The No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers stayed undefeated and bolstered a College Football Playoff campaign with a home win over No. 24 Michigan Saturday.
The 24-10 win for the Badgers was sealed after the Wisconsin offense came alive in the second half. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor finished with 132 yards. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook bounced back from a first-half interception to finish 9 for 19 and 143 yards and a touchdown.
This matchup featured two of the Big Ten’s best defenses, but the Badgers' defense proved more stout. Michigan made it into the red zone often enough, recording 234 yards of total offense, but lacked the ability to finish and capitalize on opportunities. In the second quarter, quarterback Brandon Peters scrambled on third-and-goal from the 6-yard line and fumbled the ball as he reached out for the goal line.
Peters left the game with two minutes left in the third quarter with a head injury suffered after a brutal hit. Previous starter John O'Korn came in and played the rest of the game. Peters went 9 for 18 and 153 yards. O'Korn went 2 for 8 and 19 yards. The only touchdown for the Wolverines was scored by fullback Ben Mason in the first quarter.
Wisconsin improves to 11-0 with the win, and another win over a ranked opponent might sway the College Football Playoff committee, which ranked the Badgers No. 5 in the latest rankings. Michigan sinks to 8-3 with the loss and is most likely out of contention for the Big Ten East.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin
3:36 p.m.: FINAL: Wisconsin 24, Michigan 10. The Badgers improve to 11-0 thanks to a lockdown performance from the defense and a second half surge from the offense.
3:28 p.m.: The Badgers tack on a field goal, and now lead 24-10 with 2:25 left.
Badgers kick. And it's good! pic.twitter.com/GE9HjkmTTm— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 18, 2017
3:20 p.m.: Taylor rolls forward for a first down. The Badgers are slicing through the Michigan defense, and are inside the 30.
3:07 p.m.: The Michigan defense forces Wisconsin to punt. Michigan gets the ball on their own 13 for their next drive.
2:58 p.m.: Michigan fails to convert on third down. Wisconsin will take over on its own 2 after the punt. There is 13:17 left in the fourth quarter.
2:52 p.m.: Here's the touchdown that put the Badgers up 21-10.
2:44 p.m.: Touchdown, Wisconsin. The Badgers run a reverse, handing the ball to Kendric Pryor. Pryor rushes 32 yards for the touchdown. The Badgers lead, 21-10.
2:39 p.m.: Peters is out, at least for now, but it doesn't seem he will return. John O'Korn will come in for the Wolverines at quarterback.
2:37 p.m.: Peters is down with a head injury. Players on both sidelines have taken a knee as the trainers tend to Peters. He took a brutal hit and was slammed into the ground.
Looks like they're going to get the cart for Brandon Peters, who has been down for several minutes now.— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) November 18, 2017
2:36 p.m.: Here's a great view of that Wisconsin touchdown.
A.J. Taylor puts the Badgers back on top! pic.twitter.com/yVjURjqXLm— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 18, 2017
2:32 p.m.: Here is the interception that Devin Bush came up with earlier in the game.
Devin Bush eyeing the ball for the INT pic.twitter.com/TR2YqarWEq— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 18, 2017
2:30 p.m.: Touchdown, Wisconsin. Hornibrook throws a 24-yard touchdown pass and the Badgers are back in the lead, 14-10.
WHAT. A. THROW.— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 18, 2017
WHAT. A. CATCH.
Hornibrook 🏈➡️ TAYLOR 🙌 pic.twitter.com/dAbTjJ3J5D
2:30 p.m.: The Badgers are near the red zone, but facing third-and-16 now.
2:21 p.m.: Michigan makes the turnover count. Quinn Nordin makes a 39-yard field goal and the Wolverines lead, 10-7.
2:13 p.m.: Interception! Alex Hornibrook throws into some traffic down the middle and it's picked off by Devin Bush.
There's the Hornibrook interception. Came later than expected. Eight straight games with a pick.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 18, 2017
2:07 p.m.: The Michigan defense forced another three-and-out. The Wolverines take over inside Wisconsin territory for their next possession.
