Hornibrook looked good against Akron and Georgia State, but he made his first start in East Lansing against the No. 8 team in the country.
No. 4 MI 49, Penn State 10 • In Ann Arbor, Mich., De’Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores for MI in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
“I don’t think that all of the sudden we say because these things happen we go against that”, Dantonio said when asked if O’Connor was now in a quarterback battle.
Wisconsin safety Leo Musso eludes a tackle by Michigan State quarterback Tyler O’Connor after recovering a fumble by running back LJ Scott (not pictured) during the third quarter at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., on September 24, 2016. The Badgers added a 41 yard field goal and then a five yard touchdown run following a bad snap by the Spartans on a punt attempt later in the quarter to round out the scoring.
Dantonio ran down the list of categories in which his team came up short: “Possession time, turnovers, running the football, sacks, third-down conversions, combined with fourth-down conversions”. The Spartans took over at midfield and Scott would rush for six yards on first down and would get the carry again on second down. Musso then put O’Connor in the spin cycle at the 50-yard line, executing a ideal spin-move and scampered into the end zone on a 66-yard touchdown.
Key play: Hornibrook found wide receiver Jazz Peavy for 31 yards to the Spartans’ 30 on third and 8. Hornibrook completed 10 of 17 passes for 121 yards in the half. MSU quarterback Tyler O’Connor was the final green jersey preventing his path to the end zone as Musso streaked up the Wisconsin sideline.
Following Wisconsin’s 30-6 win over Michigan State in East Lansing this past weekend, head coach Paul Chryst and players met with the media Monday to discuss their most recent win and the next challenge against #4 Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor. Hornibrook was 16 for 26 for 195 yards and a touchdown.
Miles’ firing, reported first by The Advocate of Baton Rouge, comes one day after LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which spent last week ranked 18th, lost 18-13 at unranked Auburn.
Factor in quarterback Mitch Leidner, who took off 10 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, and the Gophers (3-0) have their running game going just the way they want it entering Big Ten play. MI rushed for a season-high 326 yards – 107 from De’Veon Smith – and six touchdowns. With the Scarlet Knights have played well and sit at 2-2 on the year, there lack of offense will be their undoing when they play the second ranked team in the nation.
If Wisconsin emerges from October with a 6-1 or 5-2 mark, credit Hornibrook. It was an important win for Auburn (2-2, 1-1 SEC) and coach Gus Malzahn, who faced increased criticism following losses to Top 25 opponents Clemson and Texas A&M. 13 Hawkeyes from the rankings. Back in August, that looked like a dooming collection of games. Now?
Wisconsin can take a bow … and start dreaming big. On Saturday O’Connor threw three interceptions, all ill-timed decisions.
The Demon Deacons (4-0) intercepted IN quarterback Richard Lagow five times. Musso returned the ball 66 yards for a touchdown. He was 16 of 32 for 319 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. In three games, Clement had 197 rushing yards on 42 carries. Jack Cichy leads the Badgers with 23 tackles, T.J. Watt has 4.5 sacks and Derrick Tindal has two interceptions.