Wisconsin Prevails Against Hawkeyes 28-17
This Saturday felt different for the Wisconsin Badgers. After falling last week to a tough BYU team at home, it was time for the Badgers to learn from that loss and go into Iowa City and compete. Iowa is no easy team, especially when it is on their own turf. Showing that this win was impressive, Badgers jump to 15 in the polls. Wisconsin proved though that even with last weeks loss, hope for a successful season still lingers in the air.
Hornibrook Came To Play
With a disappointing performance last week, Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook brought his A game against the black and gold. Going 17 for 22 with 205 yards and three touchdowns, the senior quarterback saved the day. The inconsistencies of Hornibrook are always in question, but with a big game to start off conference play, he did not disappoint. The game came down to the wire, but when push came to shove, the Badgers throwing game ultimately gave the Badgers a W much needed.
Run Game Quiets Down
Running Back Jonathan Taylor may have not had a hand in the scoring plays, but with 25 carries for 113 yards, the running back made sure to progress the ball and give Hornibrook the chances he needed to make the big plays. When it came to the big plays, it seems that the Badgers have found their new targeted tight end. Jake Ferguson has stepped up and made an immediate impact on the field. He lead the team in recieving yards, with 58 and one touchdown. It adds a security to the offense know that he is on the field, ready to make the catch when the ball is thrown his way. Iowa’s three turnovers definitely helped Wisconsin in the long run, but getting the ball back only means so much if you can accomplish a score once it is in your hands and that is what the Badgers did.
Defense Overpowers Iowa
Although, Iowa scored 17 points, the Badger’s defense was too much for Nate Stanley and his crew to handle. As stated above, three turnovers can cost you a lot. With an interception from Senior linebacker T.J. Edwards to seal the victory, it just shows that both sides of the ball need to wreck havoc in order to add a victory to the schedule. This group is always one to fear, but going forward against big teams such as Penn State, they will need to be better, because there is no guarantee that this Hornibrook shows up every week from now on.
WIN, WIN, WIN
There may be areas to work on, but do not take this victory lightly. Iowa is a powerhouse even if they are not ranked. The oppose a threat at home to any team that steps on their field. Luckily, the Badgers stuck to their core and showed that they still belong as one of the nations better teams. Wisconsin can look back at this game and know that when their backs are against the wall, they can push back and show that they are not afraid. The tough part of the schedule is yet to come and in order to hopefully get back into the top 10 in the polls, there is only one thing to do and that is to win. Worrying about other teams and whether they are winning or not does nothing to help the Badgers. Focus on their game and putting it all on the field is all they can do and maybe in the end, it will be enough.
Offensive Player of the Game: QB Alex Hornibrook – 205 Yards, 3 TD
Defensive Player of the Game: LB T.J. Edwards – 5 Tackles, 1 INT