Michigan outlasts Wisconsin in pivotal Big Ten clash


The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers just didn’t have enough firepower to avoid be extinguished by the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines. Both defenses came to play in this game and between them there were a total of three scores as Michigan came out on top, 14-7.

Michigan led in every statistical category, including the one that mattered when the clock expired.

Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook did not play well by any metric that can be found. He completed only 36 percent of his passes for only 88 yards and threw three interceptions. The Badgers quarterback looked like he was in over his head, which is fair to say considering he was playing in high school this time last year.

Michigan’s defense was unlike anything he’d faced to this point, but the experience he gained in this game is invaluable.

If Wisconsin’s defense can continue to play at this level and Hornibrook develops into the leader that Wisconsin expects him to be, there is reason to believe they can compete for a National Championship in the near future.

Wisconsin’s legitimate hopes of a comeback ended on an incredible interception.

Michigan played an underwhelming game overall. They passed the ball well enough, ran the ball decently and committed only one turnover. However, they seemed to lack the killer instinct required to put away a team like Wisconsin.

The Wolverines were unable to turn any of the three Hornibrook interceptions into points and, if playing an opponent with a more high-powered offense, may very well have lost this game. They did enough to not lose, but it’s difficult to say they went out and won todays game. Given that they were playing in front of 100,000+ fans, you’d expect a more inspired effort.

Wisconsin is on a bye, then will host Ohio State on October 15th. Michigan gets Rutgers next week.

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