The University of Wisconsin football team might have won Saturday afternoon, but their victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes was fleeting.
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The Badgers started the game off on a sour note, with Iowa managing to score off of an interception from Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s arm. Joshua Jackson would see a lack of coverage on Hornibrook’s right side, catching the ball with ease and running for a 43-yard pick six.
All of the points that Iowa would manage to earn would actually be via Hornibrook, who seemed to be having an off game Saturday. The interception prone quarterback has been struggling with ball placement this season, but it really came to a head against Iowa.
Even with all of the mistakes made by the Badger offense, the defense managed to perform a miracle tonight. Not only did the defense manage to score a touchdown, but they also managed to hold back Iowa to only 66 yards.
It would be Leon Jacobs who would manage to make the determining play of the game during the second quarter of the game. Jacobs was behind the play when he noticed that the Iowa quarterback had been stepped of the ball.
Jacobs scooped down, making sure that his knees didn’t touch the ground, and proceeded to return the ball 21 yards for a Wisconsin touchdown. Jacobs’ return would allow the Badgers to finally pull ahead of the Hawkeyes, with a ten point margin separating the two teams.
The Wisconsin defense has been outstanding this season, managing to pull out impressive performance after impressive performance. Some worry there might come a time when the defense will not be able to make up for the offense’s mistakes.
Wisconsin is up for their largest test of the season next week against Michigan. While the defense is certainly capable of holding back Michigan’s offense, whether or not the offense will be able to outsmart the Wolverines defense remains a question.
With their victory against Iowa, the Badgers clinched the Big Ten West title for the season. The Badgers will face off against the Big Ten East champions at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 2nd.
38 Wisconsin Final Score Iowa 14
Chryst on Hornibrook’s struggle to place the ball well:
“Those are hard to overcome, and I thought he did a nice job of continuing to play and making some big throws. We need him, and he’s the first one that doesn’t want to do it. We just need to help him.”
Chryst on the decision to keep Hornibrook on the field:
“You always trying to find out how can you help [Hornibrook]. He’s certainly made a lot of really good plays, really big plays for us. There’s certainly a theme with the turnovers, and each one is a little difference. There’s a lot of really good things happening offensively, but when you have big turnovers, that makes it hard to overcome.”
Kendrick Pryor on getting his first (and second) goal of his career:
“We always talk about be ready for your name to be called. Just because [Quintez Cephus] is down we can still go out there and still make big plays. We just preach about being dominant in the receiver room.