The 8th ranked Wisconsin Badgers had opportunities but fell to the 4th ranked Michigan Wolverines 14-7 in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 7-0 lead, then had two chances to extend the lead but missed two straight makeable field goals. Then with the score tied 7-7, the Wolverines switched kickers and missed a third field goal try.
The Badgers evened the score in the 3rd quarter when quarterback Alex Hornibrook hit Dare Ogunbowale with a 17-yard touchdown pass.
The Badgers then had chances with the ball to take the lead but couldn’t get it done.
Michigan finally scored the go-ahead touchdown when quarterback Wilton Speight hit wide receiver Amara Darboh from 46 yards out.
The Badgers finished with just 71 rushing yards and a season-low 159 total yards. Alex Hornibrook struggled, finishing 9 of 25 for just 88 yards with a touchdown pass and three interceptions.
The Badgers converted just 4 of 15 third-down opportunities and lost for the first time this season.
Wisconsin’s defense played very well, but they were on the field for a long time and got little help from the Wisconsin offense.
The Badgers (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) will get a week off before hosting second-ranked Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) on October 15 at Camp Randall Stadium.