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Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Alex Hornbook is looking to put his prior struggles against Nebraska behind him and improve his performance against Purdue this weekend. 

Hornibrook learning to respond to failures, looks to improve play against Purdue

Alex Hornibrook is not the same quarterback he was a year ago. While he still has improvements to make, as evidenced by the costly interception he threw last Saturday versus Nebraska, there’s certainly a difference between the nervous redshirt freshman that played last season and the sophomore currently starting for the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 5-0 overall). “He’s a little quicker with his reads,” said senior tight end Troy Fumagalli.

Jonathan Taylor

Big-play Badgers overcome own sloppiness in 38-17 win over Nebraska

The No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 5-0 overall) are known as a slow-and-steady to win the race kind of team, but they needed a little bit more hare than tortoise in their 38-17 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1, 3-3). It was more from necessity than by choice, though, as the Badgers started off slow and sloppy on both sides of the ball, an all too common trend this season from the leaders of the Big Ten West. Defensively, UW allowed Nebraska to march down the field on its opening drive until Wisconsin had its back against the wall in its own red zone.

The injury to Chikwe Obasih has opened the door, allowing Isaiahh Loudermilk to receive more snaps.

Not in Kansas anymore: Loudermilk's unique journey to UW starting to pay off

Isaiahh Loudermilk never expected to be here. Not when he was a tall second grader in Chris Haag’s physical education class. Not when he was cutting his teeth playing football at the junior high level. And not even when he starred for West Elk High School when his massive frame and ability started to bring attention to tiny Howard, Kan. No, playing Big Ten football and earning a sack in front of thousands of adulating fans, as he did this past Saturday versus Northwestern, was never part of Loudermilk’s agenda. But that is his reality now. “I wasn’t really planning, when I first started playing football, to get offers or anything like that,” Loudermilk said.

Natrell Jamerson has moved over to safety for the first time in his career at UW. 

Playing at a new position, Jamerson making an impact in yet another way

Against Northwestern, in just his fourth-ever start at safety for the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 4-0 overall), senior Natrell Jamerson recorded his first career interception in the second quarter. He would grab interception number two a couple of hours later, this time managing to stay upright for longer as he rumbled for a 36-yard touchdown, effectively ending the game. “I knew as soon as he got the ball to him he was gone,” said redshirt junior inside linebacker T.J Edwards of his teammate’s return.

Wisconsin's defense sacked Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson eight times in the Badgers' win over the Wildcats.

Wisconsin survives late push from Northwestern

With just over a minute to play at Camp Randall Stadium, over 80,000 raucous Wisconsin fans watched nervously as Northwestern began a drive from its own 2-yard line, the first of any such late-game drama for the Badgers this season. There were surely flashbacks to UW’s losses to the Wildcats in 2014 and 2015, and collective groans around the stadium as Wisconsin watched a 21-point lead dwindle to just seven. But after a safety forced by senior safety D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin (1-0 Big Ten, 4-0 overall) eventually triumphed 33-24 over Northwestern (0-1, 2-2) Saturday, as the Badgers made various self-inflicted mistakes, but also got some significant late-game experience. “It was definitely nice,” Dooley said of the game’s squeaky finish.

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