Michigan vs. Wisconsin Highlights: No. 13 Badgers dominate, make Big Ten statement | CBS Sports HQ
Consider this a message sent. No. 13 Wisconsin dominated No. 11 Michigan on Saturday, beating the Wolverines 35-14. The game was every bit the blowout that the score suggests as Wisconsin went 75 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive of the game and never took its foot off the gas in jumping ahead 35-0 before allowing a couple of late touchdowns.
Wisconsin put together a mix of efficiency, aggressiveness and brutality that set the tone for the entire afternoon. The Badgers went for it on a fourth down on their first possession and did so twice more during the game. They converted every single time as Michigan’s defense looked helpless. Whether it was Heisman Trophy hopeful Jonathan Taylor, the burly Garrett Groshek or even Jack Coan, the Badgers were able to get whatever they wanted in the ground game.
Taylor, who missed a large portion of the first half while dealing with cramps, still managed to finish with 203 yards rushing and two touchdowns. It was likely a 72-yard touchdown run that led to the cramps. As a team, Wisconsin averaged 6.4 yards per carry.
On defense, the Badgers swarmed and choked the life out of the Michigan offense early. The Wolverines offense averaged 5.1 yards per play on the day, but those numbers are misleading. Michigan’s first play on offense in the game covered 68 yards, and there were some plays made late in the game when the outcome had been decided. Between then, it was a whole lot of nothing, which is accurately reflected in the 2.0 yards per carry the Wolverines averaged on the ground.
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