After a controversial call robbed Donovan Peoples-Jones of a touchdown catch, Brandon Peters made a major mistake on a fumble near the goal line, preserving a 7-0 lead for the Badgers. After picking up their premier first down conversion of the afternoon, a sloppy Hornibrook scramble resulted in the fourth straight punt of the morning. Last week, they held Iowa to 66 total yards. Wisconsin 20, MI 14. More importantly, how will Michigan's offensive line respond to Wisconsin's defensive line and vice versa? The teams traded scoring - and the lead - all through the quarter and Heneghan hit Hunter Hagdorn for a 49-yard touchdown and a 41-37 edge with 5:18 to play. That's the separation point between the two teams. However, Michigan would force a three and out and Wisconsin would head to the locker room tied at 7.
Two weeks ago, Wisconsin lost No. 1 wide receiver Quintez Cephus for the season to a right knee injury. Taylor's breadbasket to breathe life into a stale offense.
Immediately following an interception that allowed MI to take a lead late in the third quarter, a UW offense that had managed less than 100 total yards to that point produced four plays of more than 20 yards over two consecutive touchdown drives, leading the fifth-ranked Badgers to a 24-10 victory over the Wolverines and their first 11-0 start in program history. Brandon Peters #18 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass during the third quarter of a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. The sophomore lofted a ideal deep ball to A.J. Taylor for 51 yards on third-and-13, putting UW in the red zone for the first time.
MI did end up tying the game on its next possession, and it added a field goal after an Alex Hornibrook interception in the middle of the third quarter. This will be the most hard defense Wisconsin has faced this season, and Hornibrook had better be ready.
MI quarterback Brandon Peters went down hard on the ensuing MI drive after being hit as he threw. He was taken off the field on a cart. U-M started two drives in Wisconsin territory in the third quarter, another at its own 38, and managed seven yards on eight carries. He was replaced by senior John O'Korn. The Badgers finished with 182 rushing yards, led by Taylor's 132.
On the next drive, MI forced a third-and-8 when Hornibrook threw a fade to Danny Davis, who hauled in a 27-yard reception with one arm.
Little did they know, MI would also be playing against the referees. With a fantastic 24-10 victory, Wisconsin overcame their early struggles to defeat their biggest threat all year.