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Badgers Come Up Big at End

Wisconsin ends Michigan's 23-game win streak in Big Ten openers, 23-20.

September 25, 2005|From Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — John Stocco scored on a four-yard quarterback draw with 24 seconds left, giving Wisconsin a 23-20 victory over No. 14 Michigan on Saturday night and ending the Wolverines' 23-game winning streak in Big Ten openers.

Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0) sealed the win when Michigan's Chad Henne was flushed from the pocket and slipped on the turf, the ball popping loose as time expired, and the Badgers stormed the field with their first win over the Wolverines (2-2, 0-1) since 1994.

It was only the second loss in Michigan's last 38 conference openers, and both were to Wisconsin, which also beat the Wolverines in their 1981 Big Ten kickoff. Wisconsin won its ninth in a row at home.

Brian Calhoun rushed 35 times for 155 yards and gained another 59 yards on seven receptions, and when the Badgers didn't put the ball in his hands after reaching the Wolverines' four with 38 seconds left, the crowd of 83,022, the second-biggest in Camp Randall Stadium history, booed the play calls.

On first down, Stocco's pass over the top was deflected at the line of scrimmage, then his floater into the right corner of the end zone was batted down. On third-and-goal, Stocco dropped back for what looked like another pass, then knifed his way through the goal line as the moans turned into cheers.

It looked as if the Badgers were going to come up short again -- they had lost their last four to Michigan by an average of 4 1/2 points -- when Henne threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to freshman Mario Manningham on a flea flicker that put the Wolverines ahead, 20-16, with nine minutes left.

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