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Michigan got more than the quality win it had been seeking. It got the statement win to prove that it is indeed a player in the race for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Shea Patterson went 14-of-21 passing for 124 yards and ran for 90 more yards and a touchdown to lead No. 12 Michigan to a 38-13 rout of No. 15 Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 31 unanswered points after the game was tied 7-7 in the second quarter and have now won six straight games.
Senior running back Karan Higdon ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and a Michigan defense that entered the game No. 1 in the nation in yards allowed per game was dominant again.
The Wolverines made life miserable all game for Wisconsin junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who finished 7-of-20 passing for 100 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Michigan struck first with 13:33 left in the first half on a 2-yard touchdown run by Higdon, which was set up by an 81-yard run down to the Wisconsin 5-yard line by Patterson.
The Badgers (4-2, 2-1) tied the game at 7-7 with 11:26 until halftime on a 33-yard touchdown run by wideout Kendric Pryor on an end-around, but it was all Michigan after that.
Quinn Nordin kicked field goals of 42 and 33 yards in the second quarter to give Michigan a 13-7 lead at halftime.
Michigan then took a 21-7 lead at 10:21 in the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Patterson and a two-point conversion pass from Patterson to wideout Nico Collins.
Michigan then blew the game open in the fourth quarter, taking a 31-7 lead with 9:55 remaining on a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by Lavert Hill.
The Wolverines raised the lead to 38-7 with 5:16 left on a 44-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey.
—Field Level Media