MADISON, Wis. - As Saturday approached at Wisconsin and the injury situation progressed from bad to worse for the Badgers, coaches and players grew only more determined to make a statement against 20th-ranked Iowa.
The Badgers (10-0, 7-0) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half and did not allow an offensive touchdown the entire game.
Wisconsin: Hornibrook has now thrown 11 interceptions in Big Ten play, which isn't ideal especially for a run-first offense. A week after tying the school record with three interceptions in a game, Jackson tied another Iowa record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game.
Iowa had just five first downs all day.
Still rusty, still Bucky: For the seventh straight year, Wisconsin managers won the Rusty Toolbox, an actual tool box that has become a traveling trophy for a flag football game played between student managers of the Iowa and Wisconsin football teams. Wisconsin had four turnovers, while Iowa had three.
"Maybe it's a shock, but I think we just rose to the challenge", UW safety Joe Ferguson said of the defense's performance.
T.J. Hockenson had the only reception by a Hawkeye tight end, gaining 6 yards on a third-quarter catch that was followed shortly by a drop by Noah Fant.
Iowa's Jackson would again intercept Honribrook for a pick six to cut Wisconsin's lead to three points. "So many different guys stepped up and made plays".
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"We knew they had a good defense but they played a great game", Wadley said.
Wisconsin's offense, who never struggled getting drives together, but struggled to finish them, finally entered the end zone with a 25 yard jet sweep by receiver Kendric Pryor.
Iowa's average starting field position in the first quarter was its own 11-yard line.
Wisconsin's offense and Hornibrook would reward the defense finally following that defense stop up with a touchdown drive.
Former Badger and 1999 Heisman Trophy victor Ron Dayne served as honorary captain for Wisconsin's game against Iowa on Saturday. Jackson would end up with 95 yards on the two interceptions and also accounted for 100 percent of Iowa's points.
Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor had 157-yards, but fumbled twice. "I feel like our defense is going to step up to the task". Here are some of the highlights of Chryst's press conference following the game. Taylor had a second fumble recovered by a teammate near the goal line in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. He was sacked four times and was pressured in the pocket all night.
Wisconsin moves to 10-0 on the season, clinching the Big Ten West and will try and continue their undefeated season in what should be a top-20 match up against MI next week at Camp Randall.