Conor Sheehy (94) and Andrew Van Ginkel (left) mix to sack Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo
MADISON – Analysts from coast to coast notice that the schedule is so comfortable it makes Charmin impenetrable by comparability.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and his gamers don’t pay attention.
They proceed to battle early, as they did Saturday in opposition to Iowa, with Alex Hornibrook gifting the Hawkeyes a landing with an interception simply 90 seconds into the sport.
Chryst’s gamers don’t flinch, a trait which may be this workforce’s No. 1 energy.
Whether they impress with fashion factors is irrelevant to Chryst and his gamers.
All this UW workforce does is use methods to win, because it did by slowly squeezing the life from rival Iowa, 38-14, in entrance of a crowd of 80,462 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
UW (10-Zero, 7-Zero Big Ten) clinched at the least a share of the West Division title and a berth within the league title recreation and have become the primary workforce in program historical past to win its first 10 video games.
UW has received at the least 10 video games in 4 consecutive seasons, one other program first.
The victory additionally marked the primary time since 2008 that the house workforce has received on this rivalry. Before Saturday, UW’s final house victory over Iowa was 2007.
Iowa (6-Four, Three-Four), which dismantled then-No. Three Ohio State by 55-24 one week earlier, noticed its successful streak finish at two video games.
UW’s protection was magnificent for 4 quarters.
The Badgers entered the day having allowed simply 12 touchdowns, matching Georgia for the third fewest amongst FBS groups. They got here in having held seven of their 9 opponents below the 300-yards mark.
BOX SCORE: Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
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Iowa, led by sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley, was overmatched.
The Hawkeyes gained 20 yards on 23 performs within the opening half as UW rallied for a 17-7 halftime lead.
By the time UW’s lead was 38-14 with 7 minutes 2 seconds remaining, Iowa had 46 yards on 43 performs.
That will not be a misprint.
Iowa completed with 66 yards on 50 performs and Zero-13 on third downs.
Stanley, who got here in with 22 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, completed Eight of 24 for 41 yards, with one interception.
Leon Jacobs returned a fumble 21 yards for a landing within the third quarter to badist UW take a 24-14 lead.
Linebacker T.J. Edwards intercepted a go on the UW 41, which resulted in a 59-yard landing drive and a 31-14 lead.
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UW quarterback Alex Hornibrook entered the day with 15 landing pbades, 9 interceptions and a completion price of 64.Four%. He had thrown at the least one interception in all six Big Ten video games.
Hornibrook threw two interceptions in his first eight makes an attempt. The first, on his second try, was returned 43 yards for a landing simply 1:30 into the sport by cornerback Josh Jackson.
Hornibrook completed with three interceptions – Jackson returned a tipped ball 52-yards for a landing to tug Iowa inside 17-14 within the third quarter.
The redshirt sophomore completed 11 of 18 for 135 yards, with two touchdowns and the three interceptions.
He hit Kendric Pryor for a 12-yard rating to offer UW a 17-7 halftime lead and capped his day with a 5-yard go to A.J. Taylor to push the result in 38-14. Pryor additionally scored on a 25-yard run to offer UW a 10-7 lead.
Tailback Jonathan Taylor misplaced one among two fumbles however ran arduous all recreation and completed with 157 yards on 27 carries.
Bradrick Shaw, who had struggled since dashing for 84 yards within the opener, scored on an Eight-yard run and completed with 47 yards on 10 carries.
Iowa opened the sport simply because it did one week earlier in opposition to Ohio State, with an interception return for a landing.
This time, Jackson stepped in entrance of A.J. Taylor close to the UW sideline for the theft and 43-yard return simply 1:30 into the sport.
How would Hornibrook and UW reply?
With a powerful drive from their 20 to the Iowa 1.
Iowa’s protection stored UW out of the top zone, nonetheless.
Fullback Austin Ramesh gained nothing on second and aim from the 1 and on third and aim tight finish Kyle Penniston moved earlier than the snap for a 5-yard penalty.
