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ROAD TO SUCCESS: UW quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been outstanding in road games. He has won 10 straight starts away from home and is 134 of 197 (68%) for 1,654 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions in those games. He is 11-1 in as a starter in road games. “I just think it’s fun playing in a different atmosphere,” Hornibrook said. “Being somewhere you haven’t been, being in a challenging situation where the fans are going at you and that kind of stuff. I just like it.” GETTING HIS KICKS: UW senior kicker Rafael Gaglianone is 5 for 6 on field goals this season and has made 65 overall to match Todd Gregoire, who kicked from 1984-’87, for the program record. “What’s great about the game of football is that it doesn’t just happen,” UW coach Paul Chryst said. “Defenses, offenses, special teams putting him in those positions. There’s a durability to it, there’s a consistency to it and there’s an execution component to it. There’s a lot of things that go into what makes Raf good.” FERGUSON RISES: Tight end Jake Ferguson has become an integral part of UW’s offense and his role will only increase with Zander Neuville likely out for the season with a knee injury. Ferguson is the Badgers’ second-leading receiver with 16 catches for 213 yards. The tight end’s catches have been in crucial spots, with 14 of his 16 catches going for either a first down or a touchdown. He has 10 catches on 13 targets by Hornibrook on third down. BATTLE IN THE TRENCHES: Michigan’s defense is allowing only 3.69 yards per play, the top mark in the nation. That dominance starts with the Wolverines’ front seven, so it will be a good matchup for the Badgers’ mammoth offensive line. The Badgers will try to open holes against a defense that is giving up 2.6 rushing yards per carry.