Horni­brook leads Wis­con­sin past Michi­gan State

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Leo Musso re­turned a fum­ble 66 yards for a touch­down in the third quar­ter and No. 11 Wis­con­sin turned its early show­down with No. 8 Michi­gan State into a rout, beat­ing the Spar­tans 30-6 on Satur­day.

Red­shirt fresh­man, and Malvern Prep grad, Alex Horni­brook threw for 195 yards and a touch­down in his first start for Wis­con­sin, out­play­ing fifth-year se­nior Tyler O’Con­nor, his Michi­gan State coun­ter­part. The Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) were the bet­ter team in the first half and outscored the Spar­tans 17-0 in the third quar­ter.

Michi­gan State (2-1, 0-1) was down 13-6 early in the third and had the ball in Wis­con­sin ter­ri­tory when LJ Scott’s fum­ble bounced to Musso in the sec­ondary. O’Con­nor was the only player with a de­cent shot at him on the re­turn, and Musso spun past the quar­ter­back and went all the way to the end zone.

O’Con­nor fin­ished 18 of 38 for 224 yards with three in­ter­cep­tions.

Corey Cle­ment ran for two touch­downs for Wis­con­sin. alma mater from the start while scor­ing on a kick­off re­turn and even a short touch­down throw to fresh­man line­backer Mack Wil­son. Start­ing tail­back Damien Har­ris went down on the open­ing drive with a sprained right an­kle and didn’t re­turn.

Har­ris was hardly needed in this game, when No. 2 quar­ter­back Blake Bar­nett played much of the way and the emerg­ing fresh­man Ja­cobs ran for 97 yards. It amounted to a respite for the Tide against Kent State (1-3) af­ter a bruis­ing 48-43 come­back vic­tory over No. 23 Mis­sis­sippi.

Hurts was 16 of 24 for 164 yards and ran for 54 yards, in­clud­ing a 20-yard touch­down dash on the open­ing drive. He found Wil­son, who lines up at full­back in goal line sit­u­a­tions, for a 1-yard third-quar­ter score that was sup­posed to go to tight end O.J. Howard. in­jured an an­kle in the sec­ond quar­ter and didn’t re­turn.

It was an im­pres­sive win for the Rebels, who fi­nally built a big lead they didn’t give away. Ole Miss led Florida State by 22 points and Alabama by 21 this sea­son be­fore los­ing both games.

Kelly was 18 of 24 and had a 41-yard touch­down run through the mid­dle of the de­fense.

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