By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
It was not a pretty site in Madison Saturday.
The Michigan football team lost a very winnable game to the Wisconsin Badgers 24-10. The Wolverines fall to 8-3 and lose out on any Big Ten Championship dreams.
The Michigan team seemed to just deflate in the third quarter when redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters was leveled after he threw the ball and slammed into the ground. Peters was not moving on the field for a long period of time. Peters had to be carted off the field and later walked to the waiting ambulance for observation at a nearby medical facility.
The Michigan team that was hanging tough to this point seemed to have all the wind taken out of their sails and just could not complete a pass. Quarterback John O’Korn completed two passes for 19 yards in relief of Peters.
Peters had the offense humming with his best throwing performance of the year throwing for 157 yards on nine completions, and being sacked twice. The Wolverines behind Peters were playing in Madison, Wisconsin and trying to play spoiler for the unbeaten Badgers. The Wolverines have not won since 2006 against ranked opponents on the road.
Freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones had a good day catching four passes for 64 yards. He also had an early touchdown catch waived off negating a touchdown. Tight end Zach Gentry caught a pass for 35 yards becoming the second highest pass catcher for the Wolverines Saturday.
The running game for the Wolverines was almost nonexistent with the running backs gaining only 58 yards. Ben Mason scored the lone touchdown for the Wolverines. Chris Evans gained 25 yards on the ground with Karan Higdon adding only 20 yards of his own.
Wisconsin’s Alex Hornibrook had 143 yards on nine completions. He also had a touchdown, an interception, and allowed three sacks. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries leading the Badgers Saturday.
The Wolverines return to the Big House Saturday as they welcome in the surging Ohio State Buckeyes for the final home game of the season at noon eastern. It is also senior day as Michigan says thank you and bid all the seniors good luck in the future.