On the subsequent play, Hornibrook wasn’t capable of hit Troy Fumagalli in the long run zone and UW settled for a 23-yard area aim by Rafael Gaglianone with 5:43 left within the quarter.
UW’s protection restricted Iowa to 30 yards on its first three possessions. After a three-and-out and a 36-yard punt, the Badgers took over at their 49 with 11:13 left within the first half.
Hornibrook hit Zander Neuville for 9 yards to the Iowa 36 on third and Four after which hit Fumagalli for 11 yards on the subsequent play.
Wide receiver Kendric Pryor scored on an end-around on the subsequent play to badist UW take a 10-7 lead with Eight:55 left within the first half.
UW’s protection continued to dominate Iowa and Stanley.
After Anthony Lotti pinned the Hawkeyes at their Eight with a 62-yard punt, the protection flexed its muscle tissues.
Nose deal with Olive Sagapolu sacked Stanley for a 7-yard loss to the 1 on first down. Stanley sneaked for two yards on second down however linebacker Ryan Connelly dropped tailback Akrum Wadley on the 1 and got here near recording a security.
UW known as a timeout with 2:46 left and the Badgers took over on the Iowa 26 after Nick Nelson returned a 45-yard punt 20 yards.
A false-start penalty moved the ball to the 31 however after Taylor gained 5 yards on a run, he gained 14 to the 12-yard line on a display to the proper.
Hornibrook then hit Pryor, excessive of cornerback Manny Rugamba, within the left nook of the top zone for a landing with 1:19 left within the half to badist UW push its result in 17-7.
Iowa gained nothing on its last possession of the half and went to the locker room trailing by 17-7 and with 20 yards on 23 performs.
Two errors allowed Iowa again into the sport simply Three:32 into the third quarter.
Left guard Jon Dietzen was known as for unsportsmanlike conduct for a late hit, leaving UW going through third and 18 from the Iowa 48.
Hornibrook threw excessive to Rachid Ibrahim in the proper flat on the subsequent play. The go was a bit excessive however Ibrahim received each arms on the ball and tipped it into the air.
Jackson caught the ball on the run and raced down the sideline 52 yards for a landing to badist Iowa pull inside 17-14 with 11:18 left within the quarter.
UW must reply to a different disastrous turnover.
The protection did – with a landing.
Iowa took over at its 20 after a punt and moved out to the 30. But on third and 10, Stanley wasn’t prepared for the shotgun snap and the ball glanced off his proper hip.
Two Iowa gamers had an opportunity to get better the ball, which squirted out of a pile on the 21.
Jacobs scooped up the ball and raced 21 yards for the landing to badist UW take a 24-14 lead with 6:10 left within the third quarter.
After the groups exchanged punts, Iowa was on the march till Edwards ended the drive.
Edwards, who performed quarterback in highschool, made a one-handed interception on the UW 41 with 18 seconds left within the third quarter.
UW’s offense prevented turning the ball over and marched 51 yards for a landing.
Hornibrook hit freshman huge receiver Danny Davis on back-to-back third-down performs, for 12 yards to the Iowa 40 and for 28 yards to the 10.
Shaw scored on an Eight-yard run two performs later and the lead was 31-14 with 10:59 left.
UW’s protection wasn’t completed.
Three performs after the kickoff, Connelly got here free on a blitz and compelled a fumble by Stanley. Jacobs fell on the ball on the 14 and the offense wanted 5 performs to achieve the top zone.
A holding name on Jason Erdmann, filling in at middle for injured starter Tyler Biadasz, worn out a 14-yard landing run by Taylor and pushed the ball again to the 20.
A go interference name on third and 5 gave UW the ball on the 2 and after two working performs misplaced a mixed Three yards, Hornibrook hit A.J. Taylor three performs later for a 5-yard rating.
The lead was 38-17. Just 7:02 remained.
UW was unbeaten, nonetheless.