Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - UW REPLAY -

PLAYER OF THE GAME Alex Horni­brook’s 12th start at UW was nearly a per­fect 10. The red­shirt sopho­more quar­ter­back, who com­pleted 16 of 28 passes for 201 yards one week ear­lier, at­tempted 19 passes Saturday against BYU. One fell in­com­plete. And that ball ini­tially nes­tled into the hands of fresh­man wide re­ceiver Danny Davis be­fore hit­ting the ground. Horni­brook fin­ished 18 of 19 (94.7%) for 256 yards and four touch­downs. He did not throw an in­ter­cep­tion and, af­forded ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion, was sacked just once. That came late, with UW com­fort­ably ahead, when Horni­brook held onto the ball a bit too long. The com­ple­tion rate broke the pro­gram record of 94.4% (17 of 18), set by Dar­rell Bev­ell against North­west­ern in 1993. Horni­brook com­pleted 8 of 8 at­tempts for 114 yards and three touch­downs on third down. That brought his sea­son to­tals on third down to 18 of 23 (78.3%) for 241 yards and five touch­downs. “He was locked in all week,” left guard Micah Kapoi said. “We saw it all week in his prep. It showed big time. He had a great game. "Some weeks some things click and some things don’t. This week it re­ally clicked for him. Ev­ery­thing re­ally came to­gether and he had a great game.”


Horni­brook was 2 of 2 for 10 yards when UW took over at its 25 in a 3-3 tie with 2 min­utes, 47 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter. UW went for a big hit and Horni­brook and Davis de­liv­ered. Horni­brook ex­e­cuted a play-ac­tion fake and lofted the ball down­field. The ball was slightly un­der­thrown but Davis went up over a de­fender and came down with the ball for a 50-yard gain to the BYU 25. Fresh­man tail­back Jonathan Tay­lor capped the drive five plays later with a 1-yard run and UW was off to the easy vic­tory. “I think that was huge to flip the field,” Horni­brook said. “Ob­vi­ously, it took only one play to get 50 yards. Some­times it takes a good amount of plays and a good amount of time. “Danny made a great play for us and that just brought the en­ergy with us for the rest of that drive.”


UW’s de­fense had been vic­tim­ized by turnovers in each of the first two games, with Utah State and Florida At­lantic each turn­ing a short field into a touch­down. In­side line­backer T.J. Ed­wards helped UW turn the ta­bles early on BYU’s first pos­ses­sion Saturday, al­though the of­fense had to set­tle for a field goal. First-time starter Beau Hoge dropped back to at­tempt his sec­ond pass of the sea­son and looked for fresh­man tight end Matt Bush­man, who en­tered the day with a team-best 13 re­cep­tions. Ed­wards, an­tic­i­pat­ing Hoge would look for Bush­man, dropped into cov­er­age and made an easy in­ter­cep­tion. “They love eighty-nine,” Ed­wards said of Bush­man. “They were try­ing to go to him early. I just kind of locked onto him and got lucky with the throw and was able to make a play on it.”


UW won the coin flip and de­ferred its de­ci­sion to the sec­ond half. BYU nat­u­rally chose to re­ceive. UW’s Zach Hintze, again fill­ing in for P.J. Rosowski (strained quadri­ceps), drilled the ball at least 5 yards deep into the end zone. BYU re­turn man Jonah Trin­na­man, per­haps try­ing to spark his team and the crowd, de­cided to re­turn the kick rather than set­tle for a touch­back. Bad de­ci­sion. Trin­na­man made it to the 14 be­fore he was drilled by Don­tye Car­riere-Wil­liams and Mike Maskalu­nas. UW play­ers said af­ter­ward they an­tic­i­pated a phys­i­cal game and the Badgers’ spe­cial teams set the tone for the af­ter­noon.


■ BYU rode the legs of Hoge and tail­back Ula To­lu­tau dur­ing a 67-yard field-goal drive in the open­ing quar­ter. The Cougars on their next pos­ses­sion chose to line up for­mer UW quar­ter­back Austin Kafentzis in the Wild­cat for­ma­tion on first down. He gained 7 yards on first down but noth­ing on sec­ond down and line­backer Andrew Van Ginkel and de­fen­sive end Isa­iahh Lou­d­er­milk com­bined to drop To­lu­tau af­ter a 1-yard gain on third down.

■ Car­riere-Wil­liams, a tal­ented red­shirt fresh­man who is UW’s nickel back, is get­ting plenty of at­ten­tion as foes avoid at­tack­ing Der­rick Tin­dal and Nick Nel­son. Car­riere-Wil­liams gave up sev­eral short throws Saturday but did come back to record his first in­ter­cep­tion.


“Our goal this week was to be the tougher team, be the team that was go­ing to im­pose our will. I think we took steps in do­ing that.” — Micah Kapoi, UW guard


3 UW touch­downs on its first four drives. 8 Play­ers with at least one catch for UW. 67% UW’s third-down con­ver­sion rate (8 of 12). 20:18 UW’s edge in time of pos­ses­sion. 438 Rush­ing yards through three games for fresh­man Jonathan Tay­lor.


UW (3-0) has a bye. The Badgers re­turn to ac­tion on Sept. 30 against vis­it­ing North­west­ern. Kick­off time is to be de­ter­mined.


Don­tye Car­riere-Wil­liams (right) is con­grat­u­lated by his UW team­mates af­ter his sec­ond-half in­ter­cep­tion.


UW team­mates Alex Horni­brook (left) and David Ed­wards are all smiles af­ter a con­vinc­ing win over BYU on Saturday in Provo, Utah.

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