Wolverines crumble after solid start, Peters injured
Written by Matt Pargoff   


The Wolverines got off to a promising start as they took on undefeated No. 5 Wisconsin on Saturday, but the game took a drastic swing in the third quarter, leading to a 24-10 loss.

Michigan’s defense had a dominant showing prior to the shift in momentum, forcing three-and-outs on five of Wisconsin’s first seven possessions. On the Badgers’ eighth try with the ball, Devin Bush Jr. intercepted a pass on first down, leading to a field goal from the Wolverines.

That turned out to be Michigan’s only lead in the game and it didn’t last long.

At a time when all the momentum seemed to be with the Maize and Blue, Wisconsin responded with a seven-play, 77-yard touchdown drive in which quarterback Alex Hornibrook connected on a couple of big pass, including the score.

Then things got worse for the Wolverines, not only in the game, but potentially for the finale against Ohio State as well. Facing a third and five, Brandon Peters was hit while throwing the ball and driven into the ground. The redshirt freshman signal caller left the game and was taken to the hospital, leaving John O’Korn in to finish the game.

The Badgers immediately followed that with a 5-play, 61-yard touchdown drive, grabbing a stranglehold against a struggling Michigan offense.

Following the game, head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that Peters suffered a head injury, which was still in the process of being evaluated.

“Brandon was shaken up on the play,” Harbaugh said. “He’s back now getting some tests. He’s going to meet us at the plane, so we’ll have a better idea after we see him.”

Should Peters be unable to play, the Wolverines will most likely go with O’Korn against Ohio State next week. Wilton Speight, who started at quarterback last season and the first four games this fall, practiced in non-contact work last week, but was not cleared to play against the Badgers.

Michigan plays host to the Buckeyes at noon eastern with television coverage provided by Fox.


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