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


Wisconsin struggled on offense much of the first half, and its only points before halftime came on special teams, when Nick Nelson returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter. When he tripped I went and got it and the rest is history.

Wisconsin's prolific running game finally got going in the closing stages of the third, with Kendric Pryor tallying a 32-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers their biggest lead at 21-10 heading into the final quarter.

The Wisconsin rushing offense is formidable, especially with freshman Jonathan Taylor, who is averaging 7 yards per carry.

A number of Badgers are enjoying terrific seasons on both sides of the ball, but Hornibrook's improvement has been the biggest difference-maker in what could be a national championship campaign. Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns last week as the starter against Maryland.

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Hornibrook's touchdown pass went for 24 yards to A.J. Taylor. Wisconsin got the defensive challenge it expected from MI, but it proved to be the more complete team, and it got big throws in big moments down the stretch from Hornibrook to pull away and earn another convincing win. Other than a kick from MI, that was the end of the line for the Wolverines' score. Then Wisconsin woke up in the second and proved it was the better team. The Wolverines were looking to pick up their first big win of the season while the Badgers had the goal of remaining undefeated on the season. The next play, Peters took off running and lost a fumble at the one-yard line.

Wolverines QB Brandon Peters subsequently left the game after a hard hit on Michigan's next possession and was replaced by John O'Korn. As long as he's healthy, the Wolverines should feel optimistic for the future with Peters leading a stacked roster.

The win for the Badgers was their fourth straight over the Wolverines in Madison.

That being said, Wisconsin was excellent in run blocking against a fierce MI front, and the unit isn't exactly a major weakness. "That is where the game starts and that is where the game ends, with the defensive front".