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Friday, April 12, 2024


Aggressive approach against Nebraska allowed Jack Coan to beat the Cornhuskers through the air. 

Without a spark, Wisconsin's offense fails to get off the ground against Northwestern

Evanston, ILL — Spirits were high on the Wisconsin sideline after an Evan Bondoc interception set up an Alec Ingold 4-yard touchdown with eight minutes and four seconds left to play in the first quarter to give Wisconsin (3-2 Big Ten, 5-3 overall) a 7-0 lead. For the next three and a half quarters, Wisconsin’s offense treated fans to a sloppy, lethargic, and uninspired display of offense as they fell 31-17 to Northwestern (5-1, 5-3).

Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for three touchdowns in Wisconsin's 49-20 win against Illinois on Homecoming. 

Wisconsin takes advantage of wild weather to defeat Illinois 49-20 at Camp Randall

The No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 Big Ten, 5-2 overall) came into Saturday’s game with the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3, 3-4) without their top three safeties — D’Cota Dixon, Scott Nelson and Reggie Pearson — and without top defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. That proved to be no problem for the defense, as Jim Leonhard’s crew had five takeaways in the first half, leading to 21 points for the Badgers en route to a 49-20 win.

Turnovers have been an issue for junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook since he became a starter in 2016, and Illinois' secondary has shown the ability to change the game with a pick — or multiple — this season.

Ball-hawking Illinois secondary should look to exploit Hornibrook’s turnover-prone ways

Both the Badgers and the Illini will be heading into this week's match-up looking to redeem themselves from devastating Big Ten losses in week seven. In previous years, the Fighting Illini have struggled to compete against Wisconsin, but this year their improved defense will give them a better chance to make a stand at UW’s homecoming game. Illinois has the personnel to stop the Badgers’ passing game and force turnovers from Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook.

Illinois is averaging 229 yards per game on the ground in the 2018 season and already has more wins in 6 games than in the previous two seasons.

Illinois looking to climb out of Big Ten cellar with strong running, secondary

After a devastating blow of 38-13 from Michigan last weekend, Wisconsin looks to recover with a win as they prepare to face Illinois at home. The Badgers will host Illinois during homecoming weekend. In a similar manner, however, Illinois will also be entering this matchup coming off a significant loss of 46-7 against Purdue. Although the Fighting Illini are now 3-3, they still have the potential to battle with the Badgers.

Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook struggled against Michigan, throwing two interceptions during a 38-13 loss.

Badgers struggle to do anything right in road loss to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — “They’re a good team, so if we’re going to move the ball and be successful we gotta be on, we gotta be doing things well, and I don’t think we were today, so that’s why we didn’t have success,” junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook said. On Saturday night, Hornibrook and the Wisconsin Badgers (2-1 Big Ten, 4-2 Overall) didn’t do anything well, and certainly weren’t on, as they lost to the Michigan Wolverines (4-0, 6-1) 38-13.

Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook struggled against Michigan, throwing two interceptions during a 38-13 loss.

Michigan sends back the Badgers with an ugly 38-13 loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Before the kickoff, the energy around the “Big House” was palpable as Michigan fans and Wisconsin fans knew the significance of this game touted as a College Football Playoff elimination game between the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines and the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers.

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