Cornelius Johnson caught each of Cade McNamara’s landing passes and No. 14 Michigan remained unbeaten Saturday with a 38-17 victory over Wisconsin, which misplaced beginning quarterback Graham Mertz to a chest damage.
Wisconsin (1-3, 0-2 Big Ten) trailed 13-10 and had the ball to start out the third quarter when Mertz was sacked by Daxton Hill on a third-and-9 play. Mertz and tight finish Jake Ferguson each went to the locker room with chest accidents after that play, and neither returned to the sport.
Once Mertz and Ferguson departed, Michigan scored 25 straight factors to place the sport out of attain.
The Wolverines (5-0, 2-0) gained at Madison for the primary time since 2001 by shutting down Wisconsin’s dashing assault, one thing Michigan had did not do the final couple of seasons. Michigan had misplaced in every of its final 5 journeys to Camp Randall Stadium.
McNamara went 17 of 28 for 197 yards. Highly touted freshman quarterback J.J. McCarthy additionally performed and had a 1-yard landing run plus a 56-yard landing move to Daylen Baldwin.
Mertz was 8 of 15 for 115 yards with a landing move to Chimere Dike earlier than getting harm. Chase Wolf changed Wolf and went 3 of 8 for 52 yards with an interception and a landing move to Clay Cufiff.
Michigan led 10-0 and outgained Wisconsin 122-minus-2 for the primary 20-plus minutes of the sport because the Badgers failed to finish a move or get a primary down on any of their first 4 possessions.
The Wolverines opened the scoring on a flea flicker that resulted in McNamara’s 34-yard landing move to Johnson. McNamara and Johnson related once more on a 13-yard rating within the fourth quarter.
Wisconsin obtained again within the sport by scoring on its final two possessions of the primary half. Mertz related with Dike on a 36-yard completion and an 18-yard landing on consecutive performs to get Michigan’s lead right down to 13-10 with seven seconds left within the first half.
But as soon as Mertz went down, the Badgers by no means threatened once more.
Wisconsin honored former coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez throughout a halftime ceremony. Alvarez stepped down as coach in 2005 and retired as athletic director earlier this year.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank introduced Friday that Camp Randall Stadium’s playing field will be named after Alvarez. The change takes impact subsequent season, making the taking part in subject “Barry Alvarez Field at Camp Randall Stadium.”
U.S. Ryder Cup caption and Madison native Steve Stricker was acknowledged throughout a first-quarter timeout. The U.S. team won back the Ryder Cup with a 19-9 rout of Europe at Whistling Straits, positioned simply exterior Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Michigan: The Wolverines had run the ball on 74% of their snaps this season heading into Saturday, however they modified their technique towards a Wisconsin run protection that ranked first within the nation. McNamara hadn’t thrown greater than 16 passes in any of Michigan’s first 4 video games. … The Wolverines confirmed loads of boldness in fourth-and-short conditions. They went 3 of 5 on fourth-down conversions, together with McCarthy’s landing run.
Wisconsin: After being ranked twelfth to start out the season, the Badgers have dropped three of 4 video games and now should fear about how quickly they’ll get Mertz or Ferguson again. Wisconsin has misplaced seven of its final 13 video games and has dropped eight straight to ranked groups. Mertz’s damage got here simply as he confirmed indicators of bouncing again from his four-interception efficiency final week in a 41-13 loss to Notre Dame. … The Badgers performed with out ordinary beginning middle Joe Tippmann, who was poked within the eye throughout pregame warmups.
Michigan: At Nebraska on Saturday.
Wisconsin: At Illinois on Saturday.
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