Before a 30-6 rout of the Michigan State Spartans, the Badgers had questions at quarterback, injury question marks at running back, and injury question marks on the offensive line; but the Badgers only needed one answer to these questions on Saturday.
That answer is that this team is a direct reflection of their head coach Paul Chryst; no matter who lines up for the Badgers they are going to be ready to play and will lean on one of the top defensives in all of college football.
The turning point in the 30-6 road victory was early in the second half. After Michigan State gained possession at midfield, trailing 13-6, Spartans running back LJ Scott fumbled into the hands of Leo Musso who returned it 66 yards for a Badgers touchdown.
The Badgers continued to pull away as kicker Andrew Endicott nailed a 41-yard field goal after showing inconsistencies on extra points earlier in the game. Moments later, Wisconsin capitalized on a fumbled snap deep in Michigan State territory. Corey Clement scored his second touchdown of the day from five yards out to extend the Badgers lead to 30-6.
The Wisconsin defense continued to make plays throughout the game as they forced four Spartans turnovers including interceptions by Sojourn Shelton, Derrick Tindal, and T.J. Edwards. The Badgers rush defense was stout as they allowed 75 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
Wisconsin also had four sacks on the game including 2.5 sacks by T.J. Watt and 12 QB pressures by Vince Biegel.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook provided the offensive attack in the first half to help the Badgers bring a 13-6 lead into the break. Hornibrook threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Eric Steffes to give Wisconsin a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter. Alex continuously moved the chains on third down with passes to a wide variety of wide receivers as the freshman finished 16-for 26 with 195 yards, a touchdown, interception, and fumble.
The Badgers rushing attack was held in check for most of the day but Clement was able to finish the game with 23 carries for 54 yards and two touchdowns. While senior Dare Ogunbowale had some success with 55 yards on nine carries.
Through the air Wisconsin was led by Jazz Peavy, who finished the game with four receptions and 96 yards.
Up next, the Badgers travel to the Big House to take on #4 Michigan.