Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
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No. 12 Michigan Romps No. 15 Wisconsin 38-13

No. 12 Michigan Romps No. 15 Wisconsin 38-13

On a Saturday when four Top 8 teams were upset, No. 12 MI made its case to climb into the Top 10.

Saturday night in a highly anticipated match-up between No. 12 University of MI and the No. 15 University of Wisconsin, the Badgers couldn't crack the code that was the Wolverine's top-ranked defense in the nation.

Senior running back Karan Higdon ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and a MI defense that entered the game No. 1 in the nation in yards allowed per game was dominant again.

The senior was 7 of 20 for 100 yards with one touchdown pass with 3:47 left. Yes, six (well eight if you include interceptions; those are completions when you really think about it). The others came on Wisconsin's scoring drive in the final minutes with the game completely out of reach. The Hoosiers (4-2, 1-2) hung with Ohio State into the fourth quarter on the road last week and feature a budding star in freshman running back Stevie Scott and a precision passer in Peyton Ramsey.

MI is favored by 10 points tonight...

The Badgers gave up the first turnover of the game on an ugly Hornibrook interception, and MI would come back for their second field goal in just 1:01 to extend their lead to 13-7. "He makes great plays with his feet and his arm". Yes, Wisconsin does have a pretty one-dimensional offense that relies heavily on the run, but MI was the first team that was able to contain Taylor throughout the game. Patterson wasn't going to let that happen on the next drive.

MI pulled away in the second half as Patterson ran 7 yards for a TD, Nordin kicked a 35-yard field goal and Lavert Hill returned an interception for a score. And sometimes, Patterson simply ran on his own after scrambling around.

Patterson, who finished with 90 yards on the ground, showed he is a more versatile player than some may think.

Coming off a 21 point win over Maryland, Michigan looked towards their toughest half of the season, starting with the Wisconsin Badgers.

History aside, there's plenty at stake for both of these teams. It will be deserved. This crossover game is huge for the Wolverines and Badgers.

Garbage time touchdowns from both sides brought the final score to 38-13 Michigan, Wisconsin faces IL next Saturday at Camp Randall. The Spartans improved to 4-2 with an upset over Penn State in Happy Valley.

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