Third-quarter surge carries Wisconsin past Michigan in its stiffest test to date

From ESPN - November 18, 2017

MADISON, Wis. -- For a team that has earned its reputation as reliable and boring this year, No. 5 Wisconsin sure can flip a game in a hurry.

The Badgers' undefeated season and College Football Playoff bid appeared to be in doubt in the second half of a Saturday slogfest against Michigan's talented defense. Then two touchdowns in the final 3:31 of the third quarter changed that, and propelled Wisconsin to a 24-10 vindicating victory.

Things turned on a dime at Camp Randall Stadium, more specifically a dime of a throw from quarterback Alex Hornibrook. The redshirt sophomore dropped a 51-yarder into A.J. Taylor's breadbasket to breathe life into a stale offense. Three plays later Hornibrook stepped into another pass to Taylor, this one a 24-yard dart to the end zone on third down that put the Badgers ahead for good.

Hornibrook (9-for-19, 143 yards) was far from perfect Saturday, but just like the previous 10 games, he did enough to win. Wisconsin's offense had minus-7 yards in the second half prior to that game-changing drive. His two connections with Taylor came on the heels of a three-and-out and an interception that set Michigan up to take the lead. Wolverines kicker Quinn Nordin connected from 39 yards after a Devin Bush interception, but that was the end of what was looking like a promising day for a young Michigan team that has yet to beat an opponent with a winning record.

Brandon Peters, the redshirt freshman quarterback who had provided some optimism for Michigan's offense in November, left the game on the following series. He was hit hard by Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel after releasing a third-down pass and needed to be carted off the field.


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