Momentum swing after injury to Michigan's Peters? No, Wisconsin was just better

Nick Sanchez
Ноября 20, 2017

MI outgained Wisconsin in the first half, but also lost a fumble on the Badgers' 1-yard line and gave up a sloppy 50-yard punt return score in the first half.

The Badgers have been the better team than the Wolverines all year, and they did exactly what they needed to do in their most high-profile game of their season so far, as they seek to further eliminate doubts about their flawless record and playoff resume.

Ben Mason scored the Wolverines' lone touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. "That is where the game starts and that is where the game ends, with the defensive front".

No. 5 Wisconsin was challenged but ultimately had little trouble staying undefeated, beating No. 24 MI 24-10 at Camp Randall Stadium to confirm its status as a legitimate playoff contender.

Michigan is steaming over this failed TD drive with a controversial ruling
Momentum swing after injury to Michigan's Peters? No, Wisconsin was just better

Wisconsin jumped out to a two-goal lead early after Max Zimmer made it 2-0 at 11:17 of the first period.

The Badgers finished with 40 rushes for 182 yards, including a terrific 132-yard performance from star freshman Jonathan Taylor. Badgers freshman C Tyler Biadasz started against MI. Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook is not a running threat and UW is banged up at receiver.

After redshirting a year, Hornibrook turned in a solid freshman campaign with 1,262 yards and nine touchdowns to seven interceptions.

Hornibrook, who has accumulated 18 passing touchdowns and 2,006 yards this season, said his ability to shrug off mistakes and move on have been critical components of his game.

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The win for the Badgers was their fourth straight over the Wolverines in Madison. This play put the Badgers in the lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the last eight meetings between the teams, each school has won four times. The two teams could have reunited in the Big Ten championship game, but MI has yet to make it to Indianapolis.

The clear biggest matchup of a Saturday in college football lacking big games elsewhere offered few surprises. As long as he's healthy, the Wolverines should feel optimistic for the future with Peters leading a stacked roster. Then Jonathan Taylor found some open holes. Pass protection may be the final piece of the puzzle for Paul Chryst, as the Badgers can win a national championship if they protect Hornibrook better.

And, as a result, the Wolverines exited Camp Randall Stadium with their third loss of the year.

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