FOUR THINGS TO WATCH

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Uw Gameday -

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.

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