How to Watch Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Emilio Banks
November 20, 2017

On Saturday, Michigan squared off against Wisconsin in a meaningful game for both teams.

Peters had completed nine of 18 passes for 157 yards before being replaced by John O'Korn. The last time MI travelled to Wisconsin in 2009, quarterback Scott Tolzien led the Badgers with five all-purpose touchdowns en route to a 45-24 blowout victory.

Meanwhile, Michigan, and Peters, had become a sitting duck on offense.

Going into Saturday, O'Korn had played in six games this year, throwing for 742 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions while completing 55.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 103.1.

Donovan Peoples-Jones' catch in the end zone ruled out of bounds.

Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook hit a 51-yard third down strike to A.J. Taylor that set up another long third-down throw, a 24-yard touchdown strike - again to Taylor - to put the Badgers back in front with 3:31 to go.

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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. Take care of business against rival Minnesota next week, and a playoff bid will be on the line when Wisconsin goes to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game.

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

Notably, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor broke off a 52-yard run, bringing him to 108 yards on 16 carries. Badgers freshman C Tyler Biadasz started against MI.

While Hornibrook's numbers against MI don't jump off the page, he came up with a couple of huge throws in key situations to lead the Badgers to a win. Peters' freshman-like play trying to stretch for a touchdown, several yards short, and fumbling the football away.

MI should be loaded elsewhere on the roster, particularly on defense, and Peters will have a star young receiver in Peoples-Jones to throw too.

The miscues aren't ideal, but Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's confidence hasn't wavered in the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback. Then Jonathan Taylor found some open holes. However, the matchup against Wisconsin was only his third start of the year. Hornibrook was under constant pressure and sacked three times, all of which killed promising drives for the Badgers.

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