Five Takeaways from Wisconsin's 37-15 Loss To Minnesota

Five Takeaways from Wisconsin's 37-15 Loss To Minnesota

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Five Takeaways from Wisconsin's 37-15 Loss To Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s 14-year winning streak over Minnesota is done, as the Badgers got outplayed on offense, defense and special teams in a shocking home loss to the Gophers. Here are five things that stood out from the press box.

1, Horni-broken

Cleared from the concussion protocol, Alex Hornibrook made his first start since Nov.3 and only his second start in November after dealing with a pair of concussions he’s suffered in the last month. As one might expect, Hornibrook showed signs of rust in the opening half before simply turning in a horrendous performance.

Hornibrook threw three interceptions and coughed up a fumble, three of those miscues coming in the second half when Wisconsin was trying to generate momentum for a comeback.

Although he completed 13 of 18 passes for 119 yards in the first half, a number of Hornibrook’s throws were off target and his decision to throw into triple coverage inside Minnesota’s 30 ended with the expected result, an interception that Minnesota returned to its own 42 and used to set up a touchdown. Even Hornibrook’s touchdown throw at the end of the first half was too high, as he was fortunate to be bailed out by every inch of Jake Ferguson’s 6-5 frame.

Hornibrook went 9-for-15 for 70 yards in the second half, as the Badgers only controlled the clock for 8 minutes, 20 seconds in the final half.

Hornibrook will likely start the bowl game, but the offseason will bring an interesting debate on who should start for Wisconsin in 2019.

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