Brandon Peters leaves game with injury

Beth Cruz
November 19, 2017

Peters, who had completed nine of 18 passes for 57 yards before exiting, is in his sophomore season with MI.

Hornibrook finished 9-of-19 for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wisconsin was outgained 169-99 in the first half, with its only score coming on Nick Nelson's 50-yard punt return. The defense, coming off undisputedly best performance of the year, allowing only 66 yards of total offense to Iowa, hopes to continue its dominance - as it should against an offense as inconsistent as MI.

MI quarterback Brandon Peters was treated at a local hospital here Saturday afternoon for a head injury, putting into doubt his status for next week's season finale against Ohio State.

After three straight games of dominating play on the ground, MI was shut down completely running the ball.

Saturday's matchup with the Badgers was Peters' third career start.

Taylor had three catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Hornibrook needs to cut down his interception rate against better competition but adds an explosive element to the Wisconsin offense that wasn't there last season.


MI did end up tying the game on its next possession, and it added a field goal after an Alex Hornibrook interception in the middle of the third quarter.

The Badgers held MI (8-3, 5-3) to 234 yards.

While Michigan has been one of the better teams in the country all year, quarterback has not been its strong suit, as it has mainly relied on the ground game led by running backs Karan Higdon and Chris Evans, both of whom had combined for 16 rushing touchdowns entering the weekend. Fans have watched their team play stellar defense this season, including against MI, and watch a breakout freshman running back take center stage in Jonathan Taylor, but we have yet to see progression from Alex Hornibrook.

MI should be loaded elsewhere on the roster, particularly on defense, and Peters will have a star young receiver in Peoples-Jones to throw too.

Without him, the already limited Wolverines didn't have the firepower to come back from a double-digit deficit. Then there is quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Hornibrook was under constant pressure and sacked three times, all of which killed promising drives for the Badgers.

MI junior RB Karan Higdon (ankle) is suited up in advance of Saturday's game against Wisconsin. Still, Ohio State's front seven is looming as a major challenge, and the offensive line could be in trouble in a potential playoff game against a team like Alabama or Clemson.

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