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Wisconsin football: Final thoughts on Badgers’ win vs Iowa Hawkeyes

I had never been to Kinnick Stadium, so covering Saturday night’s contest between the now-No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers and the Iowa Hawkeyes certainly set a high bar both on the field and in other ways.

First off, for those driving through southwestern Wisconsin to Iowa City—about a three-hour drive from Madison—the scenic view of that section of the Badger State is fantastic. Barely any flat land at all and tons of rolling hills. It really is a fast drive compared to, say, Champaign.

After the first quarter came the coolest aspect of covering the game: the waving of the players/crowd to the families near the top of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

I don’t think much else needs to be said about it other than what a wonderful gesture and fantastic tradition that’s been started.

Game balls

Alex Hornibrook

Surely, you have all heard Gus Johnson’s call by now: “ICE. WATER. IN HIS VEINS.”

The redshirt junior signal caller completed 17 of 22 pass attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns, coming up huge on the go-ahead drive by completing all five of his passes for 67 yards.

The offense was not perfect on Saturday night, but that drive was methodical, utilized various contributors, and Hornibrook steadied the ship down the field until the offense hit paydirt to take the lead.

Jason Erdmann

Maybe lost in the shuffle of skill-position players, but this is a lineman who had to wear two different numbers to play two different positions. The redshirt junior wore No. 96 in Wisconsin’s “Jumbo” package as an extra lineman/pseudo-tight end, then went back to his normal No. 78 to play the rest of the game at center when redshirt sophomore Tyler Biadasz was injured.

Just another example of a former walk-on not just filling in the gap when called upon, but excelling.

Alec Ingold

He turns a fullback reverse of sorts into a 33-yard touchdown run to ice the game in Wisconsin’s favor with 22 seconds left. Before that, a 33-yard reception to begin the second quarter led directly to a 1st-and-Goal opportunity where Hornibrook found tight end Jake Ferguson for a touchdown.

Surprisingly, no fullback dives were called against the Hawkeyes, but Ingold contributed—once again—in a versatile manner.

Ryan Connelly

With his parents in attendance, the redshirt senior—whose father went to school at Iowa—recorded six tackles with a key tackle for loss.

The entire punt coverage unit

Hey, this group of Badgers created two of UW’s three turnovers. Yes, the Iowa special teamer made a poor decision that allowed Wisconsin to get the ball on the Hawkeyes’ 10-yard line, but the third phase of the game can make or break teams.

Fun game notes

  • Wisconsin won its 700th career game. UW is the 26th FBS program to reach this mark.
  • UW’s all-time record is 700–491–53.
  • Saturday’s win was the 16th straight regular-season conference victor, marking not just the longest streak in UW history but also the longest active streak in the nation.
  • Wisconsin has now won five straight at Kinnick Stadium dating back to 2010, and has won six of the last seven contests overall against Iowa.
  • Jonathan Taylor had a “quiet” 113 yards on Saturday, but he has gone over the century mark in all four games this season and has done so in 14 of 18 games during his brief career.
  • Ingold now has 98 career touches. Seventeen have resulted in touchdowns. That’s one touchdown in every 5.8 touches.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Taylor leads the team in receptions (15) and is averaging a whopping 19.6 yards per catch through four games.
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Deron Harrell recorded his first career start.
  • Nine true freshmen made the travel roster for the Iowa contest.

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