Five Takeaways From Wisconsin’s 38-13 Loss At Michigan

Five Takeaways From Wisconsin’s 38-13 Loss At Michigan

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Five Takeaways From Wisconsin’s 38-13 Loss At Michigan

1, Nonexistent Passing Game

Seven for 20 in the biggest game of the year? That’s pathetic. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook was hesitant and inaccurate all night. Credit Michigan for putting pressure on Hornibrook when he dropped back to pass, but he simply must be better than what he displayed on Saturday night. When the Badgers were trying to muster something down 24-7 in the fourth quarter, Hornibrook misses a wide-open tight end in the flat and throws a pick-six to effectively end the game. Hornibrook collected some garbage time yards late in the fourth quarter to bolster his stats, but anyone who watched this game understood how poor of a performance this was.

2, Turnover Battle

An important factor of winning conference games on the road is creating turnovers. The opponent who creates the most turnovers more than likely will come out on top. That theme rang true with Michigan forcing two big turnovers that turned into 10 points. Wisconsin didn’t force any miscues and missed opportunities to do so.

3, Getting Beat at Their Own Game

Wisconsin’s typical recipe for success includes controlling time of possession, running the football, and playing tough defense. Michigan outperformed the Badgers in all three of those categories. Michigan outgained Wisconsin on the ground 320-183. They controlled the clock by a total of 14 more minutes. Michigan’s defense held UW to only 13 points, which rarely happens to Wisconsin.

4, Shea Magic

Quarterback Shea Patterson lived up to the hype in a big game for Michigan. He was poised, limited mistakes and had a couple big plays with his feet sprinkled into an efficient Wolverine offensive attack. Patterson finished the night with 124 passing yard passing and 90 rushing yards, including an 81-yard run in the first half that set up the Wolverines’ first score. The quarterback play in this game was about as one-sided as it gets and all the credit to Patterson.

5, What Now for Wisconsin?

After falling to 4-2 on the year and potentially out of the top 25, what is next for this Wisconsin team? The Badgers should bounce back next week at home against a bad Illinois team but then what will happen when UW goes on the road to Northwestern or Penn State? For a team that at one point had national title hopes, there has to be some looking in the mirror after getting thoroughly manhandled.

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