Michigan Dominates Against Wisconsin in 38-13 Victory

Michigan Dominates Against Wisconsin in 38-13 Victory

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Michigan Dominates Against Wisconsin in 38-13 Victory

This was a season-defining game for the Michigan Wolverines. A top 15 opponent at home to keep the playoff and conference championship hopes alive wasn’t going to be easy. Michigan was without star defensive end Rashan Gary but would see defensive linemen Carlo Kemp, Michael Dwumfour, and Aubrey Solomon all play as Kemp and Dwumfour left last week’s game early and Solomon hasn’t played since week one. Michigan was coming off the win over Maryland last week 42-21 and Wisconsin was coming off the bye week.

Wisconsin started the game with the ball and after one first down, end up punting it away. Michigan responds by driving down the field and missing a 41-yard field goal. The Wolverines defense would bend but not break and force Wisconsin to punt again to end the first quarter.

The second quarter started out with a bang as Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson ran the ball 81-yards and it would set up the touchdown run by running back Karan Higdon.

Wisconsin wouldn’t go away though and in just four plays for 71 yards, they respond with a 33-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Kendric Pryor and tie the game up at seven.

Back-to-back three and outs and Michigan would get going once again. A big 28-yard pass to tight end Nick Eubanks would help Michigan get in field goal range and this time, make a 42-yard field goal and take a 10-7 lead.

The first play on their next drive, Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook would throw an interception as it was tipped by cornerback David Long and caught by safety Josh Metellus. Michigan wouldn’t find the end zone and have to settle for a 33-yard field goal and take the 13-7 lead.

Wisconsin again couldn’t find much on offense and Michigan took over. A bad decision by Patterson as he was escaping pressure, didn’t see the Badger defender from behind as he was sacked and fumbled the ball. Michigan would end up attempting a 53-yard field goal but it would be no good as they took the 13-7 lead at halftime.

What started out as a three and out drive for the Michigan offense, extended on a holding penalty. Three plays later Michigan would punt, but a roughing the snapper penalty would get called and Michigan had a third chance at this opening drive in the third quarter and they made it count. Higdon would finally find success in running the ball and on a 25-yard run that would later set up a seven-yard touchdown run by Patterson and Michigan would get a two-point conversion on a pass to wide receiver Nico Collins and Michigan would be up 21-7.

Running the ball with the running backs wasn’t too successful for the Wolverines in the first half, but it turned around well once the second half was underway. Tonight, Higdon finished with 19 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown. The Wolverines also had success running the ball with Patterson who finished with nine carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Patterson played a wonderful game, finishing with 124 yards as he was 14/21 and while he had a few mistakes, the positives outweigh the negatives as Patterson made some big plays tonight when the offense needed him too. Harbaugh finally has his quarterback and in games like this, it shows.

Wisconsin would stall on their next drive and so would the Wolverines. The Badgers would get into Michigan territory on their next attempt, but end up short again and punt the ball away.

In the fourth quarter, Michigan would start with the ball and drive down the field and end up stalling inside Badgers territory but would walk away with three points as the 35-yard field goal attempt by Nordin was good and Michigan then took a 24-7 lead with under 12 minutes to play. Nordin finished 3/5 on the day, the longest make from 42 yards out.

On the next Wisconsin drive, Michigan would force Hornibrook to throw on third down and Hornibrook made another mistake, throwing a pick-six to Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill and Michigan took a 31-7 lead. Michigan held Hornibrook to go 7/20 for 100 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, along with three carries for -13 yards.

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Michigan forces another three and out would look to drain the clock as the victory was in their hands. They would bring in third-string running back Tru Wilson and backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey. On McCaffrey’s first play he would run it 44-yards and Michigan just kept pouring it on Wisconsin, now up 38-7.

Wisconsin still had fight left in them and on their final drive, Hornibrook would lead them down the field to score a touchdown, but they didn’t get the two-point conversion and Michigan would win 38-13.

Michigan would dominate this game overall, finishing with 444 total yards compared to Wisconsin’s 283. Wisconsin’s best player Jonathan Taylor had an impressive first half with 79 yards on 11 carries but finished with 101 yards on 17 carries as the Wolverines figured out how to stop him. The number one defense came to play tonight and after allowing that touchdown, they didn’t look back.

Michigan now must turn it’s attention to their in-state rival, Michigan State who is coming off a big win over No. 8 Penn State, which makes next week even more intense as the Spartans will look to knock off Michigan at home.

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