave the game on a cart shortly after the third quarter began with an unspecified injury but gave the crowd a ‘thumbs up’ on his way out. The injury was reportedly just muscle cramps.Fans of the Western Kentucky rushing attack were less than pleased with Friday’s performance. WKU’s lead rusher was quarterback Drew Eckels, who had just 38 yards. WKU would record 98 total rush yards on the night spread out over nine rushers.Teams would trade turnovers. Wisconsin cornerback Faion Hicks caught a clutch interception as WKU began knocking on the door at the Wisconsin 3-yard-line. The successive drive would, unfortunately, end in a Jonathan Taylor fumble, the Badgers’ only turnover of the night.Ball security has been Taylor’s squeaky wheel.“No game is going to be perfect,” Chryst said.A 43-yard Garrett Groshek receiving touchdown on a Hornibrook dump-off extended the Badger lead to 31 and all but sealed the deal.34-3 is the final from Madison and the Badgers remain on pace for another undefeated regular season.
SUNLAND Mayvis Coyle, 82, was shuffling with her cane across busy Foothill Boulevard while a traffic police officer watched and waited. And watched and waited. Even before Coyle finished crossing the intersection at Woodward Avenue, he had scribbled a $114 ticket for crossing against a don’t-walk signal. “I entered the crosswalk, it was green,” said Coyle, of Sunland, who is fighting the infraction issued Feb. 15. “It turned red before I could get over. There he was, waiting, the motorcycle cop. The standard speed used for timing pedestrians is 4 feet per second. The Coyle incident “has brought to bear an issue that is relatively common,” Greuel said. “We should look at those areas with predominantly seniors and accommodate their needs in intersections.” The danger to pedestrians – particularly senior citizens – is acute, Los Angeles police say. Of the 94 pedestrians killed in the San Fernando Valley from 2003-05 while crossing the street, 31 were seniors. Sgt. Mike Zaboski of the Valley Traffic Division said he couldn’t comment on Coyle’s ticket, that it was her word against the officer who cited her – identified only as Officer Kelly – as to whether she entered the crosswalk on the green. “Right now, pedestrian accidents are above normal,” he said Friday. “We’re looking out for pedestrians – people who think they have carte blanche in crossing the street. “I’d rather not have angry pedestrians,” he said of those like Coyle. “But I’d rather have them be alive.” “It’s a safety concern,” added Jerry Baik, an assistant supervisor of trials for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, whose office prosecutes traffic infractions like Coyle’s. “It’s the officer’s observation … that she was acting in a dangerous way to herself as well as oncoming traffic.” Others besides Coyle, however, say signals on Foothill prompt a foot race to the other side. On Friday, students ran – not walked – to make the lights, measured at 20 seconds from green to red. “It sucks,” said Sara Johnson, 14, of Sunland, who had just scampered with friends across the crosswalk at Woodward. “When the light turns red, you can’t cross the street.” Chung Kim, manager of Jimmie Dean’s Charbroiled Burgers at Foothill and Woodward, has seen close calls. “Very hard to cross,” he said, watching the intersection from his grill, “because signal’s too short, the cars go so fast, every car over 45 miles per hour. It’s crazy.” Coyle, a Cherokee medicine woman who splits her time between Sunland and the mountains above Sedalia, Colo., has done everything to fight her ticket, including send letters to Greuel’s office. The octogenarian, who has no phone or car, said she was simply hefting her groceries home when she not only got trapped in a busy intersection but got a ticket from a cop to boot. “I think it’s completely outrageous,” said Coyle, wearing an Indian feather cap and homemade rock pendant. “I can’t walk without a stick and I lose my balance. “He treated me like a 6-year-old, like I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m in shock that somebody’s going to stop me on a green light while crossing the street.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“He said, `You’re obstructing the flow of traffic.”‘ Coyle and other seniors at Monte Vista Mobile Estates are up in arms over signals they say are too short to safely cross the five-lane boulevard. They say signals turn red before they can reach the opposite curb on Sunland-Tujunga’s busiest thoroughfare. They risk their lives each time they enter the crosswalk, they insist. At least one resident calls a cab just to cross the street. “I can go halfway, then the light changes,” said Edith Krause, 78, who uses an electric cart because she has difficulty walking. “I try my darndest to get to the other side without being killed.” So many seniors have complained about hasty intersections that Councilwoman Wendy Greuel asked transportation officials last week to study how to accommodate them.