ANN ARBOR – No. 7-ranked Wisconsin jumped on Michigan early and often as the Badgers downed the Wolverines 48-28 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. Wisconsin outscored Michigan 24-0 in the games first half while rolling up almost 400 yards of offense in the stanza, then coasted to the 20-point win.
Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien completed 13-of-14 passes for 194 yards in the half, his lone miscue being a late James Rogers interception as the Badgers looked to put more points on the board, and finished the game 14-of-15 for 201 yards.
In place of injured running back John Clay, Wisconsin running backs Montee Ball and James White combined for 184 yards and three scores in the first half, then finished the game accounting for 354 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.
Wisconsin threw just two passes the entire second half.
In the second half the Wolverines pulled within 10 points on a pair of occasions with a 21-7 surge over the visitors in the third quarter. On Michigan's first drive of the half, Denard Robinson, who set a new NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season in the second half, connected with Darryl Stonum on a 24-yard touchdown toss down the right sideline to get Michigan on the board.
Minutes later, following a fumble by Badger receiver Isaac Anderson, Robinson rushed off left tackle from inside the Badgers five to make the score 24-14. On first down after the Badger turnover the Michigan quarterback again found Stonum deep, this time for 34 yards, to set the stage for the touchdown scramble.
Following the Michigan spurt the teams traded touchdowns to end the quarter. James White score his second touchdown of the contest, a 24-yard run inside the left tackle, to cap an 8-play 69-yard scoring drive that didn't include a single pass, then Robinson scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon on a quarterback keeper from 11 yards out. Robinson finished the contest with 121 yards rushing on 22 carries, plus completed 16-of-25 passes for 239 yards and two scores.
The fourth quarter saw the Badgers stretch the lead back to a commanding 20-point margin after a pair of Michigan miscues. Following Denard Robinson's second TD run the Wolverines attempted an onside kick. Michigan looked to have the inside track at recovering the football, but it squirted out to Badger up man Bradie Ewing. Wisconsin took advantage of the short field and scored in just seven plays.
Denard Robinson then threw his lone interception of the game, a pass deflected and then caught be Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, and Wisconsin added a field goal to make it 41-21.
Robinson then connected with Roy Roundtree on a 28-yard touchdown pass over the middle, but Wisconsin matched it with one final score in the final minutes.
With the loss the Wolverines fall to 7-4 on the season and 3-4 in Big 10 play. Michigan travels to Columbus, Ohio, next week to complete the regular season in the annual year end showdown with the Buckeyes.
UW Rolls Past UM 48-28
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