MI notes: Offensive line relapses vs. Badgers' No. 1 defense

MI notes: Offensive line relapses vs. Badgers' No. 1 defense

MI notes: Offensive line relapses vs. Badgers' No. 1 defense

College Gameday had wrapped up their morning telecast, there wasn't and empty seat at Camp Randall Stadium and the implications of the showdown couldn't be overstated.

Hornibrook's 24-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Taylor in the third quarter broke open a defensive slugfest, Kendric Pryor scored on an end-around and the Badgers beat No. 19 MI 24-10 on Saturday. Hornibrook has now thrown 12 interceptions in Big Ten play.

Wisconsin (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) stayed in the running for a berth in the College Football Playoff by knocking off a MI (8-3, 5-3) team that carried a three game winning streak into the game, but the Wolverines were the latest team to by stymied by the best defense in the country. The Wolverines rushed 37 times for 58 yards. MI got more bad news on its next drive when Peters was injured on a late hit and replaced by John O'Korn for the rest of the game.

That helped set up a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback Ben Mason to tie the game at 7.

From there, though, everything fell apart.

Hornibrook finished 9 of 19 for 143 yards, but bounced back from the turnover early in the third quarter with some of his best throws of the season.

Both defensive lines controlled the action following the break, with Mike McCray and T.J. Edwards trading sacks to end the opening drive for both teams. He would be carted off the field as the injury bug continued to plague the MI squad.

John Borton: Michigan has a chance to put a major step-forward stamp on a rebuild year. With a fantastic 24-10 victory, Wisconsin overcame their early struggles to defeat their biggest threat all year.

Since then, the Wolverines have been shut out in three trips, 2005, 2007 (the "Chad Henne noodle arm game") and 2009. This play put the Badgers in the lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

A scary situation occurred late in the third quarter for MI when Peters was tackled hard to the turf by Badgers junior linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. The offensive play won't be pretty on either side, and the defenses should dominate for much of the afternoon. At what felt like the last minute, Nelson scooped up the ball, slicing and dicing the MI special teams effort for a 50-yard score, putting up Wisconsin 7-0 and calming a tense Camp Randall crowd.

Elite Badger freshman running back Jonathan Taylor hasn't seen a defense like Michigan's this season, and the Wolverines will at least hold him in check.

The Wolverines have had their problems this season: youth, injuries, growing pains.

They Wisconsin players, of course, were referring to Michigan's matchup next Saturday against the hated Ohio State Buckeyes. He has his work cut out for him this week if he wants to put a "2" in the win column.

Harbaugh is 1-4 against his top rivals.

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