Saturday, October 1, 2016

Halftime: No. 4 Michigan 7, No. 8 Wisconsin 0

                           Photo Credit: The Blueprint Michigan

On an overcast Saturday at Michigan Stadium, Wisconsin and Michigan went nip and tuck in the first half as every point was earned through will and determination.

In the battle of the young quarterbacks, sophomore Wilton Speight (10-of-19 passing, 100 yards) and freshman Alex Hornibrook (5-of-13, 64 yards) did not wow the stat sheet as neither player threw for a TD in the first half.

Hornibrook's streak of seven consecutive first down conversions on third down ended on Wisconsin's opening drive as cornerback Channing Stribling dropped a sure-handed interception for Michigan.

Wisconsin punted on its opening drive as Michigan produced on the next one as Chris Evans' 22-yard run and nine-yard reception helped set up Khalid Hill's one-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter open the scoring.

Up 7-0 and Hill's goal line presence in full effect again, Michigan's defense responded with a three and out as Wisconsin was forced to punt.

Despite Michigan getting to the Wisconsin 13-yard line, Kenny Allen's 31-yard field goal attempt went wide right as the score remained 7-0.

With another shot to even the score, Wisconsin failed to take advantage as Michigan defenders Ryan Glasgow and Taco Charlton came from the right edge and sacked Hornbook for an eight-yard less and forced a punt.

Allen missed his second field goal of the day from 43 yards out off the left goal post.

Wisconsin failed to capitalize on its next drive as Hornibrook botched the snap from the shotgun formation and recovered for eight-yard loss on third down.

Channing Stribling picked off Hornibrook's pass with 1:04 left in the first half, but Michigan punted with 14 seconds left and managed to run the time down as it clings to a shutout effort on Wisconsin.

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