Badgers Beat Up Wolverines 37-21

No. 13 Michigan had one last tune up for the Ohio State Buckeyes earlier this afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Michigan quarterbacks were intercepted four times as both the offense and defense struggled in a 37-21 loss in the Wolverines final road game of the season.

MADISON, Wis. -- After all the talking, both Mike Hart and Chad Henne missed the majority of the Wolverines final tune up of the season before the big showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes. That didn't work out too well for the Maize and Blue.

After falling behind 17-0 near the middle point of the second quarter, and 20-7 after three, a furious Michigan rally that included a school record 97-yard touchdown catch by Mario Manningham came up short as the Badgers defense stiffened in the games final five minutes as Wisconsin gave the Wolverines their first Big 10 loss by the tune of 37-21 on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.

Ryan Mallett finished the game just 11-of-36 passing with two interceptions to accompany his two scores. Starter Chad Henne finished 3-of-5 with an interception before leaving the game with discomfort in his dislocated right shoulder.

Wisconsin went up 7-0 after a pair of 15-yard penalties called on Shawn Crable kept alive a Badger drive thta would have been killed with a Jamar Adams interception.

Getting a second chance with the football, Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan made it count by connecting with tight end Travis Beckum from 10 yards out.

After adding a field goal to open the second quarter, the Badgers lead swelled to 17-0 on a 2-yard run by Donovan. Donovan's scramble capped a seven play 59-yard scoring drive for the Badgers.

On the Wolverines ensuing possession, the Maize and Blue scored their only points of the first half on a 12-yard pass from Mallett to Mario Manningham. The score was set up by a simultaneous catch along the right sideline by Adrian Arrington to give the Wolverines a 1st and 10 inside the Badgers red zone.

Wisconsin added a field goal from 40-yards out to round out the first half scoring.

Michigan opened the second half creating their only turnover of the game, but after gunner Stevie Brown recovered a fumbled punt return, the Wolverines couldn't punch it home from 38-yards out.

Wisconsin then drove the length of the field before kicking its third field goal of the game.

In the fourth quarter, the Wolverines came within two points at 23-21 before a pair of late scores from Zach Brown sealed the 37-21 Badgers win.

Mario Manningham hauled in a 97-yard touchdown pass, a new Michigan record, to open the fourth, and Adrian Arrington's diving 26-yard score were not enough as the Wolverines turned the ball over on their only possession within striking distance of the lead.

Michigan concludes the regular season with a senior day showdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Kick-off is scheduled for noon on ABC. An outright Big 10 Championship and birth in the Rose Bowl game awaits the winner.

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