By STEVE MEGARGEE Sports Writer AP
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s No.14 have found a formula to stop the rushed Wisconsin attack that had embarrassed the Wolverines for the past two years.
âAgainst a tough physical team, I thought our team was playing really physical,â said Harbaugh. “We matched it every moment.”
And once Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz sustained a chest injury, the Badgers’ chances of continuing their recent home dominance in this series have pretty much disintegrated.
Cornelius Johnson caught both of Cade McNamara’s touchdown passes and Michigan went undefeated on Saturday with a 38-17 victory over Wisconsin, marking the Wolverines’ first victory at Camp Randall Stadium since 2001.
Wisconsin (1-3, 0-2 Big Ten) trailed 13-10 when Mertz and tight end Jake Ferguson left with chest injuries early in the third quarter. Mertz was injured when he was sacked by Daxton Hill.
After the departure of Mertz and Ferguson, Michigan (5-0, 1-0) scored 25 consecutive points to put the game out of reach.
âIt didn’t make a difference who was on the other side of the ball,â said Michigan linebacker David Ojabo, who had 2 1/2 of the Wolverines’ six sacks. “It was just a relentless effort.”
Badgers coach Paul Chryst said Mertz had gone to hospital for evaluation but otherwise had no immediate update on either injury.