2:03 p.m.: Michigan couldn't get anything going offensively. Wisconsin will take over after the punt on its own 12.
1:57 p.m.: The Badgers punt.
6 Wisconsin possessions, 6 Wisconsin punts. 4 3&outs.— Kevin Goheen (@CincyGoGo) November 18, 2017
1:55 p.m.: The Badgers start the second half of offense from inside their own 20.
1:34 p.m.: HALFTIME: Wisconsin 7, Michigan 7. The Wolverines found success with their passing game, while the Wisconsin offense started to stagnate toward the end of the half.
1:31 p.m.: The Badgers punt, and the Wolverines will take over on their own 30. Only six seconds left in the half.
1:24 p.m.: Touchdown, Wolverines. Michigan levels it, 7-7, with a 1-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason. On that drive, Michigan went 84 yards in seven plays.
1:24 p.m.: Michigan is back on the Wisconsin 1-yard line.
1:21 p.m.: The Wolverines advance to the Wisconsin 35 with a great catch by Peoples-Jones. That's a 48-yard gain.
1:11 p.m.: Here's how Michigan came up empty-handed on their last drive.
1:06 p.m.: Oh my. Peters rolled left and tried to scramble. He was stopped well before the goal line, reached the ball out to try and score and fumbled. Wisconsin will get the ball on their own 3.
1:05 p.m.: After review, a Peters throw to Donovan Peoples-Jones is ruled incomplete. That call was confirmed by the review.
1:01 p.m.: Peters hits a receiver on the right for a huge gain. The Wolverines have first-and-goal at the 6.
12:52 p.m.: Here was the game's first score, a 50-yard punt return touchdown by Nick Nelson.
Nick. The Quick. Nelson. pic.twitter.com/8fFAs65SCK— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 18, 2017
12:51 p.m.: On third-and-1, Khalid Hill runs forward and picks up the first down.
12:47 p.m.: After the first quarter, the Badgers are on top 7-0 thanks to a 50-yard punt return touchdown.
12:42 p.m.: Here was the huge sack from earlier.
12:41 p.m.: Touchdown, Wisconsin. Nick Nelson returns a Michigan punt 50 yards for the touchdown.
TOUCHDOWN: Looked like Michigan's gunner slipped and Nick Nelson takes a line drive punt 50 yards to the house. Wisconsin takes an early 7-0 lead.— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) November 18, 2017
12:36 p.m.: On that drive, the Badgers failed to get inside Michigan territory. The Wolverines take over after the punt inside their own 15.
12:30 p.m.: Peters is emphatically sacked. That was a huge missed assignment by the Michigan offensive line. The Wolverines will punt.
DOOOOOOOOLEY!!!— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 18, 2017
HUGE SACK on third down! Loss of eight for Michigan! Wolverines forced to punt.
WIS 0, MICH 0 | 6:10 1Q pic.twitter.com/eAPFVhYKDm
12:27 p.m.: Michigan faces third-and-7.
Second timeout burned by Michigan with 7:03 left in the first quarter. Yikes.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 18, 2017
12:21 p.m.: Michigan took over after a three-and-out for Wisconsin.The Wolverines are in their own territory, finding some success moving the chains with the run game.
12:13 p.m.: Michigan fails to convert on third down and punts. The Badgers will take over on their own 20.
Peters 1-4 for 9 yards on that opening drive. Michigan will punt.— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) November 18, 2017
12:10 p.m.: The Wolverines are into Wisconsin territory on this drive.
12:06 p.m.: Michigan gets the ball first. The Wolverines will start on their own 25.
Wisconsin has won the coin toss and elected to defer. We will RECEIVE!! #GoBlue— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 18, 2017
11:54 a.m.: The weather in Madison looks dreary.
Twenty minutes to kickoff at Camp Randall pic.twitter.com/H8I3LaOOUW— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) November 18, 2017
11:44 a.m.: Kickoff approaches at Camp Randall Stadium.